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Donald Trump will have to downsize to move into the White House

Donald Trump's new address will be a bit smaller than his most famous current one.

When the president-elect and family relocate to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., they'll have slightly less room to roam that at Trump's iconic Florida property, Mar-a-Lago. (Trump owns numerous other properties; see this link for a detailed run-down).

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Trump clearly intends to spend a good bit of time at Mar-a-Lago, which he christened "The Winter White House" in a recent Twitter post:

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According to past coverage by our corporate partners at the Palm Beach Post :

Mar-a-Lago was built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and opened for the 1927 winter season with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms. Its name means “sea to lake,” signifying the property’s position stretching between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Post died in 1973 and willed the estate to the U.S. government. However, Mar-a-Lago’s high maintenance costs prompted the government to decline.

The estate was empty until Trump purchased it in 1985 for $10 million. Trump and his then-wife Ivana spent years restoring the property.

Construction of the White House, home to every of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800, began in 1792. It's hosted 17 weddings over the years. Other fun facts, courtesy of the White House Historical Association President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 clemency to a turkey started the annual Thanksgiving pardon; Lincoln's ghost supposedly haunts the place; and the first official White House china was created for James Monroe in  1817.

Here's a look at how the properties stack up size-wise:

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