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Celebs expected at Upper Brookville open house

Upper Brookville, NY - Mar 22, 2007: The

Upper Brookville, NY - Mar 22, 2007: The exterior of a luxurious home located at 34 Chestnut Hill Drive is seen following an auctioning of the home that took place place within. The winning bid was placed by Frederick Rudd. (photo by James A. Escher) nc Photo Credit: FREELANCE/Photo by James A. Escher

A Mediterranean-style mansion that’s on the market for $12 million in Upper Brookville is to be the setting Wednesday for a party launching the second issue of the quarterly magazine Shawn Elliott Luxury.

Shawn Elliott, who owns Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates in Woodbury, is behind the open-house party, which will run from 7 to 11 p.m. The home – the Villa at Chestnut Hill, at 34 Chestnut Hill Road – is among his company’s multimillion-dollar listings. An episode of "Gossip Girl" was filmed there, as was an AT&T commercial starring rapper Ludacris.

The so-called chop-shop king Michael Pescatore used to own the property. It was seized and later sold at auction.

So who are the 300 guests he expects?

“They are people from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Smith Barney, UBS, HSBC Bank. These are Fortune 500 executives who … received their February bonuses,” Elliott explained. “We have very strong relationships with these Fortune 500 companies, and that’s how we were able to invite them.”

“It’s also the Who’s Who of the North Shore Gold Coast,” Elliott said. “Customers who are currently looking in that $5- to $15-million range that are in our database.”

“There will be some celebrities there also,” Elliott added. “Can’t mention names.”

Does a party like this work for selling a house?

“Actually four years ago I did a party very similar to this in a place called Tall Oaks in Laurel Hollow,” Elliott said, “and we actually sold that house that evening to a 26-year-old bond trader for over $4 million. So this is a very similar event.”

Elliott says his magazine is “68 pages filled with glossy photos and elegant prose about life well-lived on the North Shore, from Guilty Pleasures to over-the-top garages and high end builders.” Its press run of 25,000 is being mailed out.


Photo by James A. Escher

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