Sonja Morgan’s E. 63rd St. is desperately in need of Fredrik Eklund. Here is a quick primer on Sonja pre-RHONY, Sonja was a little go getter with aspirations who put herself through college and did some modeling and ended up living in NYC working at an Italian restaurant where she met her future husband who is somehow related to JP Morgan the steel guy. I forget all the particulars but he was an older gent with serious old NYC money and Sonja married him. But despite anchoring the relationship with a kid, the marriage failed and they were separated in 2006 and divorced in 2008.
In the divorce, Sonja got the 4,500ish square feet place with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms with plumbing issues that bought in the late 1990s for around $9million. Shortly after the divorce she began trying to sell. I think she started around $12million, then $9 million. Then she tried to declare bankruptcy because back toward the end of the marriage she formed a company and named it Sonja Entertainment (or something similar) and promised some Hollywood types that she would get financing for a John Travolta movie to the tune of $7million or so. But the courts refused to let her off the hook.
Despite trying to sell the place at a loss for five years now, it seem no one will touch it. That seems odd to me. The place was purchased around 15 years ago before the bubble burst and the ensuing market recovery. I have a feeling the Morgans just overpaid for the skinny little place in the ’90s and Sonja’s hubby knew it so he gave it to her in the divorce.
Since she is in desperate need of money, she has moved out to rent the place for $25K a month. That means Sonja needs to move to a more modest place up the street and her eleventy billion interns may have to move back in with mommy and daddy.
Here is what I wonder though. Since the place is no longer her primary residence and is now income/rental property, can the people with the $7million+ judgment take the townhouse? Anyone?