Johnson & Johnson heiress lists former Vanderbilt mansion for $95K/month


Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson had a problem familiar to many people: her house, which she listed in April for $55 million, wasn’t selling. Her solution to said problem, though, is slightly more unusual: she decided to list the house at 16 East 69th Street on the rental market yesterday for a whopping $95,000-a-month.


The grand, absolutely enormous house (it’s 12,111 square feet), was built in 1881 and later bought in 1900 by Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Johnson purchased the home in 2011 from founder Roger Barnett and another heiress, George Lindemann’s daughter Sloan Lindemann Barnett, for $48 million. Johnson had its interiors redone by Peter Marino, though judging from the listing photos, none of those furnishings are left.


Given its enormous size, the home has a room for basically every conceivable function: there’s a breakfast room, a gallery, a playroom, a “soundproof seruched oak” library, a sauna and steamroom, a hair salon (!), a nightclub with a full bar, a roof that can be turned into a terrace, a wine cellar and a private gym.