Elegant chandeliers, formal rooms and more: A peek inside

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When Ivana Trump was leading a remodel of the Plaza Hotel in the early 1980s, she purposefully incorporated some of the posh property’s pricey gold leaf, elegant chandeliers and stately crown moldings into her own lavish mansion in Greenwich, Conn.

She was 33 years old, her husband Donald was 35, and together they turned their “starter home” into a lavish estate fit for a king.

Ivana Trump’s former Greenwich home: An opulent example of how the socialite lived her life

Ivana Trump, who led a remodel of the Plaza Hotel in the 1980s, used many of the property’s posh elements in her own Greenwich mansion. (Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker)

Ivana died on July 14 in her New York City apartment, and her first mansion, which has changed hands numerous times since the Trumps’ divorce, is now garnering renewed attention in the days since her death. Its regal décor and overall opulence has been cited as a perfect example of how the extravagant socialite lived her life.

Ivana Trump’s former Greenwich home: An opulent example of how the socialite lived her life

Situated on 5.8 acres and originally built in 1939, the Trump’s former Greenwich mansion features a main house and guest house, both totaling eight bedrooms and 13 baths. (Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker)

According to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, the grand home, situated on 5.8 acres, was originally built in 1939 for Robert Hillas, president of the Super Heater Company in New York City. The 19,773-square-foot Georgian Colonial main house and guest house have eight bedrooms, 13 baths, a three-story rotunda foyer with double-grand staircase, the website reports, plus formal rooms and views of Long Island Sound. The home also includes a home theater, putting green, multiple terraces and patios, tennis courts and three fully equipped staff apartments.

Ivana Trump’s former Greenwich home: An opulent example of how the socialite lived her life

The Trumps purchased the home for $4 million in 1982, and Ivana retained the property when the couple divorced in 1991. She later sold the property in 1998. (Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker)

The Trumps purchased the home for $4 million in 1982, and Ivana retained the property when the couple divorced in 1991. She later sold the home in 1998 for $15 million, and the mansion’s new owners immediately began a renovation to “tone it down.” They added tennis courts, an indoor lap pool, sauna and a 4,000-square-foot addition with guest suites, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports.

Ivana Trump’s former Greenwich home: An opulent example of how the socialite lived her life

The home features expansive views of the Long Island Sound. (Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker)

The mansion was most recently put on the market in 2018 by new owners for $45 million, later reduced to $38.5 million, and then taken off the market.

Ivana Trump’s former Greenwich home: An opulent example of how the socialite lived her life

The mansion’s new owners renovated the property in an attempt to “tone it down.” They added tennis courts, an indoor lap pool, sauna and a 4,000-square-foot addition with guest suites, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports. (Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker)