Nobody wants to buy the 'Versailles in Manhattan,' a $19.75 million Upper East Side townhouse that has been on and off the market for 15 years
- The "Versailles in Manhattan," an Upper East Side townhouse, has been on and off the New York real estate market since 2003.
- Its highest asking price was $35 million; now that it's in the hands of residential brokers for the 12th time, it's listed for $19.75 million, reports the New York Post.
- No one is buying the townhouse due to its less prestigious location, museum-like grandeur, and long market history, according to real estate experts.
With steep prices for little space, the New York real estate market is known to be a bit outrageous.
Even so, one of the city's most lavish townhouses with more than 8,000 square feet of living space can't find a buyer.
Dubbed an "architectural masterpiece" and the "Versailles in Manhattan" by brokers, a 15-room, Neo-Georgian townhouse can arguably add "unsellable" to its list of nicknames.
The Upper East Side townhouse, owned by commercial real estate broker Kenneth Laub, has been on the market since April 2003 and now finds itself in the hands of its 12th set of residential brokers trying to sell the home, reports the New York Post.
Newly co-listed with agents Douglas Elliman and Corcoran, the price has been slashed to $19.75 million.
That's quite the drop from its $35 million asking price in December 2007, its heftiest price tag in the last 15 years. Word through the real estate grapevine is that no other Manhattan townhouse has spent as much time time bouncing around the market, according to the New York Post.
Laub purchased the home in 1986 for $4 million. He told the Observer in 2009, when the home was still at its $35 million asking price, "If I'm overpriced, then so be it. If someone feels that the house is worth what I think it is worth, then they'll buy it. And if not, then they won't. And it's not the end of the world one way or another."
Even now, more than $15 million cheaper, some real estate experts find it priced a little higher than its "no-mans land" location calls for, according to the New York Post. Its price tag is more on par with sought-after townhouses that hold the prestige of Central Park and Fifth Avenue locations. A townhouse in the same area as this one recently sold for $9.5 million in January, reports the New York Post.
Sources told the New York Post there are a few reasons why buyers aren't biting: the square footage is a bit misleading since it includes the finished basement; the property may have gained a bad reputation after sitting on the market for so long; and its gorgeous Versailles-inspired interiors, which came to life after Laub renovated the townhouse, may be a bit old-fashioned for the contemporary buyer.
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