Badly Decorated UES Townhouse Finally Sells

The exterior looks perfectly elegant
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And the kitchen is almost understated.
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Bright blue patterned carpet, patterned curtains, paintings, prints, shag carpet!
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No space left uncovered
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Even the garden is ornate
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Patterns, patterns, patterns, patterns
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The fireplace is lovely
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Why keep it simple?
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With electric blue carpeting in one bedroom, matching powder blue patterned bedspreads and wallpaper in another and gilded antiques of different vintage cluttering up just about every room in the townhouse, it may have been hard for potential buyers to picture themselves living in 138 East 65th Street.

At least, it was a hard house to love for $14.5 million (so many patterns, paintings of boats, hats hanging on the walls, even shag carpeting!). But after almost two years on the market, the 6-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath home, most recently listed with Stribling broker Lisa Meyer, has at last found a buyer willing to pay $10.9 million, according to city records.

The buyer of the place is listed on all documents as Alfat LLC., a limited liability company created only last month. Maybe the buyer wanted to hide his or her identity until the place has been remodeled?

We’re also left with many questions about the seller, businessman William Blundin, who bought the place for $6.4 million in 2001. Who did this to his house? Was it the work of a professional or an amateur? Does he like it?

In any event, the house has, as the listing puts it, “a host of unique features.” There are bay windows, a large garden and a landscaped terrace, three working fireplaces, an elevator and a wine cellar.

Now all it needs is a makeover.
kvelsey@observer.com

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