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Donald Trump’s Former Estate Relists For A Deep Discount

Once asking $78 million, the Greenwich property is now listing for $43 million

By E.B. Solomont
Tue, Aug 23, 2022 9:54amGrey Clock 3 min

After going on and off the market for more than a decade, former President Donald Trump’s onetime Connecticut estate is relisting for roughly half its 2014 asking price.

Once asking $78.5 million, the roughly 6-acre waterfront estate in Greenwich is now listing for $43.4 million, according to listing agent Rob Johnson of Brown Harris Stevens. The roughly 1858sqm Georgian mansion has panoramic views of Long Island Sound.

Mr. Trump and his ex-wife the late Ivana Trump owned the property in the 1980s and Ms. Trump kept the home after they divorced. The current owners, financier Robert Steinberg and his wife, Suzanne Steinberg, bought it for US$15 million in 1998, records show.

The Steinbergs were drawn to the home’s location and the fact that it was big enough for their large family, said Mr. Steinberg, adding that they wanted to be in the Greenwich public school system. “The prior owner is known for picking world-class properties, and this fits that category,” he said. “There was plenty of land to do what we wanted.”

The Trump family didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Steinberg said they spent about two years renovating. They removed gilded finishes, he said, and added about 464.5sqm to the home, including an indoor lap pool and two guest apartments for extended family. The house has eight bedrooms plus staff quarters, as well as a movie theatre and a soaring entryway with twin curved staircases.

On the grounds, the couple added a tennis court and putting green, Mr. Steinberg said. They also repaired the sea wall and rebuilt the outdoor pool. Over the years, he said the family has hosted graduation parties and weddings on the property. “The house was livable for a lot of children and pets,” said Mr. Steinberg, who said his wife rescues dogs and they have had up to 14 at a time.

The Steinbergs now spend most of their time in Florida, where they built a home in Delray Beach. The Greenwich estate has been on and off the market since 2009, when the Steinbergs listed it for $72 million, according to Realtor.com. News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, also operates Realtor.com under license from the National Association of Realtors. It was relisted for $78 million in 2014, and most recently was asking $46 million.

“I had priced it at a very high price initially with the concept that if someone really wants it, I guess I’ll sell it,” Mr. Steinberg said. “But I mispriced it.”

Over the years, he said buyers expressed interest but none made serious offers. “I had one Chinese buyer [who] was seriously interested, but his feng shui adviser told him it wasn’t right,” he said. He has also rejected offers to sell the property in pieces. “It’s too special,” he said.

Mr. Johnson said because the property comprises multiple lots, a buyer could keep the existing structure or redevelop the site into several waterfront homes.

He said the Steinbergs are being “very pragmatic” about selling now, and he said he thinks the combination of a lower price and strong luxury market since Covid will result in a sale. Recently, they “edited and simplified” the Greenwich property with a bit of decluttering, fresh paint and staging, Mr. Johnson said.

The luxury market in Greenwich was soft before the pandemic, but it has benefited from a wave of buyers from the city, as well as those relocating from California, Mr. Johnson said.

“The market has definitely appreciated in the last couple of years,” he said, adding that there is limited waterfront inventory available. “There’s likely nothing else on the water that’s got 6 acres.”

Last year, financier Brett Barakett and his wife, Meaghan Barakett, sold a waterfront estate in Greenwich for approx. $72 million, records show. And designer Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, sold their property for $65.4 million.

Reprinted by permission of The Wall Street Journal, Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication: August 22



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The ball is in the buyer’s court with this knockdown/rebuild opportunity

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Tue, Apr 18, 2023 2 min

Glenhaven in Sydney’s Hills District is one of those areas that locals tend to keep to themselves. Leafy with large blocks on offer, the suburb takes its name from its valley location, with the northern end originally known as the Glen and the southern end called the Haven. 

En route from Parramatta to the Hunter, Glenhaven has become an ideal place for growing families in search of a little more space, or even room to house several generations under one roof.

The challenge is finding properties that tick all the right boxes.

As demand for trades and supply chain issues continue to ease, now could be the right time for a knockdown/rebuild project for would-be buyers looking to create their dream home.

Fairmont Homes specialises in knockdown/rebuild projects in Sydney. General manager at Fairmont Homes, Daniel Logue, said there are key features to look for when choosing a knockdown/rebuild site.

“The key items we look for are the site falling to the street, not to the rear, to help with stormwater drainage as well as access to the site,” he said. “Neighbouring property front setbacks are also important. In some older areas, the older houses are set closer to the street, meaning your new home will have to be set to suit.

“Value for money and the return on the end sale price of the home is another issue.”

If possible, he said designing a home that meets the criteria of the Complying Development legislation will speed up approvals considerably.

While suitable knockdown/rebuild sites can be hard to find in Glenhaven, there are still hidden opportunities if you know where to look.

One block at 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven is ideally suited for rejuvenation. With almost 850sqm to play with, it slopes down to the street and sits between neighbouring properties that have already been stylishly updated.

 

 

An existing basketball court at the rear could provide the perfect teen backdrop to a family home, or it could make way for a larger house with landscaped gardens and pool. Alternatively, it could be the perfect position for a cabana or granny flat to serve as in-law accommodation or a source of secondary income.

With recent sales of completed homes in nearby streets reaching well above $5 million, it’s a great opportunity to make a slam dunk of a buy into one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

Address: 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven
Price guide: $1.8 million
Inspection: By appointment only

 

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