11 Evans Dr - Brookville, New York
Brookville. Oh, if walls could talk, what we could learn from this magnificent, fully restored 1925 Georgian manor. And what its previous celebrated owners would say if they could see it now, more glorious than ever! Surrounded by over seven acres of the best part of its one-time Golden Age 106-acre estate, Tamburlaine Gate stands regally - the crown jewel of Broadhollow Estates. This collection of smaller luxury estates is carved from the original acreage. With gated entrance, circular drive, gorgeous, arboretum-like grounds, par-three golf hole, oversized heated pool, pool house, and opulent, extremely comfortable, twenty-nine-room mansion, this exceptional estate offers the opportunity of a lifetime. With Long Island’s recent rebirth of the “Golden Age,” many builders are creating their versions of Gold Coast mansions, but all fall short of this “Great Gatsby Era” gem that combines a fascinating history, architectural perfection, sumptuousness, and a warm and inviting ambiance that both enthralls and enfolds you with a sense of ease and wellbeing. LOCATION: Located on a gentle hilltop in the heart of Brookville, one of the wealthiest communities in the country, Tamburlaine Gate is surrounded by beautiful estates on gentle, rolling and wooded hillsides. Yet, it is convenient to delightful shops and restaurants, universities, many golf courses, equestrian facilities, beaches, boating, museums, and more. About three miles from major arteries, it is approximately twenty-seven miles from Manhattan. HISTORY: Brookville and its neighbor, Old Westbury, for over a century, have been popular with movers and shakers to build their grand estates and socialize with each other. A history of this “Great Gatsby” Era home, is like reading a roster of some of those elite families. Let’s begin with the manor’s noted architect, William T. Aldrich, who designed it for his brother, Winthrop Williams Aldrich, chairman of Manhattan Chase Bank and ambassador to the Court of St. James, under Eisenhower. The brothers had a father, Nelson W. Aldrich, who was a U.S. senator for thirty years, and a brother-in-law, for decades considered the richest man in the world, John D. Rockefeller. In 1950, the estate was sold to Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, great, great, great grandson of Cornelius Vanderbuilt, who founded the family fortune. His father died a hero when he gave his life jacket to a lady on the Lusitania that sank in World War I. In 1956, grandson of F. W. Woolworth, James Paul (Jimmy) Woolworth Donahue, Jr., bought the Broadhollow estate. A socialite known for having fun and overindulging, he led a riotous life, entertaining frequently at his grand home. The estate is mentioned in his biography, DANCING WITH THE DEVIL, by Christopher Wilson. After his death, the estate then was purchased by Percy Uris, who, with his brother was known for building skyscrapers, which transformed the New York skyline. Their philanthropies were legendary, donating millions to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, some Ivy League colleges, and more. After Uris died, the next owner of the estate was Louis Evangelista, a real estate investor and builder, who transformed it into Broadhollow Estates. PROPERTY: Lending itself to entertaining year-round, Tamburlaine Gate offers a wide circular drive and generous parking area for guests. The property invites exploration beginning with a broad stone terrace overlooking the expansive par-three golf hole, complete with sand trap. A stone wall invites you through an archway, past a koi pond, into a shady grove guarded by fearsome stone oriental warriors. Steps lead down to a grassy allée passing through an English perennial garden. At the end, a secluded 61’x 30’ inground, heated pool offers a cooling respite. A Palladian-style pool house provides his-and-hers dressing rooms, showers, and baths flanking a party room. RESIDENCE: The exquisite architectural and interior-design elements exhibited in this resplendent three-story residence are so numerous they could fill a book and cannot all be mentioned here. From the slate roof and coined brick exterior to the gorgeous moldings, huge floor-to-ceiling windows, teak and oak floors, abundance of secret passages, eleven distinctive fireplaces, elaborate moldings, and remarkable artisan-created wall and window coverings, every detail enhances this timeless masterpiece. Offering both immense and intimate entertainment spaces, it is perfect for entertaining any number of guests or for just relaxing alone with a good book. The home offers three floors of living space plus a full basement. The main floor boasts a grand entrance hall with cloak and powder rooms, a second foyer with impressive staircase, a ballroom-size living room, and banquet-sized dining room – all with elegant fireplaces and gorgeous windows. But it also offers an intimate parlor with stunning French wall covering and wet bar, a cozy family room with fireplace and built-in arched cabinetry, and a fabulous black-walnut library complete with billiard table, bookcases, fireplace, and secret stairs to the master suite. Creating a summer-like space, no matter the season, a delightful spot for conversation, cards, or even lunch, this roomy solarium was originally a loggia open to the weather. Now enclosed, it still can offer summer breezes through three sets of Palladian double-doors opening to the rear terrace and lawn. The second floor provides many beautifully appointed bedrooms. In the main section, five have fireplaces and access to baths en suite. Four spacious bedrooms and two baths are in the east wing along with storage rooms and dumb waiter, and a palatial master suite is in the west wing. This features a spacious master bedroom with fireplace, custom walk-in closet, a sitting room, with fireplace, and a luxury marble master bath with twin vanity, whirlpool tub, and large glass-enclosed shower. The walk-up third floor includes a staff-quarters wing with five bedrooms, three baths, and two cedar closets, plus an immense multi-purpose space comprised of a home theater area, recreation room, steam/sauna room, study, kitchenette, full bath, and gym. ENTRANCE HALL Intricate inlaid-oak floors, faux marble fielded paneling, trompe l’oiel archway, and grand fireplace welcome guests as they arrive to this special home. SOLARIUM To the rear of the entrance hall, this sun-drenched space, with bluestone floors, painted brick walls, dome vaulted ceiling, provides a delightful spot for year-round entertaining. LIVING ROOM As you stand in this, elegant and serene space, with its stunning fireplace and huge rear window with window seat, you can almost imagine servants long ago rolling up the Persian rugs to prepare for a grand ball or cotillion. WEST WING HALL Leading to the west wing with dining room and kitchen, this sparkling hall with dome-vaulted ceiling accesses the family room, parlor, and service stairs. LIBRARY What could be better than to enjoy a nightcap and practice your pocket billiards before retiring up your hidden staircase to your master suite? This black-walnut paneled getaway with fireplace, tall windows, and custom bookcases, is the ultimate man cave. DINING ROOM A dining experience to remember, this regal banquet-sized room, entered under an elaborate arch with the Vanderbilt family dolphin crest, flanked by shell built-in china cabinets, features a Gracie hand-painted Chinoiserie mural that wraps around the room along with gilded acanthus-leaf crown molding and four sets of French doors with transom lights. FAMILY ROOM Originally called the reception room, this warm and inviting space enjoys a Greek Revival fireplace flanked by arched pilasters and built-in bookcases. Can you find the secret doors? MASTER SUITE Spacious and serene, the master suite has two fireplaces, walk-in closet, a spacious bedroom, marble master bath, sitting room/second bedroom, and hidden stairs to the library.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman