Have you ever wanted to own a home that spoke for itself? A home that left your guests awe-struck? A house that made you the envy of your friends? How about a house that was previously owned by a criminal? You may be in luck.
Thanks to a plea agreement between Paul Manafort and special counsel Robert Mueller, Manafort must forfeit four properties acquired or furnished with illegal money — including a luxurious estate in the Tony Hamptons.
According to real-estate firm Zillow, the four homes are valued at a combined $16 million. Additionally, Manafort will fork over $30 million or so in either cash and other assets — including a life insurance policy. This will ensure Manafort does not serve a prison sentence exceeding 10 years.
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He will also cooperate in the on-going investigation with the 2016 elections and Russian interference.
The silver lining in all this? If you have ever wanted a (fancy) house with tons of (criminal) history, we are pleased to say you have (four) possible options!
174 Jobs Lane, Water Mill, N.Y.
This gorgeous 10 bedroom boasts 5,574 square feet and has not one, not two but SIX bathrooms. Its estimated value is a $7 million. The estate comes with a pool, a tennis court, a basketball court and putting green (with sand trap). And did we mention the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club is less than a mile away? Fun fact: prosecutors found that more than $6 million in home improvements were made to the house but it is not clear whether the money went into actually improving the household or was laundered. Regardless, you still get six bathrooms out of the deal.
377 Union Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. (middle unit)
With 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and totaling a hefty 4,284 square feet, you and yours will have plenty of space to say the least. The brownstone’s estimated value is $4.1 million and is located in the popular Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn. As of last year, brokers working for Manafort asked for a reasonable $9 million.
29 Howard St., Unit 4, New York, N.Y.
If you are looking for something that is more quaint, this condo may be a good fit for you. Clocking in at 2,150 square feet, this 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms is estimated at $2.9 million and is located in Manhatten’s SoHo district. It as noted Manafort didn’t spend much time at the condo. Manafort instead rented it on Airbnb for upwards of $500 a night.
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1046 N. Edgewood Street, Arlington, Va.
At an estimated $1.7 million, this 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,828 square feet suburban spot is the more humble option out of the four but there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance and is a quick commute into the District of Columbia.
Well, folks, you have options. Whether you settle on six bathrooms or 2.5, happy house hunting!
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