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'Versailles in Manhattan' Gets Fifth Brokerage, Still Costs $28M

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Commercial broker Kenneth D. Laub, the owner of the ostentatious-but-impressive townhouse at 163 East 64th Street, is loath to cut prices, having told the Observer in 2009 that, "It shows that certain people are desperate to sell. They need the money, that's what it shows." He is not loath to switch brokerages, however, which he has just done for the fifth time because if Brown Harris Stevens, Halstead, Town Residential, and Corcoran couldn't sell the eight-fireplace mansion for the amount that he thinks it's worth, maybe Douglas Elliman will have better luck. The price stands at $27.5 million, and it doesn't look like Laub is willing to go any lower, although that is cheaper than the $35 million he originally wanted when he first listed the place, sans brokerage, in 2008. So give it a few more years on the market and who knows.

· Listing: 163 East 64th Street [Elliman, via Streeteasy]
· 163 East 64th Street coverage [Curbed]