Real Housewives of New York star Sonja Morgan has dropped the price of her Lenox Hill townhouse yet again, this time asking $7.2 million. It’s been a rocky few years for the former wife of J.P Morgan heir John Morgan. She’s been trying desperately to hang onto the pad since her devastating 2008 divorce followed by a pricey lawsuit, which forced her to file for bankruptcy in 2010.
The five-story home at 162 East 63rd Street, which the couple purchased in 1998 for $9.1 million, has seen its price fluctuate a few times, falling from $12 million to $7.25 million, then returning for nearly $10 million in 2013 before beginning its steady decent to its current asking price. And last we heard, the loopy reality star was renting the home out for $25,000 per month to cover taxes while she tried to sell. The show doesn’t exactly portray the five-bedroom home in the best light, so let’s take a look inside to see what it really has to offer.
The space is situated on a prominent townhouse block on the Upper East Side next to a parking garage, a detail many find to be a slight hindrance. The Morgans only renovated the home once during their 15-year stay, but the house still has some redeemable qualities. The garden level has a beautiful entry foyer, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and an office with French doors that open to the familiar landscaped garden.
The parlor level has a library, which can double as a bedroom, and a grand dining room that flows into the chef’s kitchen with mahogany cabinets and granite countertops. Large windows in the kitchen allow you to look out over the gardens and townhouses nearby.
The third floor is devoted entirely to the master suite, with walk-in closets; a sitting room with a Juliet balcony; and a bathroom with a chandelier, soaking tub, and a serene view of the tree-lined streets below.
Guests will love the gym-spa bath and irrigated terrace to go with the fourth floor bedroom. Meanwhile, two additional bedrooms reside on the fifth floor, along with a kitchenette and laundry closet. A mahogany elevator helps you navigate this townhouse with ease, while electric awnings provide shade for the two terraces.
Ms. Morgan has already lost her French villa as part of her bankruptcy proceedings, so this may feel like salt in the wound, but we’re rooting for her to get out from under this financial burden. So here’s hoping the eighth time’s a charm and this house sells quickly so Sonja can move on with her life.
Photos courtesy of Corcoran; Photo of Sonja Morgan courtesy of Scott Wintrow/Getty Images North America