Scenes of a Crime - Do Homes Associated With Scandal Sell?
The red-brick mansion that just went up for sale in Greenwich, Conn., has about everything a buyer could want. Set on 2.1 lush acres on tree-lined Dairy Road, it has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two fireplaces and a pool. Its $5.2 million asking price is, by Greenwich standards, appealing.
This is the Colorado house where the body of JonBenet Ramsey was found.
The home has another distinctive feature. The basement is where real-estate developer Andrew Kissel -- who had been renting the home for $15,000 per month -- was found bound, gagged and stabbed to death in April. "To say the broker will need all the luck he can get finding a buyer is an understatement," says Greenwich broker Chris Fountain, who isn't connected with the property's sale.
It's the convergence of two American obsessions: real estate and scandal. In the latest manifestation, tabloids reported last month that architect Peter Cook -- husband of former supermodel Christie Brinkley -- was having an affair with a 19-year-old employee. Shortly afterward the couple, owners of numerous properties in New York's Hamptons, removed five homes from the market, including the $15 million house where the trysts allegedly took place. Separately, in June, the Chicago home of federal judge Joan Lefkow sold for $759,000. That was well below the $900,000 it was listed at a year ago, a few months after Judge Lefkow's husband and mother were murdered inside