Hello Zillow? Trumps Said To Be House-Hunting in Palm Beach
Come Jan. 20, when Donald Trump no longer is president and leaves Washington, D.C., for good, all indications are that he’s heading to Florida. He and wife, Melania, changed their official residence to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, although local ordinances he agreed to prohibit him from occupying the estate as his permanent residence.
Neighbors of the waterfront property are vehemently opposed to him being there for practical reasons, having endured four years of Secret Service-imposed road closures and gridlocked traffic because of those who clog the streets hoping to get a glimpse of Trump’s motorcade as it makes its way to his nearby Trump International Golf Club.
The New York Post is reporting that the Trump’s have been talking to local real estate brokers about possibly buying a “premium Florida property” house in Palm Beach. In addition to the legal obstacles they face, it appears that Melania, who’s been redecorating their separate bedrooms, sitting rooms and offices at Mar-a-Lago, is feeling cramped in the 2,000 square foot space after living in the six-floor, 55,000-square foot White House.
The Trumps also reportedly have been looking at Palm Beach-area private schools for their son, 14-year-old Barron. Another source told The Post, “They are . . . also looking for homes near Mar-a-Lago to purchase. The thought is they will stay at Mar-a-Lago initially,” Page Six reported.
There’s a kind of weird dynamic developing near Trump’s estate. There are supporters of the president who make a point of lining the streets with pro-Trump banners and signs whenever they suspect he might be driving by.
Roger Everingham, an 82-year-old Biden supporter who lives directly across the water from Mar-a-Lago, said he has grown frustrated with the area’s Trump frenzy.
“But it’s a lot of laughs, particularly when I watch the circus as he drives by,” Everingham, who ran Palm Beach’s iconic Colony Hotel for 20 years, acknowledged as he walked with Louie, his Chihuahua.
That raucous collection of Trump supporters is anything but spontaneous and local, he insisted, noting that most of his neighbors are Democrats.
“They come from somewhere else. They’re organized,” Everingham said of the crowds. Someone is “absolutely” tipping them off about Trump’s movements, he added.