The Schinasi mansion, a gorgeous enigmatic 12,000-square-foot marble mansion on 107th street and Riverside Park, has finally found a buyer. The mansion, which has been on the market for about seven years, went into contract after the price was cut to $13.5 million, the New York Observer reported. The selling price is unclear.
The house was built in 1909, commissioned by Turkish cigarette baron Morris Schinasi. The Times wrote about it in 2007, a year after it hit the market:
“The result was a French Renaissance marble mansion with a sea-green tiled roof. Its three floors included an Egyptian marble hall inlaid with Turkish glass, a Louis XVI drawing room, a library, a smoking room and a reception hall. The pineapple, a traditional symbol of hospitality, is found throughout the house, set into the moldings in gold and bronze. Among the house’s unusual features is an underground passage to the Hudson River, now sealed.”
In 1983, Hans and Beverly Smit bought the house from Columbia University for $325,000 and spent more than 20 years renovating it. They first tried to sell it for $31 million in 2006, but cut the price several times. The Observer hears that even after the renovations the mansion still needed quite a bit of work, which may have dissuaded some buyers. “Many people have wanted to see it over the years, but many people have been disappointed. When you stepped in, it was like stepping back in time,” the broker told the Observer. “The woodwork was distorted, the ceilings were beautiful but crumbling, the exterior was in bad shape. I guess it’s been habitable all these years, but it needs a lot of work.”
Corcoran, which listed the house, says it’s the only freestanding single-family mansion in Manhattan. Check out the floor plan below:
Top photo via Wikimedia commons. Floor plan and interior via Corcoran.