Archive for March, 2011

Exclusive!!! Never-Before-Seen Photos of Mar-a-Lago | Donald Trump’s Private Club in Palm Beach, Florida

March 31st, 2011

As rumors persist regarding Donald Trump making a Presidential run, perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at his Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago.

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Mar-a-Lago | Aerial Photo – Lake to Ocean | CLICK HERE to see a larger photo

Mar-A-Lago (Sea to Lake) was built between 1924-1927 by Marjorie Merriweather Post (Post Cereals) and her husband at the time, E. F. Hutton. When Mrs. Post died in 1973 she left the property, all 17 acres of it, to the US government, which had declared the estate to be ‘The Mar-a-Lago National Historic Site’ in 1969, and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 by an Act of Congress. The government couldn’t afford to keep it — they were losing out on all of those property tax dollars and paying for the continued upkeep — so it was sold……to one Donald J. Trump in 1985 for the sum of $10 million.



After using the estate as his own personal residence for 10 years and spending millions of dollars to restore it to its original splendor, Mr. Trump turned this exquisite Spanish/Moroccan-inspired private home of 126 rooms into a private club, the Mar-a-Lago Club, which opened in 1995 with 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, a 29-foot marble-topped dining room table, 12 fireplaces, and to keep up with the times, 3 bomb shelters! Outside has been added 6 tennis courts, 5 clay and 1 grass, where Mrs. Post used to have her own personal golf course. There is now a large swimming pool facing the Intracoastal Waterway, a 20,000 square foot ballroom, as well as a spa which pampers the members and their guests with massages, a hair stylist, and a gym.

Despite Mr. Trump’s run-ins with the Town of Palm Beach over things such as the size of his flagpole & flag and his on-going discussions with the Palm Beach International Airport over airplanes flying over Mar-a-Lago as they take off and/or land, making noise and disturbing him and his guests, the word’s out that he is once again considering making a run for the Presidency in 2012. We’ve heard this before, but maybe this time he just might try. Imagine him hearing ‘You’re Fired!‘ But at least he’d have this gorgeous architectural masterpiece to go home to.


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Tiger’s Yacht May Be On The Block! | Divorce Is Expensive!

March 30th, 2011

The family and celebrity lifestyle of Tiger Woods continues to make news here in north Palm Beach County. The real estate market on Jupiter Island was given an economic shock treatment when Tiger bought the estate of the tire magnate Chuck Curcio, and several surrounding properties, then demolished the main home and combined the properties to make one large compound complete with practice facility for his ailing golf game.

Then he built a mansion/compound for his mom over in Jupiter, giving that area’s construction industry another shot in the arm. Pictures of this house are floating around the Internet.

Next, the local real estate market was buzzing when the ex-Mrs. TW was checking out condo penthouses on Jupiter Island, just a short drive from his above-mentioned compound. The unit she was looking at had a rooftop patio & bar and one of the most spectacular views up the Island. Although this was an incredible place, last week we learned she purchased an oceanfront mansion in Seminole Landing in North Palm Beach for a reported $12.2 million. Speculation arose about why Seminole Landing? My theory is that it is very private and protected and the Tiger cubs and mom can go out on the beach and be beyond the reach of even the longest telephoto lens.

Today, word is out that Tiger is shopping for a broker for his 155-ft yacht ‘Privacy’, which has been moored in North Palm since his domestic troubles started. The asking price will be a reported $25 million. That’ll help towards the reputed $100 million he has to pay Elin. Recently, the yacht was moved to Ft. Lauderdale to undergo painting on the deck and hull. I have walked next to this yacht and can tell you the finish is gleaming!

All things considered, Tiger and his miscellaneous endeavors are still good for business, whether that is golf, construction, yacht brokerage, or divorce attorneys.

105 Via Paradisio | Paradisio at Mirasol

March 24th, 2011

As you approach this 3888-sq.ft. mustard & beige Italian villa built in 2002 with its wrought-iron double entry gate, you know something special lies behind the stone-clad columns and running water fountain. The double glass entry calla lily patterned etched doors open onto a 24ft high rotunda with 2nd story clerestory windows. Gold painted decorative Listello, faux painted walls, hand molded ceiling with up-lighting washing & illuminating the gold details. The foyer is even more outstanding at night, with the interior cast-stone columns, inlays with porcelain tile, and antique chandelier.

Stepping into the living & dining room area, the open floorplan is visually exciting and functionally entertaining. All of the living areas have inviting views of the exterior patio and butler’s pantry with granite-clad transitional wet bar, tumbled marble backsplash and glass cabinetry.

