Lower than 25 miles from Manhattan and close to the Lengthy Island Expressway, fieldstone partitions edge the doorway of a 108-acre property. A relic of a bygone period, it’s among the many final king-size Gold Coast estates on Lengthy Island’s North Shore.
“‘Groton Place’ is a vanishing breed,” mentioned Meredyth Hull Smith, an affiliate dealer with Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty in Manhattan, who shares the itemizing with Christina Porter and Lois Kirschenbaum of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty on Lengthy Island.
The house owners, Luis and Julie Rinaldini, wished numerous land for his or her horses when, 23 years in the past, they bought the Previous Westbury property, saving the expansive property from impending growth. Immediately they positioned the property, which has 10 fireplaces, seven bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths, plus employees quarters, in the marketplace for $29.9 million.
“They wish to promote the property to a single proprietor who might benefit from the property the best way that they had,” Ms. Smith mentioned.
Involved about preserving open house, Mr. Rinaldini, an architect turned funding banker, co-founded the North Shore Land Alliance, a land conservancy, from his lounge in 2002. A brand new proprietor would inherit an accredited subdivision plan for eight homes — none of which might be seen to the others — with the primary home remaining on 17 acres. “We had a unbelievable time right here for 23 years” mentioned Mr. Rinaldini, 67. “We’re older. it’s time to consider simplifying some issues.”
The driveway, greater than half a mile lengthy, winds previous a 1751 farmhouse, an early 1900s dairy barn, rolling lawns, woods, perennial gardens, a youngsters’s playhouse and a steady almost as grand as the primary 12,000-square-foot Georgian-style whitewashed brick mansion home on the prime of a hill.
“It’s an amazing Covid escape hatch,” Ms. Smith mentioned.
Designed by the architect Henry Renwick Sedgwick, the mansion was inbuilt 1932 for Robert Winthrop, an funding banker and former president and benefactor of Winthrop College Hospital (now N.Y.U. Winthrop Hospital).
From the lobby, a broad heart corridor runs almost 42 ft to the again terrace. In the course of the summer season solstice, daylight filters straight via from east to west and the eating room hearth traces up completely with the hearth throughout the middle corridor within the library, its knotty pine partitions painted a hunter inexperienced. Each rooms have full-height bay home windows overlooking the 55-foot-by-24-foot terrace and sweeping lawns past.
Past the off-center staircase corridor, a ballroom-size lounge has an 11-and-a-half-foot ceiling. Three units of French doorways open to a facet terrace. Broad plank oak flooring run all through the downstairs, with French parquet within the proprietor’s research, a later addition.
“It’s a fantastically designed home,” Mr. Rinaldini mentioned. “A number of the Gilded Age mansions have been excessive. That is restrained, however you may inform the standard is basically good. The main points are refined.”
The sizable kitchen has glass-fronted cupboards, mahogany counter tops and opens to an ample breakfast room.
Stating the adjoining potting terrace on a FaceTime tour, Ms. Smith famous: “It is a critical nation gentleman’s property.”
Upstairs, the primary suite has an adjoining sunroom, two loos and two fireplaces, one within the bed room and one in a dressing room. 4 household bedrooms and a nanny’s room have en suite baths. A warren of smaller rooms was reworked to a household hangout.
The property has been a setting for movies together with the “The Bourne Legacy,” Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and “Cafe Society,” and Sofia Coppola’s upcoming “On the Rocks.” On tv, it has appeared in “Royal Pains,” “Gossip Ladies,” “Madame Secretary,” “Mozart within the Jungle” and “The Good Spouse.”
The grounds additionally embody an natural backyard, a Har-Tru tennis courtroom, a swimming pool and adjoining Regency model pavilion flanking two personal cabanas.
The property is the surviving piece of a 550-acre property designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1897 and 1902 for Winthrop’s uncle, Robert Dudley Winthrop. He gave 350 acres to Glen Oaks Nation Membership and 40 acres on the southern tip for the Lengthy Island Expressway.
Nonetheless, it stays an equestrian paradise. An 1895 barn with a virtually three-story ceiling is “actually like an previous cathedral,” Mr. Rinaldini mentioned. The primary steady homes a squash courtroom, a hayloft and 10 horse stalls. The property abuts miles of driving trails on the 605-acre State College of New York Faculty at Previous Westbury campus and about 100 miles of trails in Previous Westbury.
“We are able to exit driving for 4 hours and by no means double again,” Mr. Rinaldini mentioned.