Recently engaged,Â Mary-Kate Olsen andÂ French-born banker Olivier Sarkozy are readily to settle down together and have just scooped up a historic five-bedroom townhouse inÂ midtown east Manhattan neighborhood Turtle Bay for a cool $16.5 million. Featuring a portico, a loggia, a private garden (with a fountain after the Medici fountain in Rome), a hall of mirrors, a double-height grand ballroom, a rooftop exercise pool, a built-in garage, an artist's studio, and an elevator, the house is fit for royalty -- or at leastÂ Full House
star/fashion icon and the younger half-brother ofÂ France's former president.
The illustriousÂ Turtle Bay Gardens enclave was developed in the early 20th century by American heiress Charlotte Martin, who, inspired by Europe's private gardens, created a 12-foot-wide shared garden promenade behind 20 back-to-back townhouses on 48th and 49 streets. In addition to herself, some of Turtle Bay's famed residents have included Katherine Hepburn, Bob Dylan, and Stephen Sondheim -- we're sure Olsen and Sarkozy will feel right at home. Tour the rest of the house below!
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Photographs: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman