Prince Lorenzo Borghese, who once tried to find his true love on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” says he wants to move to Long Island. Borghese — a doggy spa mogul and animal advocate — received the real estate royal treatment as he searched the North Shore for a place to call his castle on last week’s season premiere of HGTV’s “Selling New York.”
Borghese, 39, who summered in Centre Island with his grandparents as a child, was looking for a weekend home with the same things most Long Islanders love about the place — proximity to New York City (where he has a midtown apartment) as well as to the water. He also wanted great views and lots of space for a dog to run, he says.
Borghese — who is still a bachelor, by the way, and whose title was bestowed on his ancestors by Pope Paul V— declined to specify his princely price range. “I said, ‘Price doesn’t matter. It’s all about walking in and feeling that it’s right,’” he says. Local luxury broker Shawn Elliott, who was featured in the episode, went to extravagant lengths to give the prince that feeling while showing three North Shore estates from some unconventional angles.
Elliott, president of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, procured a Rolls-Royce Phantom for the first showing — a 3.73-acre Centre Island estate now listed for $6.75 million