After garnering no takers on the opulent $55 million townhouse, heiress Libet Johnson is taking a chance on the rental market
It's not too hard to believe that some über-rich buyer didn’t snap up the historic Vanderbilt mansion from Johnson & Johnson heiress Elizabeth "Libet" Johnson when it first went on sale in April, considering its $55 million asking price. But alas, it didn't budge after five months, and Johnson will now try her luck on the rental market (h/t New York Observer)—though the ask, $95,000 a month, is no less absurd.
So what does the grand mansion at 16 East 69th Street entail? There are seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, five wood-burning fireplaces, a hair salon (you can’t makes this stuff up), a nightclub designed by Colin Cowie in the finished basement, and on the list goes. The home has even been redesigned by Peter Marino (the "leather daddy of luxury," which will never get old) in recent years.
Aside from all of its luxurious offerings, the home has housed many moguls in its day. The Vanderbilt family did a stint there (and the name has stuck to the house ever since), as did real-estate developer Walter J. Salmon, and Beauty.com founder Roger Barnett, before Johnson acquired the home for $48 million in 2011.