5 Longwood Rd - Sands Point, New York
Sands Point. As though plucked from a boulevard in Fontainebleau, France, this magnificent, French-Empire Chateau is the embodiment of historic continental opulence and flair reimagined for the Twenty-First Century. Radiant-heated floors throughout (mostly imported marble), intricate custom plaster moldings, imported mahogany windows, seven hand-carved imported marble fireplaces, exquisite iron-and-brass filigree balustrades, a resort-like year-round entertainment complex with salt water pool, home theatre, and so much more, combine with the latest in Smart-House and Lutron technology to create the ultimate in comfort and style. From its electronic gated entry, through its spacious interior with spectacular grand entry hall, ballroom-sized living room, immense, brand-new, highest-end kitchen, and lavish master suite, to its spectacular rear property with salt water pool and spa, mosaic-tile underwater art, and huge two-level surround, every inch of this masterpiece reflects the finest in European artisanry and materials. Offering six luxurious bedrooms, all with walk-in closets and bathrooms that are works of art, this entertainer’s paradise includes nine stunning half-baths. All display a variety of precious materials including onyx, custom mosaic murals, marble, and reverse-painted glass murals. Its many comforts and conveniences include both radiant heat plus forced-air heat and central air-conditioning, both gas and wood-burning capability in the fireplaces, motorized lifts for all the many chandeliers, music system, and incredible basement with marble floors, huge entertainment spaces, cabana baths, kitchen, dining room and everything else one could possibly want for enjoyment and partying. As part of the Sands Point community, this incredible property shares a rich heritage made famous by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, where the giants in industry and finance have built their mansions and estates for well over a century. Its gentle rolling and verdant hillsides, surrounded on three sides by the glistening waters of Long Island Sound, are dotted with some of the most beautiful homes in the world. With golf courses, country clubs, yacht clubs and charming village shopping nearby, the area is approximately a half-hour commute to Manhattan by train. Available to residents is the opportunity of membership in the Sands Point Village Club, originally the Guggenheim Mansion, which includes golf, pool, tennis, private beach, and estate dining. Enter through filigree-iron and glass entrance doors to be enthralled by the 28-foot-high-domed entrance foyer with polished white crema marfil inlaid marble floors, exquisite plaster moldings, and an imposing floating, marble, grand staircase with graceful, curved, imported filigree balustrade ascending to a circular floating balcony. To the left, a sun-lit gallery leads past an inviting study with marble fireplace and built-in mahogany bookcases, to the breathtaking, ballroom-sized living room with a 30-foot-high boiserie-adorned tray ceiling, crema marfil marble floors, and a tremendous, imported, hand-carved, Spanish travertine, ceiling-high, fireplace that took three months to assemble. One can imagine the room filled with dancing and couples taking a breath of fresh air from front and rear terraces entered through walls of towering French doors amidst Emperador marble pilasters. To the right of the foyer, a second gallery leads past the coat room; and remarkable sparkling powder room, featuring a gorgeous mosaic tile mural above a white-onyx twin vanity flanked by two water closets; to the grand and gracious formal dining room. This magnificent banquet space boasts book-matched marble floors, custom carved travertine fireplace with clock, exquisite plaster moldings, fielded-panel dado, back-lit double-tray ceiling, and butler’s pantry access. Entered from the foyer and the butler’s pantry, the 40-feet-by-33-feet spectacular brand-new gourmet kitchen offers three distinct areas. Tucked in a corner near the foyer, an area with curved wall, custom cabinetry, Miele coffee maker, wine cooler and wall-mounted television provide a perfect spot to rest from preparing meals in the huge adjoining work area. Here, quartzite-topped custom white cabinetry enfolds a large Wolf 6-burner gas range with griddle, double-oven, and pot filler, two SubZero refrigerator/freezers, and two Miele dishwashers. A magnificent L-shaped center island with stunning semi-precious stone, waterfall countertop, with microwave and warming drawer, is backed by a custom banquette facing the spacious and sunny breakfast sunroom alcove. A wide doorway opens to the warm and inviting den featuring mahogany windows, built-in cabinetry flanking a carved white marble fireplace, and a French door, with arched side and transom lights, opening to the pool area. Crema marfil marble floors flow throughout the kitchen area, and wood-like ceramic-tile floors in the den are radiant heated. A service area includes a mudroom with sink, storage room, powder room, and access to the back stairs, side porch, service courtyard, and attached 4-car tandem garage with ability for additional lifts. The bright and airy second floor includes a bedroom on one side of the foyer balcony and a windowed gallery with balcony off the other side. This accesses a junior master suite, a master-study/guest suite with a mahogany four-season custom-fitted dressing room illuminated by windows, and two additional bedroom suites – all with gorgeous baths and walk-in closets. In its own wing, the palatial master suite is a magnificent and serene retreat rivaling the finest hotels in the world. Its expansive bedroom offers a high, coffered tray ceiling adorned with superb floral plaster moldings, French doors to a private balcony, and custom etched-glass double doors opening to a huge custom-fitted, four-season dressing room that also opens to the balcony, and to the fabulous marble master bath. This masterpiece of design and function includes his and her two-piece water closets, two large custom vanities, and two frameless-glass-enclosed showers (with travertine seats and multiple shower heads), flanking a magnificent semi-circular bay window above a roho-alconte-marble-encased whirlpool tub. This regal retreat is enhanced by a towering dome ceiling, encircled by delicate plaster moldings and bulls-eye windows, plus radiant-heated rosa-aurora-marble floors on their own rheostat and custom back-painted floral designs in showers and water closets. The destination of the foyer’s floating grand staircase is the exhilarating finished lower level with its 12-foot ceilings adorned with rose crown molding and its striking imported Arabian, sky, book-matched, radiant-heated, marble floors. Its own foyer/lounge greets guests with a long mahogany bar backed by a gorgeous custom back-painted-glass mural. Designed for grand entertaining, no matter the season or size of the party, this spacious level includes a huge, mahogany-paneled home theatre boasting sixteen custom-made, posh theatre chairs, a hand-carved marble fireplace, electronically controlled curtains, and a powder room. The high-end Runco system projector is included. Also, on this level are a sauna, two full cabana baths, a gym, massage room, a full kitchen, dining room, bedroom suite, and a 700-bottle wine cellar with marble-mosaic floor and fabric-laminated glass walls. A masterpiece of artistry and craftmanship, this incredible chateau, with its resort-style property and spectacular interior, offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the very best. Come experience the grandeur, serenity, and luxury of Sands Point living in one of its most breathtaking settings.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman