Celebrity Real Estate: Donald Trump, Kevin Jonas, Merv Griffin
By Laura Vecsey
Trump’s Boyhood Home for Sale in Queens
Before eyeing his Manhattan future in big, gold block letters – and before he became the Republican nominee for president – Donald Trump hailed from Queens.
The outer borough was where Trump’s father, Fred, made a fortune building housing complexes for middle-class families, thus turning the Trumps into millionaires. Now the boyhood home of Trump is for sale in the stately Jamaica Estates section of Queens.
The 2,000-square-foot Tudor on Wareham Place is listed for $1.65 million, with listing notes making no secret that one day Trump’s “birthplace” could be a national landmark. The Trumps lived in this 6-bedroom home until Fred Trump built a much bigger mansion nearby on Midland Parkway.
Depending on how he does against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, maybe The Donald’s original home will be decked in a gold-plated plaque, too.
Trump’s former weekend residence, as well as a penthouse he’s never lived in, hit the real estate market last year.
The Oldest Jonas Spreading Out
Kevin Jonas needs bigger digs? Apparently the 7,390-square-foot manse he built for himself and his wife can’t contain a family of four. With wife Danielle expecting their second child, Jonas says it’s time to switch homes and neighborhoods.
The Boonton, N.J. spread is listed for $2.325 million – far less than the $3.2 million Jonas sought for the place in 2014. With all the custom finishes, the 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home might be a little over-improved for the environs. After all, how many people need a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, putting green and cigar man-cave?
$100M for Merv’s Old Digs
Entertainer and uber-rich producer Merv Griffin’s Beverly Hills is up for sale. The 1940s Georgian-style manse sprawls 12,000 square feet and sits on a pretty juicy 5-acre lot in the heart of 90210, so this is not your average A-list celebrity real estate listing.
Josh Flagg of “Million Dollar Listing LA” is the broker for the spread, which was owned by Griffin the 1980s and 90s. Griffin passed away in 2007 after a storied career as talk show host and media mogul who created hit shows like “Jeopardy.”
The estate is now owned by filmmaker Jefery Levy and Pamela Skaist-Levy, co-founder of Juicy Couture. They paid $17.5 million for the estate and then spent millions bringing it back to full Technicolor.