Unreal Estate! Does a Study by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

floorplan2a Unreal Estate! Does a Study by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?Last August, cardboard magnate Dennis Mehiel put his 10,350-square-foot duplex at East 95th Street’s Carhart Mansion on the market with the almighty Dolly Lenz for $35 million, even though he’d paid less than half that sum only three years earlier.

The listing didn’t last long.

It came off the market in October, resurfacing in late May with Brown Harris Stevens. There’s a new price ($34.9 million, a bargain!) and, this week, a new floor plan. Not only is it bigger and better-drawn, but there’s a new layout: What was once listed as a huge reception hall and a hefty breakfast room are now dual dining rooms; two of the bedrooms became an office and a dressing room; two maid’s rooms became one official bedroom; the study is now the study/gym (so you can still read there), but the exercise room is now the media/playroom (so no exercising).

mabelson@observer.com