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Sonja Morgan forced to take NYC townhouse off market after 8 years without buyer

“Real Housewives of New York” star Sonja Morgan has been forced to take her Manhattan townhouse off the market once again after eight years without an offer, The Post can report.

Morgan, 57, initially listed the Upper East Side home back in 2013 for $9.95 million amid her divorce battle with J.P. Morgan heir John A. Morgan. It has seen several price cuts since, including a $7.2 million price tag back in 2015.

In 2018, after receiving no offers, she tried renting the five-story residence for $32,000 per month, property records show.

After extensive remodeling, the home was back on sale last summer for $8.75 million, in hopes the vibrant market amid the pandemic would be in her favor. But after a year without any prospects, Morgan delisted the property last week.

Sonja Morgan has been forced to take her Upper East Side townhouse off the market after eight years without a buyer.Douglas Elliman

“At this point, this house is nothing more than a financial drain, an emotional drain,” she explained on Season 12 of “Real Housewives of New York.”

The townhouse is spread across five floors.
The townhouse is spread across five floors.
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Morgan was allowed to keep the townhouse in 2015 after she settled her five-year-long bankruptcy case following her divorce.

Using estate money from the proceeds of the 2015 liquidation, she was able to pay back her creditors. Morgan’s property in Ramatuelle, France, was sold for $5.7 million and $1.2 million was given away that she had racked up from her savings. And at the time, her new $3.3 million mortgage on her New York home also went to her creditors. Those creditors include Hannibal Pictures, in which Morgan became embroiled after a failed movie project. Hannibal was paid $6.95 million from the estate, court records show.

Her ex-husband also agreed to allow their formerly shared Colorado property in Telluride to go to lenders.

The elevator.
The mahogany-paneled elevator.
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The foyer.
The foyer.
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The kitchen boasts wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a marble island with breakfast seating.
The kitchen boasts wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a marble island with seating.
Douglas Elliman

Last season on the show, Morgan revealed how she had to give up her own apartment on Columbus Circle and move back into the townhouse at the start of pandemic, since most New Yorkers had fled the city.

“I had to move back here, because I rented the apartment while this [townhouse] was rented, but when the pandemic struck, forget it! This wasn’t rented or sold. I had to move back here,” Sonja explained on the show’s May 4 episode, adding in an interview, “If no one’s renting the townhouse, I can’t be shelling out cash every month to rent my little pied-à-terre in Columbus Circle . . . I am a guest in my own house until this gets rented or sold.”

The outdoor area has a landscaped garden that spans 575 square feet and boasts a fountain and koi pond.
The outdoor area has a landscaped garden that spans 575 square feet and boasts a fountain and koi pond.
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The living room.
The living room boasts a fireplace.
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The formal dining room.
The formal dining room.
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Over the years, the townhouse has been handled by several real estate companies, starting with the Corcoran Group, then Sotheby’s International Realty and, finally, Douglas Elliman. 

The New York City townhouse, located on 63rd Street, features a mahogany-paneled elevator and has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The rooms are spread out over five floors totaling approximately 5,500 square feet (including the 800-square-foot basement), according to the listing.

One of two primary ensuite bathrooms with a spa tub.
One of two primary en-suite bathrooms with a spa tub.
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The second primary ensuite bathroom with a bidet.
The second primary en-suite bathroom with a bidet.
Douglas Elliman
One of five bedrooms with its own balcony.
One of five bedrooms with its own balcony.

The primary bedroom boasts a terrace.
The primary bedroom boasts a terrace.

Another bedroom with street views.
Another bedroom with street views.

“Among the glories of this house are the custom mosaic floors in the full-width entryway and the two large master baths with nautical motifs personal to the Morgan family. Mr. Morgan, his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, J.P. Morgan, were all noted yachtsmen and Commodores of the New York Yacht Club,” the listing previously stated.

Interior amenities include a sauna, a gym and a library. The exterior boasts an outdoor space with a landscaped garden that spans 575 square feet with a fountain and koi pond. There is also a 150-square-foot terrace on the fourth floor.

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