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Meadowcroft Lane

Someone asked earlier today about the status of Mark Mariani’s spec houses and I told him that all three: Doverton, Dairy and Meadowcroft were off the market and supposedly being prepared for rental. I was wrong about 1 Meadowcroft – it is still actively for sale and in fact it was reduced just now to $12 million, down from its original asking price of $14.5. So if you were waiting …..


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No Body Home?

Sorry, couldn’t resist. 8 Dairy Road, one of the stable of Mariani spec houses currently for sale, is listed for rent today at $25,000 per month. The house was originally listed for sale at $10.750 million and has dropped to $8.450 million (see below for my discussion of what this does to buyers’ resolve to bid low) and, with that not working, Mr. Mariani now invites you to pay his mortgage for him. Why not? Nice house.

Number 8 is so numbered because, back in 2006 when it was known as #10 Dairy Road, real estate fraudster Andrew Kissel was murdered in the basement:  hog tied with those flexicuffs riot cops like to use and stabbed about 100 times. Our police, God love them, labelled it a suicide as they always do – you don’t expect them to close a murder case by solving it, do you? – and the house was sold to Mariani for $3.475 million in 2007.  He removed Mr. Kissel from the premises, changed the street number and built anew but, whether because of ghosts or just plain overpricing, the house hasn’t moved. But here’s your chance to move in, either via a short term lease or, like poor Mr. Kissel, permanently.


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