[Update: Bristol Plaza rejects Strauss-Kahn as a tenant. He’s now headed to Lower Manhattan] Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief who was granted bail last night after being charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid, will be under house arrest at the Upper East Side’s Bristol Plaza as he awaits trial, multiple news outlets are reporting.
The Milstein Properties luxe corporate rental building, which specializes in long-term stays and is attached to a sister condominium, offers apartments ranging from $8,800 per month for a studio to as much as $14,200 per month for a two-bedroom, as well as a 24-hour concierge, daily maid service and a swimming pool. (The building, whose tagline is “Better Than A Hotel,” also offers to make arrangements for theater tickets and limousines, though Strauss-Kahn best not take advantage of that: he’ll be subject to 24-hour monitoring by a security guard, video cameras and alarms and an electronic ankle bracelet, per the terms of his bail.)
Strauss-Kahn’s wife, Anne Sinclair, was reported to have rented the apartment at 210 East 65th Street on the couple’s behalf. Her husband, who had been widely considered one of the leading contenders to challenge French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the country’s top political post next year, is slated to be released today from Rikers Island on $1 million bail, and had to pony up an additional $5 million insurance bond. He is facing up to 25 years in prison.
In Bristol Plaza’s condo portion, apartments currently on the market range in price from $1.25 million to $13 million, according to Streeteasy.com. That building is no stranger to controversy, either. As The Real Deal reported last year, Eric Hadar, the real estate investor who recently completed a stint in rehab after an arrest on drug possession charges, has been trying to sell his 49th-floor pad there for $26.26 million. The apartment was pulled from the market at the end of March. [ABC], [MNBC], [Daily Mail]