It may just be the world’s most controversial home at the moment.
Since his inauguration, US President Donald Trump has spent his weekends at his ‘Winter White House’ – the sprawling Mar-a-Lago resort and private club in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump has attracted criticism for hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the resort, raising questions about potential conflicts of interest and security measures (Trump and Abe dined at a public restaurant in the resort).
So what do we know about Mar-a-Lago?
The 128-room mansion’s name means ‘Sea to Lake’ in Spanish and Trump bought it for a reported $US8 million in 1985, conducting a major renovation that included adding a ballroom to the property, which already featured 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms.
Built in 1927, the house was restored to its original Spanish-Moorish style – with a few glitzy Trump additions, such as dripping chandeliers and extensive gold leaf.
In the 1990s, Trump turned the estate into a private club, which today has a reported annual membership fee of more than $US200,000. Trump and his family keep a private, closed-off residence within the estate.
The club has hosted concerts by Billy Joel and Celine Dion, and was the honeymoon destination of Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson. It was also where, reportedly, Jennifer Lopez and then beau Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs engaged in some sordid outdoor activity in 1998.
Before Trump, the mansion was owned by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, who bequeathed the estate to the US Government on her death in 1973.
The idea of a Presidential retreat isn’t new – they are usually called the ‘Western White House’ or ‘Southern White House’.
Former President Richard Nixon’s ‘Western White House‘ in California was listed for sale last year for $US69 million.