Steinway Mansion inches toward private purchase

But preservationist hopes persevere as closing details remain elusive

18-33 41st Street
18-33 41st Street

Astoria’s Steinway Mansion has found a private buyer.

Once the main home of the piano-manufacturer’s family — and located on the company’s factory grounds at 18-33 41st Street — the home hit the market in 2009 asking $5 million. It then underwent a series of price chops. Last asking $1.9 million as of this past summer, the mansion was built in 1858 and comes on a one-acre parcel of land.

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No details about the buyer have surfaced as of yet, and how close the property is to selling. If a contract hasn’t yet been signed, Queens Buzz points out, the city and local preservation groups may still be able to secure landmark status for the historic site. Earlier this month, one nonprofit was also looking to raise about $9 million in hopes of buying the estate, which originally sat on 440 acres.

Should the property’s private sale go through, the new owner would be flanked by five bedrooms, a grotto, tower, pub and hot tub lined with lion statues. [Curbed]Julie Strickland