Trump's 'Winter White House' in Palm Beach has been a plan 90 years in the making

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President Trump is scheduled to go to the Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida to attend the annual International Red Cross Ball this weekend. Despite the Trump family owning properties around the world, the Palm Beach resort has a special place in the businessman-turned-politican's heart. For over 20 years, Trump and his family have spent Thanksgiving in the ornately decorated dining hall. Trump's third wedding to Melania Knuss was held at the ocean-side estate, as well as the weddings of his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric. His mother's meatloaf recipe is even on the menu.

Mar-a-Lago began as the personal property of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress of what would eventually become General Mills, Inc. She finished construction on the waterfront Palm Beach mansion in 1927 for $8 million. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the 17-acre property as a historic site in 1969. The land's public ties continued upon Post's death in 1973, when she willed it to the Federal Government to be used as a retreat for presidents and diplomats.

According to Time Magazine, Congress was reluctant to maintain Mar-a-Lago at a $1 million per year upkeep and let it fall into disrepair. The government gave the property back to the Post Foundation, who subsequently sold it to Donald Trump in 1985.

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PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 12: (MINIMUM PRICING APPLIES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE) Place settings photographed before guests arrive for Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump's wedding reception at The Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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General view of the upper balcony area during Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon's wedding at The Mar-a-Lago Club November 11, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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View of the beach club pool at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, February 17, 2003.

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General view inside The Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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American businessman Donald Trump talks with a group of Boy Scouts on a tour of the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1999.

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General view of the upper balcony area at The Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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General view of Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon's wedding reception at The Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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An American flag flies over Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago club November 1, 2006 in Palm Beach, Florida. The town of Palm Beach has cited Donald Trump because the flag is too big and does not meet the town's specifications. A hearing is scheduled.

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Grand interior reception at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate in Florida
Grand interior reception at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate in Florida
Party on the Moon performs during US President-elect Donald Trump's New Year's Eve party December 31, 2016 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 13: The Donald J. Trump Ballroom at the Mar-A-Lago Club' in Palm Beach where Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke after the Florida primary, March 13, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida (Photo by Brooks Kraft/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 1: Pool that Trump built at Mar-a-Lago. Photo by Mary Jordan/The Washington Post via Getty Images
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 1: The tiled patio at Mar-a-Lago, a focal point of the estate. Photo by Mary Jordan/The Washington Post via Getty Images
PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: A general view at the Mar-a-lago Club Pool view at the Andrea Bocelli concert at The Mar-a-Lago Club on February 28, 2010 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Lucien Capehart/Getty Images)
View from an upper balcony of the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, September 4, 2010. The view looks south towards a newly constucted ballroom. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Marjorie Merriweather Post Hutton's home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Real estate developer Donald Trump (C) w. wife Ivana sitting in their home, Mar-a-Lago, w. household staff behind. (Photo by Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 29: The pool at Mar-A-Lago where cocktails were held for the International Red Cross Ball January 29, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Lucien Capehart/Getty Images)
Atmosphere during Art for Life Gala Honoring Sean P. Diddy Combs Hosted by Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Preparations are made before guests arrive for Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon?s wedding reception at The Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMER 12: (MINIMUM PRICING APPLIES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE) Ivana Trump and guests attend the wedding ceremony of Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon at the Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMER 12: (MINIMUM PRICING APPLIES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE) Newlyweds Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon pose with the groomsmen and bridesmaids after the wedding ceremony of Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon at the Mar-a-Lago Club November 12, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michelle McMinn Photography/Getty Images)
Palm Beach-dining setting for the club members. Mar-a-lago is an estate and National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach built by the heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. It was envisioned as a winter retreat for presidents, but never used as such and in 1985 Donald Trump purchased it. The estate contains the Mar-a-lago private club, and a separate closed off area that serve as the Trumps family private quarters..............-the Estate showcases a sumptuous decorative style , everywhere you turned there were lavish accents, but all of these tied together with elegance and an undeniable regal style. I was amazed at the countless details, the estate is truly breathtaking. #palmbeach #maralago #lls #blacktie #gala #glamour #jetsetter #exclusive #liveauthentic #luxury #lifestyle #fashion
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Trump's purchase was riddled in controversy. His original offer of $28 million was rejected so he bought the beachfront directly in front of the property and threatened to build a wall to wreck Mar-a-Lago's views and value. The price kept falling until Trump was able to buy it for a mere $8 million, including Post's antiques and furniture. Trump used it as his private residence for 10 years, until April 1995 when he established it as The Mar-a-Lago Club.

The 'Winter White House' is now open to members with deep pockets. The initiation fee doubled on January 1, 2017, the same month as Trump's inauguration, to $200,000 and members are expected to pay $14,000 in annual dues and an additional $2,000 on food at the club.

So, what do the select 500 members of Mar-a-Lago receive for the steep price?

According to the Mar-a-Lago Club's website, "formal and casual dining areas, the Trump Spa and Salon, the pool, the Beach Club, breathtaking guest rooms and exclusive suites, a state-of the-art-fitness center, award winning tennis courts, beautiful croquet lawns and an entertainment series which hosts internationally world-renowned talent."

Ten minutes from the Mar-a-Lago club is the International Golf Club-West Palm Beach, one of the top golf courses in eastern Florida.

Trump reportedly earned $15.6 million from Mar-a-Lago in 2014, according to financial disclosures filed prior to the start of his presidential campaign. While member fees do contribute to this number, the club also serves a secondary purpose as a event venue. Parties can be held outside by the pool, or in one of two ballrooms, including the Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom, which has been coated in $7 million worth of gold leaf.

Or if you simply want a glimpse of Trump's Floridian life without fully committing, keep your eyes peeled for the Palm Beach social calendar.

Click below for Eric Trump's Mar-a-Lago wedding and more romantic Trump spouse photos:

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