Warren Buffett childhood home in Omaha for sale on eBay

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 7:48 PM
Warren Buffett childhood home in Omaha for sale on eBay

OMAHA, Neb (Reuters) - Investor Warren Buffett's first childhood home is for sale on eBay for $120,000.

Owner Jennifer Smedley of Venice, California describes the 1923 Sears house as charming, well maintained and the perfect place for a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder to stay during the annual Omaha meeting of Buffett's company.

Buffett's parents moved into the house at 4224 Barker Ave. shortly after their 1925 wedding, according to Buffett biographers. Buffett was born in 1930 and lived in the house for several years until his parents moved to a larger dwelling.

Smedley says the traditional 1 1/2 story home has many windows and two bedrooms on the main level with hardwood floors. The living room and dining room feature the original 8-inch oak baseboards and built-in cabinetry. There are three walk-in closets.

The ceiling has been refinished with crown molding and tile in keeping with the home's original style. There is a 400-square-foot finisher dormer upstairs that could be remodeled into a master suite, Smedley says.

She touts the unfinished basement's original fruit cellar as perfect for storing wine. There is a fenced yard and detached garage.

Smedley notes that the house is blocks from one of Buffett's favorite restaurants, Gorat's Steakhouse. It is just more than a mile from Buffett's current home, also in an established mid-city neighborhood.

"This would be the ideal accessory for the ultimate Warren Buffett fan!" Smedley says.

Smedley is a former Omaha resident who lived in the house for five years. She has been renting the dwelling since moving to California.

There were no bids as of Wednesday morning. Bidding closes July 12.

(Reporting by David Hendee; Editing by Greg McCune)