The townhouse that US President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy often visited when it was owned by her younger sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, is on the market for 8.75 million pounds ($ 11.57 million).
The Georgian brick residence behind Buckingham Palace was recently built by Dexter’s Westminster. This is the first time it has been offered since May 2012, when it was sold for £ 6.325 million (US $ 8.36 million), according to records on listing site Zoopla.
“It’s not only magnificent and historic, but conveniently located close to the green spaces of St. James’s and Green Park,” said Harry Laflin, head of Dexter’s Westminster. “At the door of Mayfair and close to Victoria, it would be a glamorous family home.”
When it was owned by Radziwill in the 1960s and early 1970s, the house actually led a glamorous life.
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At the time, she was married to her second husband, Stanislas Radziwill, a Polish prince who subsisted as a real estate investor.
They commissioned Italian decorator and set designer Renzo Mongiardino to style the house in an “Ottoman-meets-Moghul atmosphere”, according to a 2013 story in Architectural Digest, which noted that the home was featured in Vogue in 1966.
The double, five-storey, 5,613-square-foot residence, which has been recently renovated, has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and three reception rooms. These days, the sleek modern and minimalist interior is far from the ornate and eclectic furniture and layered patterns that filled the home during Radziwill’s time there.
Other features include a secluded patio garden, a private patio and a covered roof terrace that enters via a skylight-like glass panel.
During his heyday, Radziwill made almost as many headlines as his sister, Jackie. Socialite, PR manager and interior designer for the wealthy, Radziwill also had a short but unsuccessful career as an actress.
She was often seen and photographed with celebrities, including The Rolling Stones during their 1972 North American tour and with “In Cold Blood” author Truman Capote. She also hung out with Andy Warhol, who in 1972 made a Polaroid portrait of her.
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In 1958, Radziwill divorced her first husband, Michael Temple Canfield, who was her childhood sweetheart and alleged son of the Duke of Kent.
The next year, she married Radziwill, and they moved into the London townhouse. They divorced in 1974 after having two children, and in 1988 she married American film director and choreographer Herbert Ross, who died shortly after their divorce in 2001.
Radziwill, who also had homes in Paris and Manhattan, died in 2019 in his New York apartment. She was 85.
Mansion Global could not establish the identity of the seller; and a representative of Dexter’s Westminster said the seller declined to comment.