NYC townhouse of exiled Iranian princess lists for $36M


The former Manhattan home of the late Iranian princess Ashraf Pahlavi has listed for $36 million, The Post has learned.

Located at 29 Beekman Place, that price is far above the $11.5 million paid for the nearly 13,000-square-foot residence when sold to a shell corporation in 2020.

Long before Pahlavi lived there, William Paley, the founder of CBS, was the home’s first owner.

Built in 1910, the townhouse is made up of six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. At the time it was built, it was considered the largest and most grand on the block.

Pahlavi passed away in Monaco at the age of 96.

The home has a checkered past. The family of Pahlavi faced mounting legal battles following her death in 2016. A former employee, Azadeh Azari, received a $2.7 million judgment against the corporation that had owned the townhouse to cover her pension. In 2019, the home was also put into bankruptcy court when it received a $10.3 million offer that later fell through.

Pahlavi was the twin sister of last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and sought several places of refuge in 1979 amid the Iranian Revolution when she was exiled.

29 Beekman is on sale for $36 million. Robert Miller

Among them were dwellings in Paris and Monte Carlo, but according to the listing, she found none as unique as her Midtown East pad, which she bought in 1980 after fleeing her home country.

Pegged as a “palace,” the townhouse holds 1,500 square feet of outdoor space.

With views of the East River, features also include a 32-foot-long commercial grade chef’s kitchen, two open living spaces with high ceilings and a solarium off the family room.

Comprising eight floors plus a basement, features include eight woodburning fireplaces throughout the home, an interior elevator, a wine cellar, and six master suites with five additional rooms.

The property has eight floors plus a basement. Robert Miller
The Princess is shown at her apartment during a 1980 interview. Bettmann Archive

Open and expansive eastern and western exposures give way to awe-inspiring full-on East River Views and allow for natural sunlight to pour in throughout the day.

Close to the United Nations, the home has been described as “an ideal Consulate/Diplomat Residence,” according to the listing.

Paula Del Nunzio with Brown Harris Stevens holds the listing.

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