A jaw-dropping estate on a private island off the North Shore of Long Island, which also includes five other homes and stables, is for sale. The asking price is $125 million.
Here's what the Sotheby's International Realty listing says:
Salutation is an exquisite 85+ acre island on the North Shore of Long Island. To acquire an entire island of this magnitude and beauty is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The fact that it lies less than 1 hour from New York City by car, and less than 30 minutes by air or sea makes it remarkable. The Manor House is an example of the extraordinary craftsmanship and resources available to the creators of the fabled Gold Coast estates. There are 5 additional major residences on the island plus an 8 stall stable, paddocks and groomsman’s cottage.
The land was granted by King George I and purchased by Peter Caverly in 1721 for two hundred pounds. Approximately 46+ acres are comprised of land, roads and a beautiful sandy beach. 10+ adjacent acres were granted with “underwater” rights, valuable for fishing, clamming and boating. The tranquil 28+ acre pond, which flows into the Long Island Sound, is home to oyster beds and many varieties of wildlife. The fortified 700 foot sea wall, a 250 foot dock that accommodates yachts and seaplanes, and 2 helicopter spots complete this phenomenal property.
Salutation offers spectacular and unparalleled views over the Long Island Sound to the Manhattan skyline, Connecticut and Westchester.
The 27,000-square foot Manor House was built by Junius Spencer Morgan III, the grandson of J.P. Morgan, 100 years ago. Bloomberg reports, "Little about the house has changed since it was built: The dining room reportedly still seats 100, there’s an 80 foot-long slate and marble floored hallway, and the so-called ladies parlor is paneled in mahogany. Upstairs are nine bedrooms, including a master suite which itself has two bedrooms (each replete with fireplace and bathroom), and sitting room. Two guest rooms are on the third floor, bringing the house’s total bedrooms to 11. (This doesn’t include servants’ quarters.)"
Plus there are grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park, Prospect Park and Riverside Park, not to mention a pool and pool house. Then there are the five other properties on the island; Sotheby's broker Bonnie Devendorf explained to Bloomberg that by the 1940s, Morgan allowed "various owners and friends to build their own residences on the island."
The estate was also featured in the 1995 remake of Sabrina
Devendorf said, "In my career, I’ve sold many of these [Long Island] manor houses. But for $125 million, you’re not just buying the house, you’re buying the island—and that’s what makes this a one-of-a-kind listing."