Everything we know about the mysterious $1.5 million apartment Melania Trump owns in Trump Tower

On Wednesday, the Office of Government Ethics released President Donald Trump’s 2018 financial disclosure form.

While it revealed much about Trump’s finances – including the reimbursement of the hush money his lawyer Michael Cohen paid the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels – the form also provided an insight into first lady Melania Trump’s income.

Two of her disclosures were related to a one-bed, 1.5-bath apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan that Melania bought from the building’s condo board for almost $1.5 million in January 2016, according to The Real Deal and City Realty.

Here is everything we know about the mysterious apartment the first lady owns in Trump Tower.


Located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, Trump Tower’s 68 floors contain 263 apartments.

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Trump Tower opened in 1983.
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Wikimedia Commons

Source: Trump International Realty


The 26th floor housed the president’s office for the Trump Organization. He reportedly had a private elevator that could whisk him from his office to his penthouse.

Source: Town & Country


The bottom floors feature space for offices, dining, and retail, while condominiums fill floors 30 to 68.

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The Grille restaurant in the lobby of Trump Tower.
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Hollis Johnson

Source: Trump International Realty


Notable celebrities who have lived in the building include Bruce Willis, Michael Jackson, Johnny Carson, and Paul Anka.

Source: Town & Country


The sixth floor of Trump Tower has been the home of the Trump campaign and where NBC’s “The Apprentice” was filmed.

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Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, and Joan Rivers on “The Apprentice.”
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The Trump family’s penthouse takes up the top three floors. It’s one of several units the president has owned in his namesake high-rise building over the years.

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Melania Trump gives the Fox News host Greta Van Susteren a tour of the Trumps’ penthouse in Trump Tower in Manhattan.
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Fox News

Source: Town & Country


Melania Trump owns apartment H on the 33rd floor. There aren’t any photos of that unit available online, but these photos from StreetEasy show apartment 32H, which looks to have the same layout.

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The living room of apartment 32H, one floor below Trump’s apartment.
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Douglas Elliman/StreetEasy

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We reviewed several H floor plans on different floors of Trump Tower, and they all seem to follow this setup.

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The floor plan of 32H in Trump Tower, which most likely matches Melania’s apartment, 33H.
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StreetEasy

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Her apartment is 1,052 square feet and located on the southeast corner of the building, overlooking Fifth Avenue and East 56th Street.

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Another shot of the living room in apartment 32H, one floor below Melania’s apartment.
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Douglas Elliman/StreetEasy

Sources: Douglas Elliman Real Estate, The Real Deal


It has one bedroom, also with sweeping views. Trump’s disclosure form lists “721 33H LLC,” the apartment’s address and a pass-through company for the property, saying the real estate is valued between $1,000,001 and $5 million.

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The bedroom of apartment 32H.
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StreetEasy/Douglas Elliman

Source: The Real Deal


It also has a sizable walk-in closet, though the one in the penthouse upstairs looks much larger.

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The walk-in closet of apartment 32H.
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StreetEasy/Douglas Elliman

Sources: The Real Deal, Getty


In January 2016, Melania bought the unit for $1.49 million, apparently from the building’s condo board. It appears to be the only one the board has ever bought, The Real Deal reported, citing property records.

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The bathroom in apartment 32H.
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StreetEasy/Douglas Elliman

Sources: The New York Post, The Real Deal


This type of unit (a studio or one-bedroom in a luxury skyscraper) is usually used for staff members of residents who have much larger apartments in the building, or for a live-in superintendent. The condo board first bought unit 33H for $650,000 in 1997.

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The bathroom of apartment 32H.
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Douglas Elliman/StreetEasy

Source: The Real Deal


While it’s unclear why the first lady bought this apartment, some speculate it was for use as a library. Or maybe it’s just a private space for her to get away from it all and relax. Since she has never mentioned the apartment, it’s a mystery.

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The kitchen of apartment 32H.
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StreetEasy/Douglas Elliman

Source: The Real Deal