Just two weeks after New York magazine featured the carriage houses of Sniffen Court as some of the most covetable residences in New York City, one of the absurdly quaint homes has hit the market for $7.25 million. And clearly the sellers are banking on Sniffen Court's reputation as a charming alley filled with lovingly restored mews, as the listing for No. 8 is seriously lacking. Superbroker Dolly Lenz is marketing the house, but the brokerbabble is a generic overview of the street, located off of East 36th between Third and Lexington Avenues, and the photos are more suited to a crummy FSBO condo rather than a rare listing for a historic home on one of the city's most drool-worthy streets. The slate-lined alley has just 10 homes, and they rarely change hands.
The most recent sale took place in 2008, when 9 Sniffen Court sold for $4.75 million. No. 8 sold the year before that for $4.1 million to a man named Scott G. Pearl. The listing provides no information about the house, but the photos show a wood-burning fireplace, a skylight, and a rooftop deck.
Sniffen Court was constructed in the mid-1800s, and the houses, now protected by landmarks designation, have been very well-preserved. Given the rarity of the listing and how beloved the petite street is, we bet that No. 8 will have no trouble at all finding a new owner, but does it deserve $7.25 million?
· Listing: 8 Sniffen Court [Dolly Lenz via StreetEasy]
· Sniffen Court coverage [Curbed]
· The Covetables [NYM]