The modest home in Jamaica Estates, Queens that President Donald Trump once called home, is back on the market. According to the Wall Street Journal, the house at at 85-15 Wareham Place is now asking $2.9 million—a rather large increase over its last sale price of $2.1 million.
A bit of backstory: Trump’s parents, Fred and Mary, built the home in 1940 and lived there for around 10 years, moving away when Donald turned four years old. (Per the WSJ, there’s a sign in one of the bedrooms that says the following: “In this bedroom, President Donald J. Trump was likely conceived, by his parents, Fred and Mary Trump.”)
In 2016, the home gained attention when a former owner, seeking to capitalize on the interest surrounding Trump’s presidential candidacy, put it on the market for $1.65 million. Interest spiked after the 2016 presidential election, and the home eventually sold to a Chinese investor for $2.1 million. It later appeared on Airbnb as a $725/night rental.
And that brings us to today, and the new listing for the home. The reasons why the current owners—who are registered as “Trump Birth House LLC”—are selling is unclear. But the method by which they’ve chosen to sell the home is a little unusual; Edward Hickey, the Compass broker representing the sellers, says that the bidding process is intended to “prevent a circus atmosphere.” Here’s how it’ll work:
All requests for showings must be submitted by email to email@example.com, with proof of funds equal to a minimum of 10% of the asking price. Offers: All offers with terms must be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All offers must include an image of a bank or certified check equal to 10% of the offer price, made payable to Trump Birth House, LLC. No offers contingent on financing will be considered.
The house itself has five bedrooms, a finished basement, an enclosed patio, and a two-car garage. It’s festooned with plenty of Trump memorabilia—including a cut-out of the president in the living room, and photos of his family on the walls. (Presumably, a buyer could remove those if they so chose.)
- Listing: 85-15 Wareham Place [Compass]