I visited 93 Doubling Road’s broker open house yesterday, and it’s truly a sight. It’s not dark inside, as I’d feared, and its been updated to modern standards (except for the laundry room, but I suspect the lady of this house won’t be spending much time there), so the buyer can move right in.
The slate tiles on the roof, 100-years-old, are literally thick enough to use as terrace paving stones and are probably good for another couple of centuries. As is the house, in all its sprawling glory. Only 4 of its original 54 acres are left, but that’s still enough for complete privacy and the tennis court, sunken out of view, is an idea whose time should never have passed. The wine racks, by the way, will hold 1,138 bottles (it took me forever to count them!), though it’s empty now, except for three magnums of champagne – a shrewd negotiator can probably get those thrown into the deal. Hell, at this price, he can probably demand that the racks be completely replenished.
But that price: $14 million, is going to be a tough sell. I heard one very, very experienced agent, someone who’s sold plenty of homes in this price range, say, “it’s absolutely magnificent, but it’s going to take a special buyer.” That’s true of any house in this price range, of course: buyers in the $9 million-and-up category are thin, but that hasn’t stopped 71 other Greenwich owners from putting their houses up for sale in that price range. Of course, only 12 houses asking $9 + sold in the past year (and many of them fell below that threshold in the final negotiations), but that’s good news for buyers: with 14 years of inventory out there, there’s plenty of time to look.