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Splish, Splash, Someone's Takin' a Bath in This $849K Pad

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Five seasons of Selling New York have taught us that staging sells, but there are still devotees of the lived-in look. Like the sellers of 245 East 93rd Street #29C, for example. The owner's asking $849,000 for the place, purchased for $338K in 1999 and renovated since. It's a 1,045-square-foot 1BR, 1BA that could perhaps do with some staging guidance. At least we know the plumbing works.
Here's where things really get weird: the apartment was on the market with another broker until mid-April, when the seller made a broker switch and dropped the price. And in the earlier listing photos, preserved on StreetEasy, the place looks?totally normal, with only a hint in the bedroom shot of what's to come. Oh, and there's that box in the corner of the living room.

UPDATE: The owner passed along some of his own photos of the property. Here they are (there's video, too):

· 245 East 93rd Street #29C [StreetEasy]
· How Not to Stage an Apartment: Our Easy 10-Step Guide! [Curbed]

245 East 93rd Street

245 East 93rd Street, New York, NY