By: Fern Sidman
Now that former President Trump and wife Melania have once again settled into their Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida for the long haul, it has now been reported that other Trump family members are heading to the Sunshine state to declare residency there.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that first daughter Ivanka Trump, husband Jared Kushner and their three kids will be living in a luxury condominium in the Arte building in Miami’s exclusive Surfside neighborhood. Ivanka and Jared are renting for the time being until they move to their permanent home which is being custom built for them in a high-security area known as the “Billionaire Bunker” on Indian Creek Island.
According to a report by the local CBS affiliate in Miami, their soon to be new home is only a five-minute drive from where they will be renting in Surfside. The couple purchased a two-acre waterfront lot last month for $32 million from iconic singer, Julio Iglesias.
Besides such celebrities as Julio Iglesias who call that part of Miami home, other notable residents include investor Carl Icahn and billionaire Jeff Soffer, according to a recent report in the New York Post. Soon to be residents of the exclusive area are NFL star Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.
Jared, 40, and Ivanka, 39, won’t be too far from the former president and his wife as the property is about 60 miles from Mar-a-Lago, according to the CBS report.
According to published reports, the couple will be leasing a unfurnished unit in Arte Surfside for at least a year, or until their new palatial mansion has completed construction on Indian Creek Island. Reports indicate that the unit they are leasing is quite large.
While the monthly rent on the exclusive apartment has not been disclosed, the WSJ has reported that similar properties in the area typically lease for tens of thousands of dollars per month.
According to their web site, Arte Surfside is “a one-of-a-kind collection of 16 exquisitely finished oceanfront residences, and is the first-ever project in the United States by the legendary Italian architecture and design partnership of Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel in collaboration with Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design.”
As was reported by the local CBS affiliate in Miami, “one of its developers is Alex Sapir, whose organization teamed up with Donald Trump’s firm to build the Trump Soho condo-hotel in New York City in 2008.”
The condo website also said that Arte “embraces its privileged setting in Surfside, an exclusive seaside enclave celebrated for its historic architecture and wide, tranquil beaches. Every residence enjoys spectacular ocean views from private terraces that celebrate outdoor living in a warm, Mediterranean style, as well as first-class services and amenities that rival the world’s most luxurious beachfront resorts.”
The web site also reported the distinct architecture drew inspiration from “classic European apartments of the 1920s and ’30s, as Citterio combines architectural virtuosity with a purist sensibility, weaving a richly layered world of tactile wonder. Each highly individual residence is designed to maintain privacy between entertaining areas and bedrooms.
Soaring floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow the flow of abundant natural light and frame the prized views of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami skylines. Expansive, deep terraces with Brazilian ipe decking are wrapped in travertine and offer seamless indoor and outdoor living. Wide plank 11” European white oak flooring accentuates the impressive layouts and offsets the bronze detailing and architectural travertine seen throughout.”
Also looking for a home in Florida are Donald Trump Jr, 43, and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, 51. According to a New York Post report they are “looking at homes in Jupiter, about an hour and a half away from Indian Creek Island.”
Vanessa Trump, 43, who is Donald Jr’s ex-wife, lives in Jupiter with the couple’s five children, according to the Post report and the location is fairly close to the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter. If the name Jupiter rings a bell, it is where the late actor Burt Reynolds made his home and where he maintained a very successful dinner-theater operation.
Tiffany Trump, 27, the president’s second daughter who is the offspring of his fairly brief marriage to actress Marla Maples is also doing some real estate shopping in south Florida, according to the NY Post.
Having just announced her engagement to boyfriend Michael Boulos and having graduated from Georgetown University Law School, the younger Trump daughter is looking for property in the trendy South Beach section of Miami, according to a source who spoke exclusively with the Post.