When he first surfaced on the Rancho Palos Verdes scene in 2002, Trump was welcomed. A half dozen years later, The Donald was complaining that the community outside of Los Angeles "tries to stymie everything I do."
Rancho Palos Verdes responded by saying that Trump just doesn't like to follow rules that aren't his own. Let's just say Donald Trump wasn't likely to be voted president of the neighborhood association.
Rancho Palos Verdes is a genteel place on the Southern California coast with rolling hills and manicured lawns. I think they've removed all of the lawn jockey statues, but they've probably just stashed them in the four-car garages above which the staff lives.
Essential How-To Guides on AOL Real Estate Home Buying Selling a Home Renting and Moving Home Improvement There were battles with Trump over pretty much everything -- from his wanting to name a street after himself to his 12-foot ficus trees. At one point, Trump sued the town for $100 million over "fraud and civil rights violation" because it blocked his efforts to maintain the "Trump image."
Nothing personal against the mogul, but there are some communities where even standing on stacks of money doesn't make you tall enough to walk through the guard gate, if you get my drift.
The home he is selling (pictured below) was his personal residence when he stayed in the Los Angeles area, which wasn't all that much apparently. It's located at the 18-hole Trump National Golf Course, which he built, owns and operates. The 11,000-square-foot, five-bedroom Mediterranean has marble floors and walls of glass that retract out of view. The house has a game room with a full-size bar that is a replica of the course clubhouse bar. There is a patio and fire pit off the master bedroom.
The U-shaped house was designed by Luis de Moraes of Envirotechno Architecture. It opens onto a courtyard that has an infinity pool. Ocean and golf course views abound.
Trump paid $27 million in the late 1990s for the 300-acre land site and constructed the golf course and adjacent properties. He is chairman of his own real estate development company and founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump also stars in and produces "The Apprentice" and is famously known for many things, including his signature "You're fired!" line -- which it appears he's now directing to this seashore community.
Linda D'Ambrosi and Sandra Callen of Keller Williams, Rancho Palos Verdes, are the listing agents.
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