“Before the February foreclosure, Mr. Trump paid $500,000 for about 200 acres around the house. The property included most of the front yard, most of the driveway and a large chunk of the back yard. The deal also included a right of first refusal on the mansion, meaning that Mr. Trump had the right to match the offer of any other would-be buyer.”
The Fall of the House of Kluge Leads to the Rise of the Yard of Trump
The Donald Snaps Up Lawn, Driveway of Foreclosed Manse; Bank Is Not Amused
From the WSJ…
As Ms. Kluge’s empire collapsed, Mr. Trump bought. Over the past six months, he swooped in and picked up many of the pieces of her palatial Virginia estate and winery. He bought the 1,000-acre vineyard and winery for a fraction of their original value. He bought 200 acres nearby for less than $500,000, with help from Ms. Kluge and her son.
Now, the pompadoured billionaire and reality-TV star may have outplayed a much bigger rival in a bid for Ms. Kluge’s crown jewel: her mansion. Bank of America owns the house after foreclosing and is trying to sell it for $16 million. The 24,000-square-foot neo-Georgian palace has 45 rooms, a spa, home theater, 3,500-bottle wine cellar and 2,000-square-foot sitting room.
One thing the house doesn’t have, however, is a front yard. Mr. Trump owns that, having purchased it with his 200 acres. He also owns most of the driveway and the backyard, making a sale to any other buyer difficult. Mr. Trump said he would buy it from Bank of America for $3.6 million.
To make his point, he has erected signs on the front lawn of the mansion that read, “No Trespassing. This Land is Owned by Trump Virginia Acquisitions LLC,” aimed at warding off possible buyers. He has also let the lawn go to seed.
“Maybe someone is stupid enough to buy the house,” Mr. Trump said. “I wish them luck.”
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