Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could expand their real estate portfolio.
They are rumor to be on the hunt for a rental apartment near the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. The two currently live in Santa Barbara, California.
After stepping down from their royal duties, the couple moved to the upmarket enclave of Montecito, where they reportedly paid $14.65million for a 7-acre resort in 2020.
The affluent beach town, 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, offers privacy and seclusion. Popular with celebrities, it houses Oprah Winfrey, Rob Loweand Ellen Degeneresamong others.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could add an address on the East Coast.
Located directly on the East River, the downtown district where the United Nations meets offers an array of options when it comes to high-rise, luxury apartment buildings.
Befitting the nature of international diplomacy, the region attracts people from all over the world. In fact, the US government even bought a posh apartment at 50 United Nations Plaza for $15.85 million in 2019. The 37th floor unit is said to have housed the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
The Sussexes made an appearance at the UN last fall during a trip to New York, and the experience could have left a lasting impression.
We scoured the neighborhood’s active rentals and came up with a few options befitting a royally famous couple.
Price: $30,000 per month
Royal appeal: Considered a “masterpiece in the sky,” this four-bedroom space is a combination of multiple units. The corner living room offers stunning views of the East River. A chef’s kitchen features a long open bar and is perfect for entertaining.
The space includes a double master suite, library, and formal dining room. Luxury details include 11 foot ceilings, glass walls and wood moldings.
The building offers 24/7 front desk attendants, a concierge, and a health club with a 60-foot indoor pool. Residents also have access to a private driveway and on-site valet parking.
Price: $75,000 per month
Royal appeal: “If Harry and Meghan want to make a splash at the UN, they could rent the penthouse at 50 United Nations Plaza for $75,000 a month,” says a luxury pundit. Jenny Lenzwith Dolly Lenz Real Estate.
This duplex penthouse measures 9,704 square feet and offers six bedrooms. There are two amazing terraces, one of which stems from the living space. The other features a 30ft pool and ipe wood deck, perfect for hosting parties in the sky.
“The British Monarch has a small penthouse in the building, so the couple could easily eclipse the Royals by renting the large penthouse,” Lenz jokes.
Price: $25,000 per month
Royal appeal: Of course, the Duke and Duchess might prefer a more modest base.
This three-bedroom aerie unit is smaller but still allows residents to bask in luxury. A large corner room with floor-to-ceiling windows offers views of iconic Manhattan landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Freedom Tower. Each bedroom is en-suite, with spacious closets, and the layout includes a kitchen with dining area and utility room.
Price: $45,000 per month
Royal appeal: If the Sussexes preferred to bring the whole family to the Big Apple, this tony townhouse would work.
The five-level home is equipped with an elevator and oversized casement windows on each floor. The open layout includes a large kitchen with dining area and a family room. A ground floor lounge provides a more formal space for entertaining guests, and the upper floors house bedrooms and terraces.
The townhouse has a private garden. It is located in Turtle Bay Gardens, a neighborhood of historic townhouses and Greenacre Park.
Price: $75,000 per month
Royal appeal: If the view of the East River isn’t appealing, how about a perch above Central Park?
This 62nd floor unit offers a spectacular view of the park. The 4,483-square-foot, three-bedroom unit features rosewood floors and a 1,300-square-foot great room with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The master suite includes a sitting area, two closets and two bathrooms. Resident facilities include guarded parking, a fitness center and swimming pool, as well as a five-star restaurant on site.
Price: $40,000 per month
Royal appeal: Maybe a downtown loft would suit the couple? The 5,462-square-foot space stands out with its 10-foot ceilings, huge casement windows, exposed beams, brick features, and city views to the east and south.
The great room includes an elegant dining area and a living room with a gas fireplace. The media room also has a gas fireplace and is adjacent to a kitchen with dining area.
The building offers doormen, concierge service, a fitness center and a common roof garden.
The location is close to SoHo and Hudson Square, restaurants, and the subway. If Harry and Meghan prefer to drive across town, this rental comes with a deeded parking space, the rarest luxury in town.