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Return to the House of a Half-Dozen+ Fireplaces

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A six floor, 20' townhouse on the Upper East Side has returned to the market after two and a half years, with 15% trimmed from the asking price (to $14.5 million) and an 83% reduction of fire in the fireplaces. We looked at 161 East 74th Street back in September 2009, when the American Dream was dead and it was nearly impossible to sell homes for more than $10 million. Those dark days were illuminated by the roaring blazes of the address's "6+" fireplaces. Thankfully, those days are behind us and the luxury market has burned hot enough that sellers can tone down the in-house pyrotechnics. The resolution of the broker photos has fallen, and the motorcycle with training wheels is gone, but some things do remain the same. BEFORE


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The junior Harley with training wheels is gone and chairs have been added, but some home decor touches remain the same. The big screen tv and couch look like someone's still afraid of breaking up the man cave decor.

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An interesting move to push the bed in front of a window, and the addition of a kitchen table kind of makes this bedroom look like a hotel suite, but the candles are still lit in the fireplace, meaning this room is still on fire.

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The photo of the terrifyingly stuffy "chessboard room" has been replaced with the warmer, friendlier kitchen shot. Can you feel yourself unclenching?

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Let this dash the illusion that you will ever use this home gym. Yes, it's the same picture. But come on, only because those hand weights are being used somewhere as a door stop in the laundry room and no one could find a pump to shape up the depressingly deflated exercise ball. No one will ever use this home gym.


· 161 East 74th Street [Elliman, via StreetEasy]
· On The Market: Get Fired Up Over This UES Townhouse [Curbed]