The Queen of England Picks Up Manhattan Pied-a-Terre

BUYER: The Queen of England
LOCATION: New York City, N.Y.
PRICE: $8,045,000 (last asking)
SIZE: 3,004 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Though she officially visits the United States rarely — her last state visit was back in 2007 — real estate reports out of New York City say Her Majesty,* the Queen of England, has snatched up an $8-ish million pied-a-terre at a smoked glassy tower in New York’s Turtle Bay ‘hood, directly across the street from the northern end of the United Nations complex that sprawls out along the East River between East 42nd and East 48th Streets.

The selected apartment, far more likely to be used by officials and family members than the octogenarian queen herself, measures in at just over 3,000 square feet, according to online marketing material, which is probably quite a bit smaller than the royal loo at Buckingham Palace. An ample foyer with two coat closets opens to a combination living/dining room that stretches nearly 50 feet with a pair of deep, faceted bay windows that overlook the U.N. complex, while the adjacent kitchen is fitted, per floor plans, with a pill-shaped center island and black honed granite countertops on lacquered white cabinetry. There are two en suite guest bedrooms with remarkably puny closets plus a city-view master bedroom that includes two walk-in closets and a roomy, city-view bathroom decked out with white Macedonian marble, a teak vanity and a private cubicle for the toilet and bidet.

The 43-story building, with architecture and interiors by British Pritzker Prize winning architect Norman Foster, aka the Baron Foster of Thames Bank, offers its international contingent of well-heeled residents a gated entry and private motor-court; on-site valet parking — as if Queen E. II drives her own car; a generously staffed lobby with waterfall and fireplace; and an extensive fitness center with swimming pool, massage rooms and state-of-the-art gym. Climate controlled wine cellars and storage units are available for purchase.

Listing photos and floor plan: Zeckendorf Marketing (via Street Easy)

*We originally had “Her Royal Highness” here but, as two kind-hearted individuals let us know, we’re an idiot and the proper term for the Queen is Her Majesty. Clearly my knowledge of the name qualifiers attached to the various members of the royal family — or is it The Royal Family? — is strictly limited. And, apparently, it’s not all that rare for Her Majesty to drive her own Jaguar, Range Rover or Rolls Royce. Call us schooled.

UPDATE (07-08-15): Turns out — and not exactly surprisingly — the buyer of the condo in question isn’t the Queen of England but rather the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the government New Zealand who bought the swanky spread for the island nation’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Now makes so much more sense, doesn’t it?

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  1. Dave says:

    For goodness sake, a quick Wiki check would have saved you a lot of embarrassment here. There is no “queen of England” she is the “Queen of the United Kingdom” among about 100 other titles. I’m in Scotland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and which is next door to England. She’s not the Queen of Scotland, Queen of Wales, Queen of Northern Ireland etc etc. … She is just “The Queen”. And as it turns out your story is wrong in the first place!?!!!!!!

  2. FonHom says:

    People, don’t let your “facts” get in the way of a good story.
    New Zealand: same ocean as Australia.
    Australia: former UK prison colony.
    Queen of England: owned it.
    I’m with Mama😁

    • lil' gay boy says:

      Agreed — how many times has Mama told us, “…just gossip and rumors, children, gossip and rumors…“?

      • Chuck Raney says:

        It’s not as if the UN is a new thing and New Zealand doesn’t already HAVE staff apartments and a current pad for the current Ambassador.
        The more I think about it, the more I am right. This is extravagant for New Zealand. Ambassador or not. Did they discover endless diamonds there? or I guess hobbit-ville is changing everything.

      • Chuck Raney says:

        Of course all the info now, Ambassador etc. could just as easily be a smoke screen since they really won’t tell you IF the Queen purchased this or that. OR EVEN if she was in residence.
        AND SINCE
        The Queen is a “ruler” of New Zealand to this day, it would make sense to have New Zealand “set the facts straight”.
        I bet that the éminence grise of Her Majesty knows just the exact string to pull to get New Zealand to put out a press release about just anything.
        I mean come on guys, haven’t you seen any James Bond ? “”It’s not who pulls the strings Mr. Bond. It’s what string TO pull that counts”

        IMO that New Zealand thing is a red herring.

  3. Snaf says:

    Stellar reporting there – who needs to check little things like facts beforehand. Did you intern at Fox News perchance?

    • Whiteboyfunfark says:

      Her Majesty reigns over her subjects, not rules. It’s a technicality but a very important one guaranteeing specific rights and freedoms to all while limiting the powers held by the crown.

    • Goodbyenoway says:

      Sounds like the kind of reporting you get at MSNBC.

  4. Scott Milligan says:

    It’s not actually The Queen. The New Zealand Government purchased it for a UN Representative.

  5. Ben says:

    Dude, wrong country the apartment was purchased for the Australian Ambassidor to the UN. purchased by Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  6. Susan Parrella says:

    Are you a journalist? If so get your facts right. It is not Her Royal Highness, The Queen is Her Majesty. Also she does drive her own car. In fact, she drove the king of Saudi Arabia around her estate and scared the life out of him because she drives so fast.

  7. Goodbyenoway says:

    The Queen is HM, not HRH. Get your facts straight.

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