This Brookville property, which has been on and off the market since 2011 and is currently listed for $6.75 million, has a history of illustrious owners.
The brick Georgian Revival-style mansion was designed by architect William Truman Aldrich for his brother, Winthrop Williams Aldrich, a banker who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom in the 1950s. The home was subsequently owned by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, who served as president of the Belmont Park and Pimlico racetracks, Woolworth heir James Paul Donahue Jr. and real estate developer and philanthropist Percy Uris.
The nearly 16,000-square-foot mansion has been restored by the current owner and features 12 fireplaces, ceiling lamps from an English castle in the loggia, hand-painted wallpaper in the dining room, a working dumbwaiter and a secret staircase that leads from the master bedroom to the library, says listing agent Batul Morbi of Laffey Fine Homes.
The more than seven-acre property, once part of the larger 108-acre estate, has the only two Dutch elm trees on Long Island outside of the Planting Fields Arboretum, says Morbi, as well as a par-3 golf hole and a gunite pool.