This nine-bedroom, nine-bath, four-half-bath Matinecock mansion, formerly known as Killibeg, is listed for $3.7 million. At one time, the Locust Valley School District leased Killibeg, at which point Killibeg became the temporary site of the Locust Valley Elementary School. Alterations were made to the home to comply with fire protection requirements.
Killibeg remained the site of the school until the late 1960s, when Robert Bernstein purchased the home with the intention of starting up the Piping Rock Country Day School, a school for underprivileged children, says seller Joyce Pauporte. “The neighbors opposed this plan, so the school never opened,” she says.
When the Pauportes purchased the house, they had to reopen the fireplaces, all of which had been closed because of school and fire code regulations and remove exit signs, fire extinguishers, fire escapes, fire doors and neon lights.
“We kept some of the furniture from the school when we bought the house. The kids thought it was cool living in a place that was once a school,” Pauporte says.
The listing is with Susan Lutftig of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.
Clarification: A previous version of this post erroneously mentioned a Theodore Roosevelt connection to the home.