Russian Princess Kristina Kovalenko Puts NYC Condo Up for Sale (House of the Day)

Kristina Kovalenko's condo in New York

Kristina Kovalenko, princess of the tiny Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria (don't worry, it's not just you; we've never heard of it either), sure knows how to live like royalty in America. She's just put her posh New York City condo on the market, and it's worth every penny of the $8 million asking price.

Kristina Kovalenko, Michael NouriWell, Kovalenko hopes it is, anyway, because she bought the glam pad for only $4.2 million in 2009 -- so she'd be turning quite the profit, The New York Observer reported. The location doesn't hurt the inflated price: Kovalenko's "palace" is just a half-block from Central Park, a coveted locale that all New Yorkers would kill for.

Let's go inside, shall we? Though Kovalenko (pictured at left with actor Michael Nouri) bought the home as a four-bedroom condo, she transformed one of the bedrooms into a walk-in closet (collective sigh and hurling of jealousy-fueled insults). The gigantic, "dramatic" living room off a gallery entry foyer gets astounding view of Manhattan. The master bedroom has a gas fireplace and marble en suite bathroom. Juliet balconies adorn the outside of the home. There's a chef's kitchen, hardwood floors, barrel vaulted ceilings, and the home is steps away from NYC's famous Lincoln Center.

We can't talk about this anymore, it hurts us. Natalia Gavrilov of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has the listing.

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