According to a source familiar with the deal, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are reportedly in the final stages of buying a plot of land in an exclusive enclave called ‘billionaire bunker,’ near Miami Beach, Florida.
The lot, which is just short of two acres and sits on Biscayne Bay, was $31.8 million listed and somewhere in the range of $28-30 million offered by the couple, the source said. The sale is pending under contract, meaning the seller, who happens to be the famous Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, has accepted the buyer’s bid.
The dollar sum is remarkable, but comparable to the other 29 estates and 11 lots that make up an ultra-private “village,” Indian Creek Island, as defined by a local real estate expert.
“(Indian Creek Island) is one of Miami’s most private and sought after neighborhoods, frequented by high net-worth individuals seeking privacy,” said Dora Puig, who has sold more than $3 billion worth of real estate throughout her career and is the owner of the area’s luxury boutique brokerage. Puig said the extreme security measures enjoyed by residents at Indian Creek was one of the key reasons why wealthy people are willing to pay tens of millions for a piece of land and views of the waters around it, waters controlled by armed private security around the clock.
“The security gate at the entrance and 24/7 patrol serves as a way to ensure only homeowners, their guests, and members enter the island. This is a crucial reason that celebrities such as Julio Iglesias, Adriana Lima, Carl Icahn, Jeffrey Soffer, Eddie Lampert and Peter Breton — amongst many others — have lived there,” she said.
Ivanka Trump will no longer exist in anonymity as a daughter and as President Donald Trump’s advisor for the past four years, not that she was pre-White House, but her popularity has now grown exponentially. She and Kushner, also a senior advisor to Trump, have three young kids.
It is not just the protection that drew Ivanka to Florida, it is the state itself’s future political opportunities, a source who has worked with the Trump family said.
A near-future run for office has not been ruled out by Ivanka, nor has she openly denied she has her own political aspirations. Florida, won by President Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020, presents Ivanka Trump with a future opportunity, should she want to enter politics.
The source said to CNN, “Ivanka definitely has political ambitions, no question about it,” “She wants to run for something, but that still needs to be figured out.”
Putting down roots is undoubtedly a first step in Florida.
“Assuming she’s not interested in a low-profile political office, that would leave the United States Senate as a possibility,” said Adam C. Smith, former political editor of the Tampa Bay Times and now a consultant for Mercury Public Relations. “Marco Rubio is up for reelection in 2022 and is expected to run again. But I wouldn’t think Rubio would deter her if she wanted to run. The last time Marco Rubio ran against a Trump in Florida, in the 2016 presidential primary, Rubio was crushed by 19 percentage points.”
During her several campaign stops there earlier this fall to stump for her father, Ivanka had a taste of what the state could hold for her politically; she visited Florida many times in the run-up to the presidential election, attracting crowds at events and raising millions of dollars at fundraisers.
At a “Make America Great Again” rally there in late October, Ivanka introduced her father, but interestingly addressed solo stops for herself before and after the main event, watching a dance troupe perform at a school and sipping Cuban coffee at a popular local restaurant. Smith said Florida, with an entrance paved by the President, might have a walk-on gain for Trump.
“Normally, you’d expect a credible candidate for US Senate to spend years building a political and financial network, but those normal rules would not apply to Ivanka,” he said. “I think she’d be the immediate frontrunner if she ran for US Senate against Rubio, given her father’s popularity in the Sunshine State.”
Though Miami-Dade County, which traditionally favors Democrats, was lost by the President, he did so by a smaller-than-expected margin over Joe Biden, whose 2016 draw was less than Hillary Clinton’s in 2016.
Ivanka Trump would have to wait seven years if she wanted to look at the governor’s mansion, the period of time needed by Florida’s constitution for a resident to live there before taking office.
“There’s no gray area with that,” Smith said, adding that a Ivanka on the ticket will spice up state politics no matter the race. “She’d also be a gift to the Democratic nominee, who would be guaranteed to receive vast financial support to beat her.”
A source close to Ivanka warned against reading too much about her political aspirations into the house purchase and chatter and said that she and Kushner had been searching for a new home in Florida for a while.
My conclusion is that she’s a crook. She’s corrupt. She’s a liar. So Trumpanzees see her as a perfect fit to be a politician for the GOP. They will love her and they will worship her just like they do with her daddy demented dictator Donny.