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NYC's Saddest Homes Have Sought Buyers for Over 4 Years

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The nightmare for anyone listing his or her home is that no one will want to buy it, and it will just linger on the market year after year, enduring endless price reductions, broker switches, new photos, et cetera. In the case of these listings, the seven that have spent the longest consecutive amounts of time on the market in New York City (excluding multiple units in the same developments) according to data from StreetEasy, that nightmare is a reality. But the unifying factor for all them is that the broker switches and enhanced photographs that usually characterize other desperate listings (see: this Dakota apartment and the penthouse of 16 Warren) just aren't there—in a few cases they seem to have even given up, or to not really be interested in selling at all. Without further ado, here are the saddest homes in New York City.

↑ The Bay Front Estates is a private gated community and marina on the Mill Basin peninsula consisting of 34 uniform luxury homes "designed for the discriminating executive." Apparently, the executives have been especially discriminating, because the units hit the market in February of 2008 and seven of them are still available. The listing for the largest of the bunch, asking $1.2 million (down from $1.7 million), features unfinished, paint-splattered floors, which can't be helping.

↑ This two-bedroom apartment in Battery Park City's Millennium Tower Residences last sold in 2007 for $1.3 million and was put back on the market the following year for $1.79 million. Since then, the price has been moving in the wrong direction—after dipping to $1.59 million in 2010, it has climbed up to $2.1 million. With a current asking price of $1,764 per square foot, it doesn't seem like the owner is all that interested in selling, but consider the waters tested.

↑ Amazingly, the Atelier has more than a dozen units that have been on the market for more than four years (which helps to explain the strange stunts such as offering to combine all nine units on one floor for $85 million). The one that has lingered the longest was listed in 2009 and celebrated its sixth listing anniversary last month. It also keeps inexplicably raising its price, and currently sits at $2.4 million ($2,303 per square foot).

↑ Back to Mill Basin we go, with this nondescript detached one-story house. Apparently "closets galore" have not been enough to wow any potential buyers—the house has been on the market with relatively little price fluctuation (currently, it's asking $939,000) since mid-2009.

↑ The lack of interior photos might give a hint as to why this seemingly impressive Carnegie Hill townhouse has been lingering on the market since 2008. It started at $9 million and the price has been steadily chopped down. As of last July, it's asking $6.995 million.

↑ This four-bedroom co-op looks perfectly nice, but an $875,000 asking price (down from $995,000 when it was listed in October of 2010) might still be a little ambitious for Spuyten Duyvil, way up in the Bronx.

↑ The final sentence of the listing for this lovely Fifth Avenue condo—"Current owner is willing to rent this apartment back from the new owner!!"—seems to suggest a rather complicated situation awaiting any prospective buyers, with an owner who ostensibly wants to sell but is not ready to leave. As such, the place has been on the market since 2010, when it was listed for $1.695 million. It eventually inched down to $1.575 million before shooting up at the end of 2013 to $2.375 million. It doesn't look like this one is going anywhere.
· StreetEasy [official]