Monday, April 15, 2013

UPDATE: Sonja Tremont-Morgan

SELLER: Sonja Morgan
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $9,950,000
SIZE: 4,500 square feet 4-5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It was way back in April 2010 when Your Mama last discussed the real estate machinations of The Real Housewives of New York City cast member Sonja Morgan. At that time Miz Morgan—a former luncheon hostess at the tycoon-friendly Midtown eatery San Pietro who became the fourth ex-wife of wildly rich J.P. Morgan descendant and heir John Adams Morgan the Third—had her slender 15-foot wide townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side on the open market with a $7,250,000 price tag, hugely reduced from its original $12 million asking price.

Despite the much-publicized financial reorganization plan she filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan in 2011 in which she declared her long-time townhouse was her '"most necessary and cherished asset,"' the sometimes ditzy and recently charmingly drunk in public Miz Morgan re-listed her Manhattan townhouse late last week for $9,950,000, as was first reported by the folks at The Real Deal.

Property records show the reality star turned wannabe toaster oven mogul and her much older ex-husband acquired the limestone-faced townhouse in April 1998 for $9,100,000. A surface glance of the 1998 purchase price and the current list price would indicate there's not much equity in the property but 2010 bankruptcy filings by Miz Morgan reveal she does not—or did not then—carry an underlying mortgage on the property. That means, of course, that Miz Morgan stands to take the full sale price less expenses, real estate fees and etc. Presumably she'd be required to use a substantial portion of the proceeds of a sale to pay off the film production company that successfully sued her for seven million dollars a few years ago.

Reality television aficionados will recall that on the last season of The Real Housewives of New York City Miz Morgan grappled with a handful of water leaks throughout the townhouse. She even got uncomfortably flirty with her plumber....on camera. Remember that? Naturally, the listing says nothing of any leaks or water damage and—one hopes—Miz Morgan has repaired the leaks and any resulting damages because, well, their existence was documented on national television.

Your Mama discussed at length Miz Morgan's elevator-equipped four bedroom and 5.5 bathroom five floor townhouse three years ago and simply can't bear the thought of doing it again so if any of y'all care for a tetch of snarky commentary about the the rich old lady style day-core and its less than ideal location next door to a parking garage between Lexington and Third Avenues then we suggest you have a look at our previous discussion.

Bankruptcy filings and property records reveal Miz Morgan and her octogenarian ex-husband co-own a screamingly scenic 70-acre spread near Telluride, CO that she claimed he prevented her from visiting even though she forks over about $16,000 every month for her share of the underlying mortgages.

Lo and behold, children, Mister and Miz Morgan's co-owned Rocky Mountain getaway is currently on the open market with an asking price of $9,150,000. The ranch property (above), located in the exclusive Gray Head enclave with direct views of the craggy Wilson Range, includes an 8,362 square foot main residence with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms plus numerous fireplaces, an expensively equipped open-concept kitchen and a cavernous great room with stone walls, rustic wood accents and a staggering 35-foot timber-framed vaulted ceiling.

We're not entirely sure but Your Mama is pretty sure that last year Miz Morgan managed to unload a small house in the South of France that she was granted in her divorce and for what it's worth to anyone who might be interested, Miz Morgan's ex-husband continues to own Caritas Island, a 3.5 acre private island compound off the coast of Stamford, CT with a 14,000-plus square foot main house (plus guest cottage, greenhouse and staff quarters) that he originally listed for $25,000,000 but had on the market late last year for the much-reduced asking price of $15,400,000.

exterior photo (New York City): Sotheby's International Realty (via Street Easy)
listing photos and floor plan (New York City): Corcoran
listing photos (Telluride): Telluride Real Estate Corp.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing how well some bankrupt people can live.

lil' gay boy said...

She could probably dig herself out of her troubles if she only learned to get out of her own way...

Methinks if he saw Sonja's ex's behavior great-great grandaddy Morgan might just be spinning in his grave about now...

Anonymous said...

Sonya Morgan is the best thing that ever happened to the stodgy Morgan family!

Anonymous said...

Amazingly, it looks like the designer responsible for decorating the townhouse, was used to recreate that particular brand of design magic, on the Telluride house.

Anonymous said...

I cannot be the only one to have doubted she actually had a house in France to sell.
Looks like they got rid of that orange sponge treatment in the living room and maybe also the carpet in her bedroom?

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BillinMI said...

Big fan of the RHONY and end up feeling sorry for Sonja most of the time. How could someone divorcing a Morgan not end up financially secure? Her attorneys have really messed up. Anyway, this townhouse has potential. Calling this decor "old money" and "we're too rich to care what others think" is not even close. But someone with good taste and/or a good designer could make it beautiful. BTW I think I read that the RHONY ladies are paid like 500k for a season - not big bucks by any means and certainly not enough to save Sonja. Get a good lawyer and fight - there is a minor child involved after all. Just my two cents.

Anonymous said...

No doubt this could be a beautiful townhouse. It's pretty on the outside but no matter how much lipstick you smear on this thing it's still always going to be two feet from the exit to a parking garage on the wrong side of Lexington.
She was about 100 years late to the Morgan family, bitch needs to adjust her lifestyle.

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Anonymous said...

That house looks a mess on the show... the pictures don't do it justice, unless she's finally had proper renovations. I remember Kelly Bensimon really dissing it one time.

tentukotta said...

what a luxurious life... I mean to live like that....!!!!

Shopgirl said...

Former lunch hostess decided she had the skills to finance a Hollywood production. Not! She got sued for $7 million and lost. Laughable. Now she wants her former hubby to pay up all over again? Boo hoo. Cry me a river, Sonja.

Sandpiper said...


John's nightly nagging pre-divorce question to Sonya:

Damn you Sonya. Did you forget to refill my Viagra script AGAIN??

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Anonymous said...

In defence of John Morgan:
1. He does not need VIAGRA
2. The John I knew was a private man who would never allow himself to be dragged into such a public spat
3. He had reasonably good taste and that NY apartment was horribly decorated
4. John likes simple things and lived modestly in Rowayton.
5. He just married a compete slapper and got stung - hope he has learned his lesson now
6. He is a nice sensitive man and generous

Farrell Mackennon said...

I actually watched some of those episodes of The Real Housewives when she was filing for bankruptcy and crying all the way through each episode! Crying all the way to the bank more like with those kinds of figures being thrown around. Some people just don’t realise how lucky they are. I have had plumber friends telling me quite scary stories about lonely or bored housewives looking for some fun and the narrow escapes they have had running from the house!