Bronx ‘Jesus Mansion’ goes on market for $10 million after intended tenant fails to return from Heaven
A 14,000 square foot estate built for Jesus Christ in Riverdale, New York is going on the market for $10 million dollars because the Son of God has still not returned to Earth to claim it, reports the New York Post.
Known variously as Chapel Farm, Fair Hill or Chapel Hill, the castle-like building was built in 1928 by Genevieve Ludlow Griscom, the wife of Clement Acton Griscom Jr. — a wealthy ship heater magnate.
Genevieve Griscom was a member of a religious order known as the Outer Court of the Order of the Living Christ, who believed that Christ would return to Earth and would rule his heavenly kingdom from the 17-room dwelling — now with a carport and attached garage.
As current owner Sandra Galuten explained, “The house has such a history to it. It is really interesting.”
The property was originally used as a summer retreat for the church members who, along with Griscom, lived in neighboring cottages as the 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom mansion was cleaned daily in anticipation of Christ’s return.
Griscom died in 1958 at age 90, and the property was sold to a developer for $700,000, before being turned over to the Archdiocese of New York, who then sold it in 1969 to nearby Manhattan College.
Galuten and her husband, Jerry, purchased the property in 1987 for “practically nothing,” at time when the house was boarded up, with broken windows, scorched walls and a family of raccoons living in the attic.
The Galutens restored the property to its current grandeur in a style that would make developer Donald Trump nod with approval; with rich marble floors and accents, vibrant colors and a generous use of gold trim and coverings.
According to Zillow, the home currently rents for $35,000 per month and is suitable for a single family.
Pets are welcome, but limited to cats and small dogs.