Behold, "an enchanted world of shape and space" awaits you in the soon-to-be-former home of multiple Tony Award-winning director and producer Harold Prince (Evita). This, according to realtor Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens, who is selling Prince's Upper East Side townhouse, affectionately known as the "pink palace." It is currently listed for $21 million.
Prince, who has won more Tony Awards than anyone in history, bought the neo-Georgian townhouse at 48 East 74th Street in 2009 for $12.5 million, at the height of the housing slump. He now expects to make an $8.5 million profit.
"Its creative space demonstrates that impossibly difficult ideas are the best ideas," Del Nunzio writes poetically in the listing, as if she were a character in one of Prince's musicals. The space certainly seems to have unleashed Prince's creativity. Red squiggles and green Astroturf adorn the banister of the staircase. The dining room features candy striped chairs. Floral print curtains cover a floor to ceiling window in the living room, a space with a soaring 20 foot ceiling. "Dramatic entertaining spaces exist throughout," claims the listing.
Indeed, dramatic doesn't begin to describe it. The living room has played host to Prince's annual Christmas Party for the last few years. His (very literal) red carpet has cushioned the feet of more Tony winners than the red carpet at the Tony Awards is likely to this year. It is a carpet just loaded with Broadway crackdust and SECRETS.
"Oh yes, that's where ____ threw up all over ______, after losing the ‘best actress in a musical' Tony," you might casually mention while entertaining guests in your new townhouse. Who cares if it's true or not? Everyone will believe you. You're living in Hal Prince's old house…and you're a millionaire!
Of course, if you happen to be the lucky buyer, you can rip out the loud rep carpet and floral drapes and redecorate however you'd like. Let your creativity soar. Dream the impossible dream, or whatever.
Here's a list of amenities:
-A huge entertaining space, with floor to ceiling window (in case of Company)
-A second floor balcony ("Don't cry for me Argentina")
-An elevator that goes from the basement to the 6th floor (travel in style, like the Phantom)
-A terraced roof (for your personal Fiddler)
-A kitchen with an island (perfect for making delicious meat pies)