It's been a long, hard slog for the Bronx's mind-bogglingly gilded mansion at 360 West 253rd Street, and rightly so. The over-the-top estate has been on and off the market since 2009, most recently appearing for $10.99 million in early 2014. Although the house has failed to sell for all of six years, it's appeared on the market yet again asking even more than before, at $11.2 million. Although that's nowhere near the home's 2009 ask of $15 million, it's still the most expensive house in the Bronx and the second most expensive lot for sale in the borough only behind a mysterious "L-shaped waterfront property" in Hunt's Point asking an outrageous $25 million.
[UPDATE: A source familiar with the property says its taken so long to sell because the house was built on rented property in a land lease deal. Two offers have been received for the property since its relisting.]
According to the listing, the 14,000-square-foot house was built in 1928 by "an Episcopal group embracing tolerance" and has
seven bedrooms, three half-baths, four wet bars, a hot tub, French doors in the master bath that open at the touch of a button, hobby room and workshop on the top floor, fully wired security, phones in every bathroom, wine cellar, barbecue pit in the kitchen, walk-in freezer, glass-roof conservatory and a cocktail lounge. The renovation, spanning 25 years, has kept the homes original splendor while adding modern conveniences. Gold and Silver leaf adorn the ceilings and trim while Limestone walls usher you into its grand foyer. Marble floors imported from the Vatican greet you as you enter the master suite and its elegant confines a taste of yesteryear. The listing this time around fails to mention the house's painted ceilings, which former listings divulged were "painted by The Plaza Hotel's own artisans" who spent four years working in the house. Those chandeliers? Those are from the Plaza, too. Short on cloying grandeur this place is not.
· Listing: 360 West 253rd Street [Oxford Property Group via StreetEasy]
· All 360 West 253rd Street coverage [Curbed]