Donald Trump and The Contentious Creation of Mar-a-Lago

Like everything the Donald does, the conversion of the historic Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach into a private club in 1995 was thick with controversy, with Trump himself often playing the bad guy. In the first few years, there was scheming, sex, and decadence, the perfect storm for a great story about the 1 percent. The latest issue of Vanity Fair features an essay by Laurence Leamer, author of Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Trump’s Presidential Palace. Here are the juiciest tidbits from the story:

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Buy this Absolutely Baroque ‘Palm Beach Regency’ House for $8.75M

I would have liked to save the first Palm Beach Regency house to be featured on the Big Bubble for a perfect time capsule of that architectural style, a gracious flowering of subtropical neoclassicism that was extremely popular in Palm Beach in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. However, this unrestrained expression of… well… something… makes this house one not to miss.

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Totally Fab Mid Mod Des Res in Palm Beach Wants $5.69 Million

Built in 1952, this midcentury modern house in the Estate Section of Palm Beach is listed for $5.69 million and centered around a fabulous circular courtyard and pool. The house has some traditional architectural detailing, like a chevron parquet wood floor, and large french doors, but it also includes some spectacular midcentury elements like that pool. Ohhhh, that pool. The front gate is pretty spectacular too. This place is meant for people who drink way too much and somehow stay fabulous doing it. Here’s how the brokerbabble describes the joint:

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$64.9 Million Palm Beach Spec House is Absolutely Humungo

Built in 2015, the rambling oceanfront pile at 1071 N. Ocean Boulevard in Palm Bech clocks in at a very impressive 35,000 square feet of barrel-tile-roofed wings, vaulted galleries, stately rooms, and grand staircases. The circular driveway is the size of a town square or a proper cour d’honnour of a great chateau in the south of France—of which the Mediterranean style of this place does its best to emulate.

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