Jesus said his father’s house had many mansions — and one of them appears to be in the Bronx.
Back in 1928, a time of flappers and speakeasies, a religious order in New York set about making room for the son of God in case he ran into that no-room-at-the-inn situation again.
In the home’s early years, the son of God would have found an array of rooms to choose from, but only one bathroom, according to the New York Post. Now there are eight bathrooms to better serve the mansion’s seven bedrooms.
The estate atop the Bronx’s highest point can be rented for $35,000 a month, and has been off and on the market for years. The most recent listing, for $9.9 million, was removed last November.
The sprawling 15,000-square-foot home boasts amenities fit for a king of kings: a gym, hot tub, walk-in freezer and six fireplaces. There are also four wet bars perfect for turning water into wine, or gin into Martinis.
A claret-red formal dining room is blessed with a marble fireplace, parquet floors and a hand-painted ceiling.
One worker stayed at the estate for more than four years getting the ceilings right, owner Sandra Galuten told the New York Daily News. She and her late husband bought the home in the ’80s and spent more than a decade restoring it.
Unlike the woman who built the home with her religious order and spent an hour each day playing its organ, the Galutens actually lived there. They salvaged the thick marble slab floors, but not the organ.
“Jesus would probably love [the house],” Galuten told the Post. “I redid it in very elegant taste.”
The rental listing agent is May Amos of the Oxford Property Group.
Photos by Stefano Giovannini