This six-story townhouse on the corner of 38th and Lexington has had a hard time finding a buyer. Purchased for $2,350,500 on Valentine's Day 2005, it's been on and off the market since October of 2011, with the
high low point being a brokerbabble typo saying the 1860s-built home was the work of Carnegie Mellon (note: not a person). That accompanied a listing asking $3.995 million. That price, surprisingly, put the 4BR/3.5BA into the realm of the cheapest move-in ready, single-family Manhattan townhouses available to buy last summer. That designation has yet to prove compelling, so owners Shaun Honig and Elizabeth Heller Honig have switched brokers yet again and just re-listed with Leslie Garfield, chopping the price a smidge to $3,985,000. The casement windows date back to the 19th century, though they have modern noise-preventing additions, and some of the frilly, chintz furnishings wouldn't look out of place then, either. Meanwhile, the plumbing and electrical systems have been updated, and there are four fireplaces and a roof deck. So why won't it sell?
· Listing: 136 East 38th Street [Leslie Garfield via StreetEasy]
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