No One Knows Why Trump Owns Mystery Florida Plot

Quarter-acre lot in Sebring is covered in protected grass, worth less than $5K
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2017 11:39 AM CDT
This Might Be Trump's Oddest Land Holding
Trump's lot in Sebring, Fla., is highlighted in blue.   (

Donald Trump owns property around the globe, but his oddest piece of land apparently sits just 120 miles from his Mar-a-Lago estate. In one of Florida's poorest counties is an inaccessible quarter-acre plot Trump purchased for $1 in 2005 and has maintained ever since. The wooded lot in Sebring, Fla., is actually one of hundreds of undeveloped lots in an area known as Orange Blossom Estates, reports the Guardian. But there's no road leading into it, it doesn't appear to be slated for any development in the near future—the lot is covered in a protected grass known as cutthroat—and no one seems to have a clue as to why Trump is interested in it.

Back in the 1960s, a company split tracts of land in Highlands County into subdivisions with the goal of developing them, though the company later went under. Years later, in June 2005, a photographer who specialized in lingerie shoots bought a plot for $3,300; just a few weeks later, she sold it to Trump for $1. Though an appraiser notes "you need a Jeep, a helicopter, or a parachute just to get to it," the land is now valued at $4,280. The photographer deleted her social media accounts after the Guardian attempted to contact her, while family members reached by phone simply hung up. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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