A Schizophrenic Murray Hill Townhouse

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This East 38th Street townhouse has a personality disorder, it seems to “be all Washington Irving” on the outside and “all Bret Easton Ellis” indoors.

So, basically, if you like to mask a great place to do blow with some stunning Dutch Revival detail… Congratulations! You’re home.

Oh wait, you do have $14 million, right?

The listing from Sotheby’s is an interesting one, with a strange linguistic take on describing the layout (“two vast spaces”), and a rather scattershot version of the building’s history (used “for Woody Allen’s film, Whatever Works“).

But, for an asking price of  $13,950,000, one would like a little more detail or at least a few more pictures that offer more depth of understanding of what the home has to offer.

With a wood burning fireplace, 2 en suite master baths, an outdoor terrace and a chef’s kitchen this place might be worth the risk if you can rectify the inherent schism between the gargoyles on the unique stone edifice and the almost stereotypical 80’s motif of white walls, glass tiling and spiral staircases that dominate the interior decor.

Hey, maybe Gordon Gekko will have developed a taste for period architecture by the time they shoot Wall Street 3: Whimsical Gargoyles Never Sleep.

tmcenery@observer.com

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