Mar-a-Lago, the exclusive club that is owned by former US President Donald Trump is in Palm Beach, Florida. The historic 62,500 square feet mansion is placed on a stretch of land in Palm Beach County which is bordered by water on both sides. To the club’s east is the Atlantic Ocean and to the west is the Florida Intracoastal Waterway.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently raided the sprawling mansion while Trump was in New York City. On August 8, 2022, the former president said the club had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to him, the FBI broke the lock on a safe and took documents that were stored inside. CBS News reported that following the end of his presidency in 2020, Trump had brought along information from the White House, some of which were classified documents.
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The members only club’s address is 1100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach and it is nearly a hundred years old. Mar-a-Lago began construction in 1924, and was completed in 1927.
The large mansion in Florida was the brainchild of one Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress to the Post Cereals business empire. The house had two designers, Mariom Sims Wyeth designed the mansion while Joesph Urban was called in to design and craft the interior and exterior decorations.
Before her death in1973, Post wrote in her will that the mansion would go to the federal government and for it to serve as the Winter White House for sitting US presidents and the country’s visiting dignitaries. However, the expenses of running such a vast tract of land was prohibitively expensive for the government, not to mention the difficulty in maintaining round the clock security.
By 1981, Mar-a-Lago was in the hands of the Post Foundation once again, which put the property up for sale at $20 million. Four years later in 1985, Trump acquired the property for less than half the selling price, at $7 million.