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Senior Citizen Couple Plowing Through Luxury East Side Condos

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While some buyers at The Brompton are fighting in court to get their money back, others are looking to exit the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Upper East Side building in a more traditional manner: By selling their apartments, which haven't even lost that new-condo smell! On top of the 85th Street building, #PH2A is now asking $8.5 million, down from a $10 million starting point last spring. This is a biggie?5BR, 6.5BA, 3,326 square feet, 29-foot gallery, 11.7' ceilings, fireplace in the bedroom?and the buyers seemed to like it. They paid above the asking price back in 2009, just over $8 million. It looks like they won't make much of a profit on this place, but let's hope their breakup with building goes smoother than their last experience.

In 2009, Jerry Francesco and his wife, Lucille, made news at One Beacon Court when Lucille tripped and fell over a wheelchair ramp in the celebrity-studded building's circular courtyard and broke her wrist. The couple, One Beacon Court residents themselves, sued the building, and alleged that developer Steven Roth of Vornado personally made design decision to put the architect's vision ahead of safety. If he did, it was to the benefit of people like the Francescos, who soon after sold their $2.9 million One Beacon Court apartment for $5.95 million. Like a battered spouse, maybe they want one more chance?

Here's the floorplan for the Brompton penthouse:


· Listing: 205 East 85th Street [Corcoran]

One Beacon Court

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