A grand, Gatsby-esque Long Island mansion — a mashup of Las Vegas kitsch and West Egg elegance — is once again for sale.
Luxury home on 8 waterfront acres has been on and off the market for the past eight years the real deal, The asking price of $100 million dropped to $85 million – and then to $55 million. It’s now asking $45 million.
extensive property, on 26 Pond Road In affluent Great Neck, live a maximalist’s dream. It consists of three structures – the main house, the game house (which houses a pizza oven) and the guest house.
Together, they cover a massive 60,000 square feet, with 18 bedrooms and 28 bathrooms.
“The guest house is on almost an acre and has over 6,500 square feet that can be purchased separately,” said Ryan Serhant, current broker.
Furniture may be included – or not. “The fixtures and finishes are unique to this home and an offer can be negotiated,” Serhant said.
what else is there? Almost everything: a ballroom, a boat dock, a water park, koi ponds, a greenhouse, a wine cellar, a hair salon, a shooting range, a tennis court, and an indoor racquetball court.
The grounds — which are dotted with ponds, fountains and statues — include “rare specimen trees and plants that can only be found in international botanical gardens,” Serhant said.
But it’s inside that’s really jaw-dropping.
The bowling alley has a mosaic ceiling of stained glass, as do many other rooms—as do an indoor pool (one of seven plunge pools or hot tubs) and, most notably, a formal dining room whose ceiling pattern is blue. Shows flowers. In the kitchen, too, there’s a stained-glass ceiling that showcases floral patterns—but listing images also show powerful marble accents, like the one in the home gym that’s draped in it.
The garage includes a hydraulic lift. Driveway is hot. Property taxes exceed $600,000 per year.
A glass elevator leads to three of the five floors in the main house. Three floors are underground.
The waterfront parcel, in the village of Kings Point, faces southwest, with the New York City skyline — as well as a few bridges — within squinting distance.
The house, built in 1928, began as a more modest dwelling. About 20 years ago, around 1995, it was bought and expanded by a real estate investor. Tamir SapirA rags-to-riches immigrant from Tbilisi, Georgia.
Over the years, Sapir spent more than $100 million on improvements with materials sourced from around the world, said Rachel King of Serhunt, the current agent. The property is co-listed with We Are New York’s Stephanie Birkin and Robert Barr.
Sapir began his American life as a taxi driver, moved into retail electronics and made his fortune in real estate. In 2009, he was fined for violating the Endangered Species Act after rare-animal skins and ivory were found on his yacht. SecretWhich he called his main residence.
Sapir died in 2014 at the age of 67, survived by five children and six grandchildren. But his exuberant taste – with a penchant for nautical themes and seashell seating, the latter of which is also seen in many of the rooms – lives on.
“Sapir envisioned this house as a multi-generational family compound,” King said, with amenities to please all ages, from kids (a dollhouse) to grandparents (a fur-storage room). Together. Sapir’s designs were inspired by the Hôtel de Ville in Normandy and the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, he said.
King said some of the listing photos were virtually staged to tone down the florid interior, “so buyers can imagine what it would be like with a more neutral aesthetic.”
Despite the many high-end and exotic materials, the property was last sold in 2013 for less than $16 million, according to Nassau County records, which describe the property as, “luxurious residence and at least 5 acres of ancillary “Land” in the form of buildings.
The current owner is Helen Abiri, who made “necessary restorations” and uses the property “occasionally”. According to Mention Global,