Donald Trump’s first wife and mother of Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric Trump, Ivana Trump was a model, a socialite, a competitive skier, an interior designer, a fashion-and-perfume mogul, and a behind-the-scenes force on many of Trump’s most important deals of the 1980s. Now, her Manhattan Home is for sale.
Ivana’s marriage and subsequent divorce from the future 45th president were the subjects of extensive media coverage. These included her interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters. After the divorce, Ivana started her fashion lines, wrote several books, made a cameo in the blockbuster comedy First Wives Club, competed on Celebrity Big Brother, and hosted her reality show Ivana Young Man in which she helped wealthy older women find young partners. Her final marriage, in 2008, was to an Italian model 23 years her junior. Ivana died last July at the age of 73 and has three children and ten grandchildren.
The Manhattan Mansion
With her passing, Ivana’s estate has put her home, an opulent Manhattan townhouse, on the market for $26.5 million. The six-story home was purchased for $2.5 million soon after her divorce from Donald. Moreover, it reflects Ivana’s big personality and her whimsical style. It also shows her passion for interior design with gold leaf, crystal chandeliers, and pink marble.
Ornate double doors open onto a stately formal gallery with blood-red carpets, gilded paneling, and an immense Italian crystal chandelier. An amazing curved marble staircase leads to the second-floor entertainment level, where soaring ceilings, gilded fireplaces, and a sumptuous Versailles-inspired dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the private interior courtyard hosted famous actors, luminaries from all industries, and even royalty.
An old-fashioned, birdcage-style elevator leads to the upper floors of the mansion. The third level features the spectacular primary suite complete with a painted mural, and a leopard-print library. It also has an opulent executive office clad in leopard print complete with a gold-and-black marble fireplace. The en-suite bathroom has pink Onyx marble with gold hardware and includes an enormous soaking tub, double sinks, and mirrored vanity. Five more bedrooms, each with its chic style, occupy the next two floors, while a media room, second office, and basement Swedish sauna round out the home’s lavish offerings.
Built in 1879, Ivana Trump’s Manhattan Home has a columned facade, mansard roof, and one-of-a-kind, gold-and-black grilled doors. It is located on a coveted block of New York’s Upper East Side between 5th and Madison Avenues. Moreover, it is directly across from the former mansion of Ivana’s friend Donatella Versace and within walking distance from Central Park. It is also close to the opulent shops of Madison Avenue, world-class dining, and Manhattan’s famous museums. Known for its gorgeous brownstones and upscale high-rises, the Upper East Side is one of Manhattan’s poshest neighborhoods. Other celebrities who call the area home include Mariah Carey, Rickey Martin, Samuel L. Jackson, Mia Farrow, and Drew Barrymore.
The listing is held by J. Roger Erickson of Douglas Elliman. Photos Courtesy Evan Joseph Photography.