Lands End Manor, one of the few remaining Gatsby-era mansions on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York, is coming onto the market Friday for the first time in over four decades, Mansion Global has exclusively learned.
The price is “upon request,” but the value of the property is estimated to be north of $35 million, according to Dolly Lenz, founder of her eponymous brokerage firm, who is handling the listing.
The estate, steeped in rich history, is currently owned by the New York power couple Sherrell Aston and Muffie Potter Aston. Mr. Aston is one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, while his wife, Muffie, is a former executive of Van Cleef & Arpels and a prominent figure in society circles.
The couple had their 500-guest wedding reception in June 1997 on the lawns of the sprawling estate directly on the Long Island Sound, Mrs. Aston said.
“A full moon rose up while the legendary band leader Peter Duchin played with his orchestra all evening, evocative of the summer jazz age parties held there so long ago, which were once attended by F. Scott Fitzgerald,” she recalled.
Lands End Manor was built in 1926 by Walker and Gillette, one of the most prestigious architectural firms of the 20th century, for Harvey Dow Gibson and his wife, Helen Whitney. Gibson was a wealthy businessman who served as the President of Liberty National Bank, which is now Bankers Trust, as well as Manufacturers Trust, which eventually became Citibank. He was also a Commissioner for France for the American Red Cross during World War I and Commissioner for England during WWII.
The Gibsons entertained regularly and lavishly at Lands End Manor. Among their frequent visitors, and sometimes houseguests, were Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote about this rarified gilded-age lifestyle in his novel, The Great Gatsby.
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There was only one other family who lived on the property since 1929. The Astons began to assemble the 32-acre, private estate in mid-1980s.
“This property has special stories with a special provenance. One can either throw open the gates and invite the world in, or else shut the gates and remain totally quiet and private,” Mrs. Aston said.
The 13,000-square-foot main house has six en-suite bedrooms, a step-down living room with 15-foot ceilings and three sets of French doors leading out to the gardens and lawns. The dining room and library both feature wood panels and hand-carved fireplaces. There is a large attached two-bedroom staff apartment, with its own separate entrance as well as access into the main house.
Additionally, the estate includes a six-bedroom cottage, a five-stall stable with two caretaker cottages, a greenhouse, a pool with a Georgian-style pool house, and a gazebo. There are seven gardens designed by Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed NYC’s Central Park.
One of the fondest memories Mrs. Aston has is the sweet quiet “gazebo time,” she said. She would spend time swinging with her two daughters, and “reading them books on the antique garden seats, with the gentle Long Island Sound breezes down by the water,” she said.
As her twin girls grow older, they no longer use the property as often as they hope, and have decided it’s time for other families to enjoy it, Mrs. Aston said. They have a primary residence in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
“This property represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire one of the few remaining Gilded Age trophy waterfront estates on Long Island’s Gold Coast,” Ms. Lenz said. “The sheer size and privacy of the estate, along with its unrivaled amenities including the stables and equestrian facilities, make this the picture perfect compound.“
The estate is less than an hour from Midtown Manhattan and close to ocean beaches and the Hamptons, Ms. Lenz said.