It’s been seven long years since the Bronx mansion built for the second coming of Christ (yes, seriously) hit the market, but the palatial Riverdale home has finally snagged a buyer (h/t Welcome2theBronx). The 15,000-square-foot house at 360 West 253rd Street quietly traded for $6.25 million in January—a major discount from its initial asking price of $15 million.
Before continuing on to its vast list of amenities, a bit on its history: The mansion was built in 1928 by Genevieve Ludlow Griscom, a member of the club—or cult—the Outer Court of the Order of the Living Christ. The group worked off the idea that Jesus, upon his return, would decamp to the Bronx and live the rest of his days in the house on the city’s second highest hill. (The first, for you NYC trivia buffs, is Todt Hill in Staten Island.)
And what a grandiose house it is. A quick rundown on its credentials: It has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, three half-bathrooms, marble floors imported from the Vatican, gilded ceilings painted by artists employed by the Plaza Hotel, chandeliers from the Plaza Hotel, six hand-carved fireplace mantles, a gym with a sauna (Jesus’s gotta stay fit), and approved plans for a 12-car garage, heated driveway, and pool.
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