Who puts a nightclub in his house? Peter Petrakis for one. And last night, the 38-year-old commercial developer opened the Old Brookville home to show it off to anyone in the market to buy a house who has $2.999 million to spare and wants to party all the time. (See video here.)
LEDs in green, blue, purple, red and yellow lit up the columned exterior for the occasion, a worthy welcome for the Realtors being bused from the nearby C.W. Post campus for the so-called "Studio 54 Open House." But it was the disco inside -- in what used to be the living room of the five-bedroom, three-bathroom, three-half-bath home -- that really got the party going.
Petrakis' broker, Shawn Elliott, says his client plunked $1 million into the space. There's a 24-foot, underlit onyx bar, LED strobe lights, a fog machine, a DJ booth, a wine cellar, a lounge, a movie theater, dancing poles and, for those really discriminating buyers, a custom-built wrought iron dancing cage with candles and crystals.
In a dramatic moment, dancers and drinkers stepped aside as the cage came down from the ceiling to scoop up a provocatively dressed model. After the minutes-long ride back up, she swiveled the night away, competing for attention the rest of the time with a DJ working the dance floor.
"Instead of going to the party, I always wanted to bring the party back home," said Petrakis, on why he built it. His inspiration? "It was a little bit of a lot of places I've been to," he added.
So what kind of buyer wants to walk in the door and see a nightclub smack in the middle of the house? One Realtor had a theory on the shuttle back to her car.
"Too bad the Jets moved ... or LeBron isn't here."