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Kips Bay Showhouse Now On the Market for $16 Million

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In theory, letting your townhouse be used as a showhouse before you put it on the market could be a great thing for the listing?after all, interior designer-decorated rooms should make for great photographs. The new listing for 161 East 64th Street, though, doesn't exactly prove that theory. The home is this year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House, open until June 4, and the listing photos don't exactly demonstrate the dramatic designs that make the showhouse a showhouse. That hasn't stopped the owner, lawyer Richard Sharp, from asking $16 million for the place. (He paid $6.58 million for it in 2003.)

Of course, the showhouse is only temporary. What will the future owner of 161 East 64th Street actually find when he or she moves in? The brokerbabble elaborates on that:

Outstanding features include a state-of-the-art professional kitchen and lavish powder room on the ground floor which has not only a gorgeous planted garden, but a one-of-a-kind 2-story glass enclosed atrium. The expansive living room has soaring ceilings and the adjacent formal dining room overlooks the garden and atrium. There is a wine tasting room adjacent to the dining room. The master bedroom suite on the 3rd floor is exquisite, plus there are additional bedrooms on the 4th floor. The 5th floor has front and rear terraces, one with a gold fish pond, and a modern lounge/media room second to none. And here's the floorplan:

· Listing: 161 East 64th Street [Sotheby's via StreetEasy]
· Here Now, Tour the 2013 Kips Bay Decorator Show House [Curbed National]
· 161 East 64th Street coverage [Curbed]