You can now spend the night in President Trump’s childhood home — for a good bit more than you’d spend on a room at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington.
The Tudor-style home in Queens where Trump grew up is listed on the home-sharing site Airbnb for a nightly rate of $725. The five-bedroom house sleeps 20, thanks in part to seven bunk beds, and comes with a life-size cardboard cutout of the president (“a great companion for watching Fox News late into the night,” according to the listing).
A buyer, who wasn’t named, bought the house in March for $2.14 million in cash. The new owner — known simply as Trump Birth House LLC — had originally toyed with turning the property into a library or museum, according to Michael X. Tang, the New York attorney who represented the buyer.
“I had no idea this would end up on Airbnb,” said Tang, who specializes in helping Chinese investors buy real estate. “That was news to me.”
According to the Airbnb listing, the 2,000-square-foot house comes with an original kitchen and “opulent furnishings.” Photos of the president and his family are sprinkled throughout, and a framed People magazine cover featuring Donald, Melania and Barron Trump sits in the dining room.
There are more personal details, too: “In this bedroom, President Donald J. Trump was likely conceived, by his parents, Fred and Mary Trump,” reads a framed sign in one bedroom. “The world has never been the same.”
The president’s father, Fred C. Trump, built the home in 1940, and the family lived it in for about 1o years. Its address, 85-15 Wareham Place, is listed on Trump’s birth certificate.
The house has changed hands a number of times since then. Real estate investor Michael Davis bought the property for $1.39 million, sight unseen, right before the 2016 presidential election. He flipped it just weeks later at a 54 percent premium.
“The value of this property has nothing to do with the physical house,” Misha Haghani, owner of Paramount Realty USA, the New York auction house that facilitated the sale, told The Washington Post in March. “Normally people buy real estate because of its location. In this case, frankly, location has very little to do with the value of the property. Size of the house, size of the lot, number of bedrooms and baths — these things are all irrelevant. Somebody bought this because of what it’s associated with, and that’s the current president.”
Similar rentals in the same neighborhood were commanding considerably less money on Airbnb. A nearby house with eight beds was listed for $370 per night, while one a few miles away with 12 beds was renting for $350 per night.
It is worth noting that a one-night stay at the — considerably more luxurious — Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington costs starts at about $280 for a guest room and $430 for a junior suite.
The home’s Airbnb host did not respond to requests for comment. “This listing has no relationship with the White House, the president, Donald Trump or the Trump organization in any way,” the ad noted.