Winston Churchill’s Artist Granddaughter Sells Soho Loft From “The Real World”

An iconic space is changing hands

1992 MTV Video Music Awards
Norman Korpi, Andre Comeau, Julie Oliver, Rebecca Blasband, Heather B., Eric Nies and Kevin Powell of The Real World New York Cast.
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In 1992, MTV aired the first season of The Real World, placing a number of complete strangers in a Soho loft, turning on the cameras, and making television history. A new series reuniting the original cast members recently debuted to much acclaim, but another part of the show’s history also has also made the news lately. That would be the 6,500 square foot Soho loft in which the season was shot — which recently found a buyer after several years on the market.

The seller is Edwina Sandys, an acclaimed artist who happens to be the granddaughter of Winston Churchill. She and her husband Richard Kaplan have owned it since 1995. According to an article at The Real Deal about the sale, they paid $950,000 for it at the time. The couple has been trying to sell the loft since 2013, when it was listed for $10.95 million. According to the article, it ended up selling for a significantly lower sum: $5.5 million.

There’s no word yet on who purchased the loft, or what they plan to do with the space. If the new owners need some ideas, though, there’s a whole season of television that might spark some inspiration.

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