Trump’s childhood home in Queens, New York, listed on Airbnb
Those looking to savour US presidential history first-hand are being invited to rent Donald Trump’s childhood home at US$725 a night on Airbnb, complete with a giant presidential cut-out in the living room.
The US$2 million, mock Tudor-style family home in Queens, where the New York tycoon turned Republican commander-in-chief lived for the first four years of his life, sleeps up to 20 people in five bedrooms.
Equipped with internet and cable television, the listing said it is verified and calls itself “the perfect accommodation” for a New York holiday.
“We decided to put it on Airbnb to share the house with the world,” said Michael Davis, the real-estate developer who bought the home last year, sold it for profit and now leases it back at US$4,000 a month.
“There’s been a lot of activity,” Davis said, with the first guests expected to stay this weekend.
The listing shows several dates blocked off in August but currently has no reviews.
It claims little has changed since the Trumps’ time, boasting an original kitchen and “opulent furnishings.”
“We tried to have presidential furniture,” explained Davis. “Its decorated very, very nicely and it has all of the amenities that you would need.”
Built by father Fred in 1940 in the upmarket enclave of Jamaica Estates, the president lived in the home until the family moved into a colonnaded mansion that Trump senior built nearby in 1951.
The two-storey home embellished with red brick sold at auction in January for 54 per cent more than the US$1.39 million the investor paid for last year. The US$2.14 million deal closed in March.
Listing pictures show photographs of the president and quotations sprinkled around the property. Trump’s bestselling business tome “The Art of the Deal” is in the house library, the only book in the house. It remains unclear what the president would make of the venture.
“I think he likes a good deal,” said Davis. “His brand creates value and we were certainly the beneficiaries of that.”
Asked about the house when he appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” during the election campaign, Trump said it was “sad” the building was on sale and said he wanted to buy it.
This Airbnb listing authors said they have no relationship with the White House, Trump or his Manhattan-based Trump Organisation.