Soho loft from first ‘Real World’ season slashes price again

This Soho loft at 565 Broadway has two claims to fame: It’s owned by Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, and it was the setting of the first season of MTV’s “The Real World” in 1992.

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September 11, 2019

Artist Edwina Sandys has chopped the price of her Soho loft. It is now asking $6.8 million — down from its most recent asking price of $7.5 million.

Sandys is the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill and the first cousin of Sir Nicholas Soames, whom Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently expelled from Parliament for voting against him on Brexit.

Her New York residence is famous for other reasons, too. The loft served as “The Real World” home for the popular MTV reality show’s inaugural season in 1992.

The four-bedroom spread is 6,500 square feet and features a 1,500-square-foot mezzanine accessed by two staircases. There are six cast-iron Corinthian columns, 12-foot-tall windows and radiators from 1874 that still work.

The five-story building, at 565 Broadway, was designed in 1859 by John Kellum in a Palladian Palazzo style with a cast iron-and-marble facade.

While the original details abound, fans of “The Real World” won’t see a spiral staircase that once connected the main level to the mezzanine. Sandys and her late husband, architect Richard Kaplan, renovated the unit. The work took away that staircase and exposed the barrel-vaulted brick ceilings, which are 18 feet high. They bought the unit for $950,000 in 1995.

Sandys and Kaplan first put it on the market in 2013 for $10.95 million.

The listing broker is Gabrielle Frank, of Stephen P. Wald Real Estate Associates.

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