UPDATED: Well the auction happened…and the Somers’ Monticello replica went for $2.1 million – just a loss of $5.7 million.
Thomas Jefferson is easily one of the most admired Americans of all time. President, inventor, author of the Declaration of Independence, the face on the most unnecessary currency of all time – the $2 bill…the list goes on and on. (Granted, he also wasn’t the best guy in the world, what with being a slave owner and all, but that’s a conversation for another time.)
But this isn’t a history lesson – this is a story of something that’s far more current.
This is about a house that no one wants to buy in Somers.
Thomas Jefferson’s fabled home of Monticello (for which he was the architect and chief designer) is a fascinating place to visit if you’re ever in Virginia – but you can’t live there since it’s a museum and owned by the government and all. But that didn’t stop the founder of Friendly’s Ice Cream co-founder S. Prestley Blake.
Intended as a source of pride, the five-bedroom, four-bath estate on nine acres was modeled after Monticello (it’s not an exact replica) and has been up for purchase for 18 months. After a cost of $7.7 million to build, it has not been able to sell at the asking price of $4.9 million.
BUT…there is no minimum bid. And will go for whatever the highest bid is!
In other words, I’ve got $637.08 in my bank account if anyone wants to go in on it with me.