WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, who is weighing a prominent role in her father’s administration, is planning to move with her family to a mansion in the exclusive Kalorama section of Washington, two people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
The house was previously owned by a Latvian-born financier with extensive investments in Russia and ties to a Russian opposition leader.
Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, a close adviser of President-elect Donald Trump who is also expected to be an influential voice in his White House, have chosen a six-bedroom, 6,870-square-foot house just around the corner from President Barack Obama’s new home. The newly renovated house, with its sleekly modern décor, sold for $5.5 million in December, the people said, insisting on anonymity because the transaction was private.
The home was previously owned by Dan K. Rapoport and his wife, Irina, according to property records filed with the District of Columbia. Neither responded to emailed requests for comment.
Ivanka Trump’s relocation plans, first reported by Washingtonian magazine, are the latest evidence that she and Kushner will remain key players in the Trump administration. Both played crucial roles in Donald Trump’s presidential bid and have wielded outsize power during his transition.
People close to the couple declined to comment on their impending move, as did William F.X. Moody, a co-owner at Washington Fine Properties, who first disclosed the deal. But in the neighborhood in which they are planning to live — chock-full of ambassadors and prominent figures on the Washington social circuit — residents have been buzzing about their soon-to-be neighbors.
“Everybody’s atwitter about it,” said Tony Podesta, chairman of the Podesta Group, a top Washington lobbying firm.
“I’ve been getting lots of emails saying, ‘Here we go again,’” Podesta said, alluding to the burst of local mayhem that attended the decision by Obama and his family to rent a nine-bedroom home in the neighborhood after they leave the White House.
“It will be great to have them as neighbors,” Podesta said of Ivanka Trump and Kushner, who have three children.
The white house on Tracy Place where they plan to reside is just around the corner from the Obamas’ luxurious Tudor-style home on Belmont Road, which has been undergoing extensive renovations directed by the Secret Service to fortify it for their arrival. A security checkpoint is expected to be built at the intersection of Tracy and Belmont before Obama moves in, residents said.
According to the website of his investment firm, Rapoport Capital, Rapoport was born in Riga, Latvia, and has lived in the United States, France and Russia.
Vladimir Ashurkov, a top aide to Aleksei A. Navalny, a leading Russian opposition leader and critic of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, described Rapoport as a successful financier in Moscow and an investor in Soho Rooms, one of the city’s poshest nightclubs. He has also been a supporter of Navalny since 2010. He recently relocated from Washington to Kiev, Ukraine, where he manages a private equity fund, Ashurkov said.
It was not clear whether Trump and Kushner had bought the house from the Rapoports or planned to rent it from a new owner. But after scouting locations in other exclusive neighborhoods, including nearby Georgetown, the couple settled on a home less than two miles away from the White House.