Real New York Housewife Sonja Morgan, the former San Pietro restaurant hostess who, in the grand tradition of “socialites” everywhere, nabbed a much older (30+ years) and much richer hubby, is trying again. It seems the bankrupt blonde divorcee owes nearly $20 million in debt including a judgment for a movie deal gone sour and has re-listed her UES 5 bedroom townhouse. Will the third time be the charm or have all those busted toilet jokes on RHONY ruined the house’s rep forever? Lackluster decor and a tired, almost thrift shop vibe don’t help.
“162 East 63rd Street , a five-story, single-family Lenox Hill townhouse, is on its third brokerage in four years, but it’s back to a familiar price point. Purchased by its current LLC-shielded owner for $9.1 million in 1998, the house was renovated and put back on the market a decade later for $12 million. Nobody bit, so it was delisted and returned the following year for $9.25 million, then spent another year getting chopped all the way down to $7.25 million before being delisted once again. Now it’s back again for $9,950,000, making this both a PriceChopper and a PriceUpper. It doesn’t appear that any further renovations have been done since the the original 2008 listing, but now that the market has recovered, its chances of finding a buyer should increase significantly. The only mystery here is what possessed the owners to pay $9.1 million for a 4,500-square-foot, un-renovated Lenox Hill townhouse in 1998.”