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You can have Donald Trump’s early childhood home for a mere $1.55 million

Donald Trump’s childhood home in the affluent Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., is for sale.
Donald Trump’s childhood home in the affluent Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., is for sale. Realtor.com

Donald Trump might someday get to sleep in the White House. But before that happens someone else might get to sleep in the house he called home until age 4.

The house in the affluent Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., was listed for $1.65 million on July 8, according to Realtor.com. The price came down to $1.55 million on Aug. 7.

The brick-and-stucco Tudor-style home, built in 1940, has five bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2,000 square feet of main living space, a finished basement, a five-car driveway and a detached two-car garage, according to the real estate website.

“We get a lot of curiosity seekers,” Realtor Howard Kaminowitz of Laffey Real Estate told People magazine, without revealing whether there have been any offers on the house.

Last year The New York Times reported that Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump, “made his fortune building solid, low-cost housing,” putting up suburban-style Tudors and Victorians, and colonial-style homes for the upper-middle class in Jamaica Estates.

Trump, born in 1946, lived in this home until he was 4.

Photos posted to the real estate website Trulia show that the home was built with traditional features: arched doorways, hardwood floors and a large fireplace in the living room.

The kitchen might call for an update.

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The Trump family moved into a much larger home when Fred Trump began making his wealth as a successful developer. That house is not for sale.

This home’s seller, an acquaintance of Kaminowitz’s, had been thinking about selling it for years, the Realtor told People. He bought the house for $782,500 in 2008, according to Realtor.com.

It took Kaminowitz about a month to persuade the owner to sell. “I said, ‘The guy is running for president of the United States, and it’s an election year!’” he said.

When the house was first listed in July, MarketWatch suggested that “the selling agent is counting on such a Trump-like premium.”

The original asking price was more than $700,000 above what other homes in Jamaica Estates sell for, and more than $400,000 above the $1.2 million Zillow.com said it was worth.

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