It took an hour to rent Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens, says the real estate agent representing the property.
The Jamaica Estates Tudor, where Trump lived until he was 4 years old, was listed for rent on Thursday, June 15. An accepted offer was made an hour or so after the listing was posted, says listing agent Jason Friedman of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and a 12-month lease was signed for $4,000 a month on Wednesday.
“They leased it without seeing the house, so I’m assuming it was because of Trump,” Friedman says of the tenants.
He added that the house received a lot of interest, both from renters and the media. “I received an absurd amount of phone calls for a rental,” he says.
The five-bedroom, 4 1⁄2 -bathroom house is located at 85-15 Wareham Place, the address listed on Trump’s birth certificate. It was built in the 1940s by his developer father.
The house was originally placed on the market in July for $1.65 million and then slated to go to auction during the presidential campaign. The owners postponed the original auction set for October to capitalize on some late media interest and instead sold the house in December to a real estate investor for the guaranteed sum of $1,390,500. The investor then auctioned the house in January for $2.14 million. The 2,500-square-foot house, on a 40-by-120-foot lot, also has an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, full finished basement and two-car garage.
The initial rental price, which Friedman had said would be between $3,500 and $4,000 per month, was comparable to houses of similar size in Jamaica Estates. As of Wednesday, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island website showed 10 rentals listed in Jamaica Estates, with co-ops and apartments ranging from $1,395 to $3,500 and whole house rentals from $2,250 to $4,800.
Trump’s home lasted less than a week on the market.
“It got a bit of a premium, but it’s not super above market rate,” Friedman says. “I’ve had other historic homes or places where very famous people lived that received the same amount of attention, but this was just a little weird because this was just a rental.”