Advertised as “a unique and special opportunity to stay in the home of a sitting president,” the Queens home that President Donald Trump lived in until the age of 4 is now up for rent on Airbnb.
Located in the neighborhood of Jamaica Estates in the Queens borough of New York City, the house was bought for $1.39 million by real estate developer Michael Davis last year. Three months after he bought it, Davis sold the property for $2.14 million to a buyer who rented it out for $4,000 a month.
Davis and his business partners, in turn, rented the house from the new owner — and promptly put it up on Airbnb for $617 a night, a price that has since been bumped up to $741. (There is a 20 percent discount for weekly rentals and 40 percent break if the house is rented for a month.)
According to the listing, Trump’s early childhood home at 85-15 Wareham Place is much the same as it was when he lived there with his parents, Fred and Mary Trump. With five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, the house has 14 beds and two sofa beds, accommodating up to 20 people. The listing states that “the kitchen is original and the opulent furnishings represent the style and affluence in which the Trumps would have lived.” A life-size cut-out of Trump has been positioned in the living room, and the Airbnb posting claims that Trump makes for “a great companion for watching the news late into the night…” (though presumably not on CNN).
Davis told the New York Post that he and his partners “made sure that the only book in the house is The Art of the Deal," Trump’s 1987 best-selling memoir which helped his rise to fame. They furnished the house in “presidential style,” he said, with chintz chairs and antique decorations, and guests are provided with breakfast.
Airbnb rentals are currently illegal in New York City, but Davis and his partners have skirted the law by having one of them stay at the home as well, so that the renters are technically houseguests.
For his part, Trump would likely disapprove of the situation. Last year, he told CNBC that he would never Airbnb one of his own properties. While he acknowledged that the service might work for some people, he personally wouldn’t allow it because “even when you say it can’t happen, you never know what people are doing behind your back.”
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