Princess Sells UES Townhouse for Princely Sum


Back in 1980, HRH Princess Alexandra Schoenburg-Hartenstein of Austria paid $700,000 for a townhouse at 123 East 71st Street. After owning the home for thirty-one regal years, the Princess has sold the home, fetching $8.3 million, city records show.

The home has imperial appeal, with five-bedrooms and 4.5-baths and not one but two entrances (one for the servants, of course!). The master suite features a wood burning fireplace and a walk-in closet, while the backyard spans a full 670 square feet. No Great Parterre, but impressive for New York nonetheless!

The four-story home was listed briefly back in 2004 for $10.5, and re-listed this past July with a $9 million asking price. Corcoran broker Carmen Perez, the listing broker on both occasions, explained that the townhouse was not Ms. Schoenburg’s primary residence. “They have places in other parts of the world,” she told The Observer when the home was originally listed. The home was purchased anonymously through an LLC.

Indeed, Ms. Schoenburg lists Chateau Palataki in Switzerland as her primary address on the property deed. That said, it doesn’t seem that she is ready to leave New York completely. City records show she recently purchased another, more humble home. In mid-January, she signed the deed on a co-op at 14 East 68th Street, which she bought from gallerist Marc Jancou for $2.3 million.

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