The Hot Springs, AR, house where Bill Clinton grew up is available for a modest $345,000. The listing marks the property’s first time on the public market.
But the 3,708-square-foot home, known as the Birnbaum-Shubetz House, needs an update.
This six-bedroom abode is listed on the National Register of Historic Places—a designation that could afford certain tax credits.
Clinton lived in the house during his teenage years, from 1954 to 1961, the period when he first identified his political aspirations. He would go on to become the governor of Arkansas and the 42nd US president.
The structure was originally built as a Queen Anne-style home in 1896. It was renovated to its present Tudor Revival design in 1938.
The home sits on nearly an acre, high atop North Hot Springs Park Uptown. It offers beautiful mountain views and a four-stall stable.
Listing agents Chris Rix, of Rix Realty Advantage Team Realtors, owns the home and says the Clintons sold it to its previous owners. Unique legal circumstances had left the house in limbo before he purchased it.
“The husband declined in health and passed away, and his wife had a life estate,” said Rix of the previous owners. “It ended up being stuck in a trust, so I petitioned the court to buy the property. There were vagrants living in the house at the time. I was looking to protect the home from further destruction.”
Over the years, the space has undergone various preservation efforts and is now being further renovated. Electrical and gas-line updates are complete, and plans are underway for two new kitchens with quartz countertops and soft-close cabinets.
“I have a lot of interest in the house, but I want to keep it preserved,” Rix says. “The house was full of trash when I got it, but I cleaned it all up. I have the flooring and paint ready to go.”
The home’s historic significance motivates him to ensure the work is done right, and he hopes to do most of it himself.
“The town is really excited for the project,” Rix notes. “I should be able to do the work in mid-April to May. … I just want to be a good custodian, or make sure the home goes to someone who wants to preserve its history.”