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Johnson & Johnson Heiress Lists Historic Vanderbilt Mansion for $55M

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Many moguls have called the 12,000-square-foot townhouse home

Another day, another ridiculously pricey New York City home hits the market—this time, it's the 12,000-square-foot Vanderbilt Mansion on East 69th Street, and it's asking $55 million. Johnson & Johnson heiress picked up the historic townhouse in 2011 for $48 million, and despite rumors that she was looking to sell, it's remained in her possession ever since (under the corporate alias Falconer LLC.). The new ask isn't that much of a jump from its 2011 selling price, but it is enough to vault it onto the list of New York City's most expensive homes for sale.

So what does $55 million amount to? This particular townhouse has seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and the benefit of a recent revamp by the "leather daddy of luxury" himself, Peter Marino. It's not staged in the listings photos, which puts many of its features—an enormous custom closet, a pristine chef's kitchen, and a very grand staircase—on full display. There's also a roof deck and a backyard, a gym, a hair salon (?!), five wood-burning fireplaces, a wine cellar, and the list goes on and on.

As for the house's pedigree, it was built in 1881 and is probably best known for being home to some of the Vanderbilt clan for a brief period at the turn of the 20th century; it was later sold to a series of moguls, including real-estate developer Walter J. Salmon, founder Roger Barnett, and then Johnson. (Anyone know of any wealthy heirs looking for a home?)