By: Serach Nissim
Several Manhattan apartments are entering the market, which were previously owned by the late Robert Trump, former President Donald Trump’s youngest brother. The ensemble of homes is hitting the market for $7.5 million. The Trump family never lived in the apartments, which are being sold by Robert Trump’s estate, as per the WSJ.
The late Robert Trump passed away on Aug 15, 2020, at age 71, from a fatal stroke. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, included in the offering is a duplex co-op at East 66th Street on the Upper East Side, on the eighth and ninth floors of the historic limestone-clad “Studio Building”. Another separate apartment in the Italian Renaissance palazzo style building’s seventh floor is also in the assemblage. The listing agents are John Burger and Katherine Marshall, both with Brown Harris Stevens.
Mr. Burger said the duplex, is a combination of multiple apartments, and is being sold in “white box” condition, meaning it is somewhat unfinished. It boasts 20-foot-high ceilings and stained glass windows in the living room. The Trumps never moved in, said Mr. Burger, adding that the apartment was vacant for a few years. Mrs. Marshall added that Robert Trump and his then-wife, Blaine Trump, had started out by purchasing a duplex in the Studio Building, in 2003, for $5 million. Then they added on two more units, for a combined price of $1.6 million, as per property records. However, the couple split before they could finish renovating, and it was left incomplete, Ms. Marshall told the WSJ. She added that it is now a good time to sell, as Manhattan’s real-estate market has been rallying, due to pent-up demand following the pandemic.
James Kiley, a lawyer for the estate, said that Robert Trump also had homes on Long Island and in New York’s Dutchess County. Robert had been in charge of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the years prior to his death, Robert Trump was the president of Trump Management. He had always been a loyal supporter of his brother’s political career. Donald Trump had visited him at New York-Presbyterian Hospital shortly prior to his death, and had later made the following statement: “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever.”