Feb. 28, 2007

Hyatt Hotel heiress Karen Pritzker buys duplex Penhouse in Manhattan

Socialite and Hyatt Hotel heiress Karen Pritzker has paid $12.5 million to buy the historic, six-room duplex penthouse at the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Pritzker, 49, and her husband, investor Michael Vlock, bought the unit at 35 East 76th Street through their KLP Carlyle LLC corporation, according to public records. The penthouse, which was where President John F. Kennedy stayed with Marilyn Monroe, had been first listed for $17.5 million in March 2006, according to StreetEasy.com and the New York Observer, and later was lowered to $14.9 million. Other historic features about the penthouse include auto magnate Henry Ford II and financier Henry Kravis, who also separately had stayed in the unit at one time or another. The apartment was sold by the estate of Leslie Turchin, who founded Tops Appliance City and who died in January 2006 at age 63. Features in the unit include “two extraordinarily appointed bedrooms, two and one half onyx/marble baths,” a solarium, an open terrace, and “unimpeded Central Park & Manhattan views,” according to listing information. Check out the unit’s listing sheet here. The listing sheet also reveals that the monthly maintenance fees are a whopping $34,200. “It’s a lovely apartment,” Vlock told the Observer. “We got it at a price that’s right for us….It’s a wonderful place. We’re happy to be there, happy it all worked out and eager to be in the city. That’s the whole story—honest.”

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