John Lennon’s Palm Beach Estate Hits the Market for $47.5M

El Solano, the Palm Beach estate once owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, has hit the market for a whopping $47.5 million. Lennon bought the house in January 1980, and spent the winter living there. He was killed in December of that year. After proceeding with the home renovation she and Lennon planned together, Ono eventually sold it in 1986.

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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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