Astoria, Real Estate
Mar 07, 2014

Steinway Mansion Has a Buyer, Under Contract

Earlier this week we learned that the Steinway Mansion, which has been on the market for years, has a buyer. According to Bob Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, (…)

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Earlier this week we learned that the Steinway Mansion, which has been on the market for years, has a buyer. According to Bob Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, via the Times Ledger, “The mansion is under contract and there really is nothing else to say.” The comment sounds somewhat terse, hmm…

Michele Kazarian, the executor of the estate, also did not exude a cheery vibe: “It’s been a very difficult time for me and my family, but yes, there is a buyer. We wanted to sell it to the city for the longest time, but we just had to move on.”

Peter Vallone also added his two cents, tinged with frustration, with “I tried for years to get the city to buy it and it’s an abject failure that they didn’t buy it and make it a part of the Historic House Trust of New York City. I don’t fault the family or the private buyer, but I certainly do blame the city.”

Curbed reminds us that the most recent price was $2.9  million with the option to sell “three out of seven plots for a mere $1.9 million.” We are definitely curious about the purchase price, who is this mystery buyer is, and we’re even more curious as to what the new buyers will do with the place. It can’t be torn down because of its landmark status, but they should could gut the insides (UGH).

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Landmarked Steinway Mansion sold to unidentified buyer [Times Ledger]
Astoria’s Opulent Steinway Manse Finally Lures Mystery Buyer [Curbed]

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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