272 Harbor Acres Rd - Sands Point, New York
SANDS POINT. Standing stalwartly upon a wooded bluff overlooking Long Island Sound, this magnificent 10-bedroom, 10-bath mansion reminds one of a European Castle overlooking a private beach and seas beyond. Its recessed courses of bricks framing windows, doors and corners infer walls thick and strong enough to stand firm for a millennium. In contrast, the interior creates a sense of open and airy palatial opulence with inlaid marble floors, soaring ceilings, access to several spacious balconies, and a myriad of picture windows flooding nearly every room with sparkling water views. Offering a sense of serenity and seclusion, this “Diamond Estate,” stands at the end of a long cul-de-sac road in the scenic community of Harbor Acres and is just steps away down the hillside to the community’s cabana, boat house and deep-water dock. Located on the northern shores of Sands Point, made famous in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” this special retreat is convenient to golf, boating, swimming, and nearby Port Washington’s delightful shops, restaurants, and train station putting it within just over a half-hour commute to Manhattan. Not much farther away is premier shopping in Manhasset including its famed Americana outdoor mall. Ensconced on over two majestic acres with mature trees and shrubs, the home is encircled on three sides by a wide driveway. To its north, a huge parking courtyard is ideal for guest parking. Here, the design of a soaring, arched, two-story entrance is echoed in an arched niche in the adjoining façade and another formed in a huge, seemingly ancient, stone retaining wall on the opposite side of the courtyard. On the water side of this amazing three-story home, the lower level opens through a long, arched colonnade to an inground Gunite pool and huge patio, both with spectacular water vistas. Guests are welcomed into the main level where a two-story foyer is flooded with sunlight through a large arched window above the entrance and a two-story wall of windows overlooking the water. A graceful floating staircase carries the eye upward to a serpentine second floor balcony balustrade. Gorgeous inlaid marble floors flow into a banquet-sized formal dining room enjoying sunny water views. The adjoining eat-in-kitchen offers ample, sleek white cabinetry with matching counters and appliances, granite floors, an atrium door to the courtyard, and a triple window above the sink. Off the foyer, a sundrenched room is presently used as an informal dining room featuring 3 walls of windows offering over 200-degree views of the Sound. A door opens to a concourse above the colonnade that extends a across the rear of the house to a similar door in the living room. An immense, ballroom sized reception hall with built-in wet bar enjoys water views through windows looking across the concourse. The formal living room enjoys 3 exposures with awesome water views while a large fireplace offers a warm and inviting focal point for cooler evenings. On the second floor, two fabulous balconies overlooking the pool and water are accessed, one from the upstairs foyer and den, and the other from the palatial master suite that offers a lavish marble bath and bedroom that enjoys spectacular sunrises through many picture windows. Nine additional bedrooms are all spacious and serene, most offering baths en suite are located on both the second floor and full, finished lower level that opens to the pool. A three-car garage, central air-conditioning. Intercom add to the home’s appeal. This timeless palatial residence has all you could desire in space, location and astounding water views plus 225 feet of sandy beach and access to a deep-water dock and boat house. With a neutral palette and amazing floor plan, it only awaits your designer choices to become the home of your dreams… and only a short commute to Manhattan.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman