Donald Trump's Beverly Hills Home: An L.A. Traffic Disaster Waiting to Happen
The president-elect's 5,395-square-foot home off Sunset Boulevard may snarl an already busy intersection with barricades and 24/7 guards if he takes up occasional residency.
President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire to spend as much time as possible at his personal residences — namely his penthouse suite at Manhattan’s Trump Tower — during his time in office. But what happens when President Trump comes to L.A.?
In 2007, Trump paid $7 million for a 5,395-square-foot Colonial at 809 N. Canon Drive, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard (in the one precinct on L.A.’s Westside that voted for him), where Michael Wolff interviewed him for THR in May. On short trips to L.A., he reportedly opts for a bungalow at the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel. Were he as president to bunk at his five-bedroom house, security could turn one of Beverly Hills’ busiest corners into a logistical hellscape. Neighbors of President Obama’s Hyde Park home in Chicago contended with barricades and guards 24 hours a day.
A spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department tells THR that presidential security measures are determined by the Secret Service and that BHPD had received no notifications regarding the home. A spokesperson for the Secret Service had no comment on “our protective measures.”
Monique Voyagis, a Trump supporter and 12-year resident of Beverly Hills, was pleased to learn of its high-profile owner. She says Beverly Hills residents are used to POTUS-induced traffic jams. And if Trump’s home should become a flashpoint for protests? “I doubt it,” says Voyagis. “Beverly Hills people are quite reserved.”
This story first appeared in the Jan. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.