Fashion mogul and reality TV star Julia Haart, who left her life of strict Orthodox Judaism to become the creative director of luxury lingerie brand La Perla, and estranged husband Silvio Scaglia, a Swiss-born media and telecom entrepreneur, have been battling over ownership homes and luxury cars, as well as control of the modeling, fashion and talent conglomerate Elite World Group. Star of the Netflix series “My Unorthodox Life,” Haart was fired from Elite and filed for divorce on the same day in February, triggering a War of the Roses over their lavish Tribeca penthouse, which has officially come to market amid bitter feuding at $65 million via Federica Floris and Deanna Kory at Corcoran.
Records indicate Scaglia bought the condo for $56 million via an LLC in 2018, the year before he and Heart married. The erstwhile couple had been planning their divorce for a year, Haart revealed on a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” and had agreed back in the autumn to sell the penthouse.
There’s just one issue. According to Scaglia’s lawyers, Haart is refusing to allow Corcoran to photograph the penthouse — an accusation that seems plausible, considering the listing includes just three photos of the place. Haart’s people say that the agreement to sell is null and void since Scaglia fired her, and as of this week she and her children remain ensconced in the apartment.
In the same Robert A.M. Stern-designed building where Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen maintain a pied-à-terre, and where Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton owns a bachelor pad, the apartment is pretty stonking. With more than 7,800 square feet of interior space, there are five bedrooms and five baths, plus three powder rooms, along with 3,700 square feet of terraces, one with a built-in grill another with an outdoor kitchen. Throughout are the kind of rooms that are only necessary to the 1% of the 1%: A 40-foot-long living room, a solarium with wet bar, an eat-in “entertaining kitchen,” not to be confused with the “chef’s kitchen,” a staff suite and on and on. There are also numerous walk-in closets, including several in the principal suite’s dressing room that are outfitted with motorized rotating racks of shoes and clothes, one for milady’s current season clothing and another for the off season.
River views are apparent from most rooms, and the unit is filled with light. The jewel of the residence’s trio of terraces is the wrap-around roof deck, which takes full advantage of the unit’s south- and west-facing views, and has its own private elevator, because of course it does.
And, naturally, the building offers the kind of rich-person amenities rich persons expect for their sky-high common charges, which in the case of the Haart/Scaglia penthouse run to more than $18,000 a month: an indoor pool, a state-of-the-art golf simulator, a squash court, a children’s playground, a private dining room, and a doggie day care on site.
Though there are buyers in this ultra-expensive price range, they are relatively few; there were just eight sales in Manhattan above $50 million last year. Plus, we’re thinking possible buyers need to be extra patient, not always a trait of the ultra-rich, because there’s no way this isn’t going to be a bumpy ride. Buckle up.