When LLNYC arrived to tour Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens’ affluent Jamaica Estates neighborhood for the latest installment of our Big Open House series, Fox News was encamped on the scene and an American flag waved proudly from the front lawn. Still, even if you squint, there is little else to the inherently ordinary, middle-American house that might suggest a connection to the world’s most contentious billionaire and Republican presidential nominee.
Yet long before the Donald took a fancy to glass towers, reality television, fake breasts and demagoguery, there was 85-15 Wareham Place — a five-bedroom English Tudor that was Trump’s first foray into real estate.
Developer and small-loan giver Fred Trump built the home in 1940 for his family, and his son Donald lived there until he was roughly four-years-old. The address of the property is even listed on a copy of Trump’s 1946 birth certificate.
The current owners of the Trump family’s semi-humble origins slapped the house onto the market in July for $1.7 million. But no deal. The house was then re-listed for $1.4 million. Still, no deal.
Keen to cash-in on the “Trump Bump“ ahead of the election, the homeowners will now face the hammer. The opening bid is set at $849,000, a steal when compared to some of the city’s other Trump-branded real estate. Paramount Realty is coordinating the auction, and, ahead of the sale, Paramount’s Misha Haghani gave us a peek inside the childhood home of America’s would-be president.
The ground floor of the home is dominated by a large living room flanked by a formal dining room, a retro kitchen, a sunroom and a charming wood-paneled study. Original features, which in this case means Trump-built features, are dotted throughout the home. We’re talking hardwood floors, base molding, arches, the panels in the study, the fireplace and many of the doors. Terrific!
Head upstairs and you’ll find the bedrooms where baby Donald once laid his head. The master bedroom is sunny, modest and comes with an ensuite bathroom. The space is joined to another spacious room, which could easily be used as a fifth bedroom, but currently stands as a study area. Across the hall, there are two further bedrooms, looking out over the quiet street.
But the somewhat unlikely crown jewel of chez Trump is the upstairs bathroom. Done up in pink with golden trim, the design of the bathroom looks like it was borrowed from Barbie’s Dream House, circa 1982 — and we loved it.
One last climb and there is a final roomy bedroom, with a half bath and a skylight, on the third floor. Back down in the basement, a makeshift theatre room, with sofas and a projector is the perfect place to watch super-cuts of Trump cameos. Outside, there’s a two-car garage and yard.
All in all, the home is 3,600-square-feet of pleasant, suburban banality — a far cry from the tasteless marble, glass and gold grandeur that’s now synonymous with the Trump name.
The auction will take place at Midtown’s Roosevelt Hotel on October 19. And don’t be surprised if you see a bid from the man himself — after-all Trump did speak wistfully of his childhood abode on Jimmy Fallon recently.