‘West Side Story’ Producer Hal Prince Swaps Brokers, Tries For $21 M. On the East Side

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Harold Prince may be best known for directing and producing Broadway musicals, but his real métier, it turns out, is real estate. According to city records, the 21-time Tony winner has bought or sold no less than seven different properties in Manhattan north of 59th Street over the past decade. (For the most part, not a West Side Story—only three units were on the West Side, and two of those were in 222 Central Park South.)

And his latest attempt is far from modest: just yesterday he and wife Judy relisted their townhouse at 48 East 74th Street for $21 million. If they can get anywhere near the ask, it’ll be a windfall for the couple, as they bought the home in 2009 for $12.5 million. (Although it was the previous owner, who bought the house in 2002 for just $3.6 million, who made off the best.)

This isn’t the first time Mr. and Mrs. Prince (herself of a theater pedigree—her father, Saul Chaplin, was a composer and musical director) have tried to sell the forty-foot Upper East Side townhouse. Back in November they listed the property with Fox Residential Group for $22 million, but they’re clearly hoping that Paula Del Nunzio at Brown Harris Stevens and a small price cut will do the trick. (This would not be the first time a perfectly lovely residence has suffered from the Princes’ theatrical decorating decisions.)

The townhouse’s neo-Georgian façade may not be as elaborate as its neighbors, but it has enough interior features to make up for it. With a four-story atrium and elevator to, the house includes a roomy 7,375 square feet—and that’s just above ground. The basement, which includes a gym and staff suite, holds another 2,000 square feet. (Future buyers: if you’re looking for staff, you know where to find us!)

Whether or not they get their $21 million ask, the couple will likely not go hungry—less than two years ago they sold their duplex co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue for nearly $25 million.

‘West Side Story’ Producer Hal Prince Swaps Brokers, Tries For $21 M. On the East Side