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Presenting Boston's Oldest Million-Dollar Listing

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Well, it's the oldest million-dollar listing that's, let's say, practical. The regal Ames-Webster mansion has been on a lot longer (like, a thousand days and counting) but that's mind-bogglingly huge—26,000 square feet, with 50 rooms and 28 fireplaces—that it seems destined for commercial use as some lucky foundation's donor-inspiring hub. On the other hand, this 3-BR, 3-BA duplex at 109 Marlborough Street could easily be a bonafide single family's home (see what we did there?).

But it's taking forever: the 2,491-square-foot spread has been on sale for 915 days and counting. And that's the short of it: First listed in August 2008 for $2,250,000, it was taken off the market the following month; re-listed in April 2009 for $2,050,000; and removed from the market again in May 2010. A source tells us, however, that it's still being shopped at that last price, and thus the days being ticked off. Thoughts on why it's taking a while? Leave them in the comments below.

· Listing: 109 Marlborough Street [Zillow]
· What Do You Get the Back Bay Mansion That Has Everything? [Curbed Boston]
· Our Methuselahs archive [Curbed Boston]

Ames-Webster Mansion

306 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116