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the presenter Phil DonahueThe 87-year-old, who is considered the pioneer of talk shows, sold his old Connecticut mansion some time ago, which could be reduced to rubble to make way for a more modern property that is not invaded by rats and raccoons, species that have been in charge of destroying the property.
The Tudor-style house, located on the most exclusive avenue in Westport, has an extension of 8,500 square feetbut very soon it could be history.
Despite the intentions of Peggy Reiner, the current owner, to carry out the works as soon as possible, the reality is that the Historic District Commission has already put a stop to it and invited her to sit down and discuss to find alternatives that do not involve demolition of a historic building.
In the event that the talks do not come to fruition, demolition work could begin at the end of this year and the house built in 1911, with 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, will pass away.
Listing the various problems as unsafe balconies to walk on, a collapsing roof and a waterlogged basement, Reiner told the commission: “Unfortunately, it cannot be saved.”
The property was bought by the Reiners, in $16,500,000 dollarsa figure much lower than the $32,000,000 dollars that its then owners came to claim when they first launched it on the market.
In addition to the rodent-infested home, the new owners took advantage of the vastness of the land to build a second home, which is where they currently live and from which they enjoy spectacular views of the sea.
The new residence, which would be valued at $20,000,000 dollarshas an extension of 20,000 square feet and multiple amenities.
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