An estate fit for American royalty — or more precisely, an heiress to the Rockefeller family fortune — has just hit the market for $ 30 million.
Once the home of oil industry magnate John D. Rockefeller’s granddaughter Abby, the luxurious Tudor-style estate is hidden from prying eyes by a half-mile-long garden drive on Long Island’s Gold Coast.
The entire estate emanates old-world, old-money style — the 56-acre grounds include a 10,000-square-foot manor house, a pool, tennis courts and expansive garden walkways hidden by wrought-iron gates. The guest cottage alone has three separate bedrooms.
In 1978, current owner William J. Catacosinos bought the property from Abby Rockefeller Mauzé’s estate. After a lifetime of sponsoring New York’s public and garden projects, Mauzé had passed away two years earlier.
Traces of Mauzé’s love of nature are found everywhere on the estate, which is surrounded by lush green walkways and landscaped gardens.
Co-listed by agents from Daniel Gale Sotheby’s and Douglas Elliman, the property will stay on the market until the right deep-pocketed buyer comes along. Over the nearly four decades that they owned the estate, Catacosinos and his wife updated it with air conditioning and a more modern décor.