Built in 1858, Steinway Mansion was a crown jewel amid the piano-making family factory grounds in Astoria. But its glory winnowed down to a series of PriceChops, after it originally entered the market in 2009 seeking $5M. Last we checked, it wanted $2.9M, and the Steinway estate's executrix was also willing to carve up the property and sell three out of seven plots for a mere $1.9 million. But now the grand housewhich comes complete with five bedrooms, a grotto, a tower, a pub, and a hot tub flanked by lion statueshas found someone to take the (landmarked, beautiful, expensive) bait. Queens Buzz had the news first (as well as lots of historical details), brought to our attention via Brownstoner Queens, that the mansion is in contract to a private buyer. Hallelujah.
When no one would buy, nonprofit Friends of Steinway Mansion formed and rallied to save the house (primarily its interior, since the outside is protected anyway), even raising funds in an attempt to buy it. As part of its account of the possible sale, Queens Buzz exhorts neighbors to continue to push for its preservation, worried about the fate of the house should it "slip into private hands." Any intel on who the mystery buyer is? The tipline is always open.
· Steinway Mansion Under Contract To Private Buyer [Queens Buzz]
· The Steinway Mansion Is Under Contract [Q'Stoner]
· Astoria's Unsold Steinway Mansion Cuts PriceAnd Size [Curbed]
· All Steinway Mansion coverage [Curbed]