In July it was claimed Joan Rivers’ Upper East Side apartment in New York City had sold to ‘Middle Eastern royalty’ for $28 million.
The 65-year-old prince has been remodeling the property – a 5,100-square-foot, four-bedroom penthouse – since the purchase, and neighbors are ‘shocked,’ according to an insider.Ever since Prince Fahd bought the home nearly two months ago, he has had designers and contractors in and out of the place,’ a source tells DailyMail.com.
‘He is ripping it to shreds. Everyone is surprised because the place had a certain French look, it was very specific, and one would think the buyer would be into that. And now he doesn’t want that.’
The property, which is only a half block from Central Park and walking distance to The Plaza, will look completely different from the way Rivers had it, said the insider.
Joan, who passed away in September 4, 2014 from a surgery gone wrong, decorated her home in an orate fashion.
There were crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces and gilded walls.
‘Joan sure did love her condo, it was her palace and she felt like the queen there. So it’s pretty surreal that a real-life king is moving in now,’ said the source.
‘The Queen Of Comedy left and the Prince Of The Desert moved in. It’s a lot for the neighbors to take in because there is usually not a lot of movement in that building.’
A new look isn’t the only thing Prince Fahd wants.
‘He has asked if a private elevator can be installed,’ said the source.
‘There is already an elevator in the building. But he would like an elevator added. This is an unusual request. It is not known if it will be done yet.’
It also appears that Muhammad won’t be living there.
‘He has said that the property is for his sons when they are in town, and for their families,’ said the source
‘No one will be living in the property full time,’ it was added.
The insider also relayed that Prince Fahd predicted the unit will be occupied only about ‘three to four’ months out of the year. ‘And it may even be less than that. It may only be two months,’ the source said.
Security is also an issue for the royal. The building has a full-time doorman.
‘Muhammad wants security at the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week,’ said the source.
‘It is of very high importance. A must. But that is really not uncommon for billionaires. Security is always an issue with billionaires. Especially if a billionaire has a royal link.
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