The Center Moriches waterfront estate that once belonged to the late deposed Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, is on the market for $4.95 million.
Imelda Marcos, well known for her mammoth collection of shoes, is said to have stayed overnight only once at Lindenmere, preferring to entertain at the 38-room estate by day before returning to the condo she and her husband once owned in Manhattan.
Reports say that Ferdinand Marcos never visited the estate, which is on Moriches Bay and has views of Fire Island. They bought the property in 1981 and owned it until 1987, when the Philippine government took it over. The 8.2-acre spread has changed hands at least twice since then, say the sellers and agents and according to public records.
The main house has 14 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, four of which still contain the 24-karat gold faucets in the sinks and sunken tubs that the Marcoses added as part of a renovation. The master bathroom contains two sinks — one being a salon-style hair-washing sink with a dent for the neck. The chair that paired with the sink is stored in the basement.
“Of course, I checked out every single closet looking for shoes,” says Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin of the Enzo Morabito Team at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which is marketing the property.
For a broker open house Thursday, Martin and her colleagues at the real estate firm are holding a raffle with a $100 gift certificate from the Shoe Inn in Westhampton Beach in a nod to the former first lady’s penchant for footwear.
The Marcoses built the 1,200-square-foot pool house, which is made of marble and glass and contains a ceiling of wood imported from the Philippines and two large chandeliers of capiz shells. The space contains a kitchen, gas barbecue and a half-bath.
There is a tennis court, heated pool, a carriage house and about 425 feet of bulkheaded property on the water.
The shingled Hamptons-style house was built in the early 1900s as a wedding gift for the daughter of a wealthy family. It later became the Lindenmere Hotel, so named for its century-old linden trees. Over the years, the property has functioned as a bed-and-breakfast, photo shoot backdrop and site for weddings and other special events.