In the past year and a half that this very ornate Upper West Side townhouse has been on and off the market, it's been the victim of some pretty laughable comparisons. In discovering that the townhouse at 48 West 85th Street, with a former ask of $13.8 million that included every high-backed chair and irreplaceable vase inside of it, is now on the rental market for $30,000/month, 6sqft described the place as something "straight from Liberace's vision board." Nailed it. The rental includes all but the townhouse's separate ground-floor unit, and is available either short- or long-term.
The townhouse was constructed in 1886 for a member of the Lehman banking family. Potential bad juju aside, here's what can be found in the house: five bedrooms and three bathrooms, Bacarrat crystal chandeliers, crystal doorknobs, eight fireplaces, Schumacher brocade wall coverings, original wood shutters, Tiffany dishes, a Quoizel chandelier, Sheryl Wagner bathroom fixtures, and gold-leafed dental crown moldings. The only thing that's missing is a whole lot of nothing.
· Over-the-Top Upper West Side Townhome Wants $30K/Month [6sqft]
· Listing: 48 West 85th Street [Elliman]
· Lavish $13.8M UWS Manse Is In the Wrong Time, Wrong Place [Curbed]