Just as lawyers filed an appeal to keep Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. from being forced to sit for depositions related to the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into the Trump Organization, and just as the House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capital laid out potential criminal charges against the former president, the legally embattled Trump family has relisted an oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach at $59 million, a whopping ten million bucks more than was asked last year when it was briefly available at $49 million.
As was initially reported by the New York Post, the home had long been owned by Trump’s older sister, retired federal appeals judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who purchased the property in 2004 for $11.25 million. Barry initially put the place up for sale in late 2017 at $22.9 million; the price quickly (and inexplicably) jumped to $23.9 million before it was sold at a steep discount, in May 2018 for $18.5 million, to a company tied to the Trump family and managed by Eric Trump.
About 2.5 years later, Barry’s niece, Mary L. Trump, surreptitiously recorded hours of conversations with Barry in which, it was later revealed via leaked audio, Barry lacerated her younger brother, calling him “cruel” and saying, “He has no principles. None.” She went on to say, “You can’t trust him.” Ouch. Maybe it’s not such a surprise, then, Trump and his kids no longer wish to own Judge Barry’s former home.
Situated amid sculpted plantings, across the street from Mar-a-Lago and next door to the private resort’s oceanfront beach club and 132-foot-long swimming pool, the almost 8,300-square-foot Bermuda-style mansion dates to the mid-1950s but has been extensively updated since. A comparison of promo materials from when the house was last sold in 2018 suggest some basic cosmetic improvements have been made but otherwise it’s not clear what justifies the $40 million price increase in just four years.
Listings held by Palm Beach power broker Lawrence Moens, of Lawrence A. Moens Associates, show the quoined and shuttered traditional mansion presides over almost 200 feet of prime beach frontage, with eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus a trio of powder rooms for guests. Property taxes ring up to $246,504 annually.
Simply and generically furnished like a high-end corporate hotel suite, highlights of the home include gleaming snow-white marble floors that flow from the foyer, with its curved staircase, into the pecky cypress paneled living room. In the adjoining sunroom, a curved wall of giant picture windows allow for a cinematic beach and ocean view. There’s also a petite study, an ocean-facing formal dining room, a poolside lanai, and a family room, where a painting of the American flag hangs on one wall.
Upstairs, a spacious den and the primary bedroom open to a large ocean-front terrace, while the backyard consists of a slender strip of lawn between the house and beach, along with a square swimming pool that sits about as close to the ocean as it can get without actually being in the ocean.
As a bonus — or maybe it’s not a bonus, depending on one’s point of view — the next owner will have access to a full membership at Mar-a-Lago, a perk available to all residents of Woodbridge Road, a narrow, mansion-lined lane that runs alongside the member’s only golf and beach club.