The ceiling of the living room is an identical copy of the famous Cardozzo Villa in Spain, diagonal, double, step-coffered boxes inset in a trellis pattern, with faux painted gold medallions and extensive crown moldings. The elegant and delicate lace leaf high-end draperies are visually both attractive and allow you to see through to the tropical paradise behind the windows.

The present dining table, which seats 8, is 5½ feet square, a pleasant relief from the long & narrow traditional cramped dining room. Overall, this home has over $200,000 in builder upgrades, including Irpina stained cabinetry, enormous floating granite island, double molding, 5-burner gas range and pantry. Both the kitchen and circular picturesque breakfast room have full views of the lush landscaping & patio.

The 33ft-long family room with its 60” flat-panel high definition TV serves both as a media and a gathering room with its picturesque, wide arched windows. The walnut-clad woodwork in the library is adorned by a Tommy Bahama fan, rich crown molding, and a complete built-in wall unit & desk.

The extended, 30ft-wide faux-painted Master Bedroom with sitting area has butted glass and an open view onto the golf course and beyond to the preserve. The ceiling above the master bed is recessed with double-stepped inset crown hexagonal molding, while the drop-down ceiling above the seating area is octagonal shaped.

The master bath features a cozy, romantic, circular tub, 2 large walk-in closets, Saturnia countertops, etched shower doors, and translucent glass block for natural light. The circular medallion above the tub mirrors its shape.

There are 2 guest bedrooms, one with private entry French doors and both with personal baths. The powder room has a Saturnia countertop. There are 2 garages, one for His & Hers cars and the other for a golf cart.

The heated spa is adorned by a lion’s head fountain, flanked by both bougainvillea and majestic royal palms. There is both an 18-foot, covered, stucco-finished loggia & open patio on this extra-deep pie-shaped lot. The yard is fenced and has an exterior gas line for the BBQ.

Finally, there is a 33ft-deep natural transition area from the rear fence to the golf course with scrubbed pines overlooking the 9th green of the Sunset golf course and beyond.

104 Via Escobar Place | Condado at Mirabella

March 23rd, 2011

104 Via Escobar Place in Condado at Mirabella is one of the largest models in Mirabella, located on a quiet cul-de-sac with lots of upgrades. An open kitchen with wood cabinets, granite countertops, huge island, gas range & double ovens. Great for entertaining. The 1st floor features formal dining, power room and large master with two walk-in closets, 2 sinks in the bath, and separate vanity area, Roman spa tub and shower. The 2nd level has a loft area, perfect for home office or kids play area, plus 3 more bedrooms and 2nd master bedroom with walk-in closet and full bathroom. The backyard is perfectly landscaped, completely private, and great for entertaining on the extended paver-brick patio. It is fully screened and has outside gas ready for BBQ. Intercom system and surround sound throughout.

Elin Buys A House…..Mansion! | Tiger’s Ex Scores Big!

March 23rd, 2011

After the nasty domestic troubles of the Tiger Woods marriage became public, all eyes followed the couple as they closed up the Orlando life they shared and headed their separate ways. But not too separate.

Tiger had already purchased an estate on Jupiter Island – that of the Tire Kingdom magnate Chuck Curcio – then added surrounding properties to create a compound. The total cost is reported to be $60 million, including a couple of pools and a golf hole or two. I published aerial shots of this house on my blog. Now the eTabloids are buzzing as he prepares to move in. I wonder if he picked up boxes to move at the local liquor store? Probably not.

So when the ex-Mrs. Tiger Woods began to prowl around for a little place of her own, all eyes were watching to see where she might wind up with the kids. She took a peek at the penthouse at The Claridge on Jupiter Island with the most spectacular views up the island and a rooftop bar, but didn’t choose it. On a clear day, the kids could see daddy’s house from up there.

The internet is now abuzz again as her trust has purchased a home in Seminole Landing in North Palm Beach. She scraped together $12.2 million for this apparently private sale and will be settling right on the clear Atlantic just north of Lost Tree Village.

Seminole Landing has been a very quiet and exclusive enclave for the wealthy for years, especially those estates right on the ocean. At the peak of the real estate boom, one of them was listed for $36 million. The little Tiger cubs will be able to build sand castles in front of the house without nosy reporters sneaking around for a picture. Seminole Landing is a very protected area and still just a 15-minute drive to Jupiter Island.