Long Island Estate Once Owned by Robin Gibb on the Market for $12.9M

A harmonious waterfront estate located in Lloyd Harbor, NY, once owned by the singer Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, has come on the market. Totally renovated and never lived in by its current owner, who is moving out of state, the Long Island mansion is now available for $12.9 million.

Gibb died in 2012, but the home has an illustrious history. Designed in 1926 by the architect Bertram G. Goodhue, the residence was built as a wedding gift from Arthur H. Fleming for his daughter, Marjorie. The Flemings were friends of Albert Einstein, who was apparently a frequent guest at the home.

Gibb was only the fourth owner of the house and owned the place in the 1970s and 1980s. He sold the property in 1983, according to the co-listing agent, Bonnie Williamson of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.  She and Lauryn Koke, also of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, hold the listing.

“It was all contemporary inside,” Williamson recalls, when Gibb lived there, with all-gray interiors. “He liked the privacy and the quiet of it.”

She notes that up one flight of stairs, Gibb chose to place his piano in an open room with a fireplace, on the landing.

“I guess he liked the acoustics there,” she says.

The sonic qualities are not the only thing to like in the house. It’s no longer gray, and has been restored to highlight some of its period features, such as coffered ceilings and mahogany wood paneling, while also adding “up-to-the-minute amenities,” Williamson says.

The updates include the geothermal heating and gas inserts in most of the fireplaces, the new or updated bathrooms, and new electrical and plumbing.

The massive, 16,000-square-foot property last sold in 2011 for $7.78 million, and the current owner has undertaken  a major renovation. Overlooking Oyster Bay, the retreat features seven bedrooms and 10 fireplaces.

Highlights include 500 feet of private beachfront, as well as a deepwater dock, a prized possession in an area that has placed a hold on new dock construction, Williamson says. The seawall has also been recently rebuilt.

You approach the home from a circular drive, and the property features a renovated one-bedroom guest cottage, for staff or visitors. The main entrance features marble floors and a beamed ceiling with a powder room and cloakroom for guests.

Luxe rooms include a wood-paneled library with a hidden bar, a living room, formal dining room, as well as a garden room with exposed brick walls, walls of windows, a hot tub, and gardens. The pool is just outside the French doors.

The new kitchen comes with high-end appliances and looks out to a breakfast room with a wall of windows. A second-floor family room includes another kitchen, as well as two terraces. Bedrooms, including the master suite, make up the second and third floors.

The acreage includes a greenhouse, lawns, trees, a private beach, and private road. Wood stairs and a funicular access the water, and an elevator connects all three levels of the estate.

Williamson notes that the listing has already been shown to celebrities, and that its proportions and privacy could well hit the right note with a high-profile buyer.

“You have the charm of 1920s nostalgia, but you have all the modern amenities,” Williamson says. “The house itself is just a very unique, wonderful home.”

Gibb, with his brothers Barry and Maurice, made up the Bee Gees. With its disco hits like “Stayin’ Alive” and its more than 200 million records sold worldwide, the chart-topping group is one of the most popular pop bands of all time.

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‘Last of Its Kind’: $12.7M Midcentury Masterpiece on Long Island

One of just a few homes designed by the man behind some of the world’s most iconic midcentury modern designs is back on the market on Long Island.

Known as Villa Riele, the home on Watch Way in Lloyd Harbor, NY, is on the market for $12.7 million. It was offered for auction last summer, but a winning bidder never emerged.

The architect Edward Durell Stone designed the home, and it was finished in 1967.

Stone’s work includes the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, Radio City Music Hall, and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.

His buildings won several prestigious awards and are distinctive for their ornamentation, which often include arches, a prominent feature of this home.

Noting the distinctive arches and the towering glass windows, the listing agent, John Pierre Morales, says, “Those features alone make it one of Long Island’s unique and most prestigious properties. I haven’t seen another piece of architecture like this, ever.”

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Inside the mansion, there are several massive mahogany staircases, many arches, and an indoor pool right in the middle of the home.

The pool isn’t enormous, but does offer an interesting respite for guests. Think of it as an aquatic conversation pit.

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“It’s about 6 feet deep, heated, and has benches that circle the whole inside of the pool, so it was really just a place to cool off and sit down and have a few cocktails on the bench. Most of the times, people were in their regular clothes, which is interesting,” Morales explains.

Thanks to a unique filtration system, Morales says the home doesn’t suffer from the typical smell of a pool.

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The formal dining room is right off the pool area, and a living room is nearby.

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The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house is located on 33 acres of land with majestic trees on Long Island’s Gold Coast. The compound on the Sound is divided into four lots with a quarter-mile of waterfront.

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The purchase price offers an intriguing opportunity for a buyer who doesn’t mind a couple of neighbors.

“There are three other lots besides the home and the beach house that are subdivided and ready for someone to come in and build on—ready to go for a developer,” Morales explains.

In addition to the main house, there’s a one-bedroom beach house that basically sits on the sand. Having a structure that close to the water isn’t allowed anymore, but this house is grandfathered into township regulations.

“I look at just the beach house alone and figure it’s worth a couple million dollars, just the way it is,” Morales says. “You’re in complete solace and peace when you’re in this place. There’s no one near you. You’re in your own world.”

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The compound was once part of the original Colgate estate, and the current owner is the socialite Gabriele Lagerwall, aka Baroness W. Langer von Langendorff.

She’s the second wife and widow of the late Baron Walter Langer von Langendorff of Austria, the man who created White Shoulders perfume.

Morales says the butler who has been with the baroness for 25 years recalls the diplomats and the royalty who sat in the pool and had cocktails.

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The house has always been a weekend home for the owner to escape to when she wanted to entertain and get away from her hotel penthouse at the Pierre, on New York’s Fifth Avenue.

There are unique furnishings, which could be negotiated into the purchase price. A new owner wouldn’t need to worry about damage to the colorful decor.

“I went to the basement, and there’s backup yards and yards of the exact fabric. [If] she’s having company and someone spills or stains something, she can re-upholster again,” Morales says.

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The house is in two wings, with two bedrooms on the main floor. The main suites are upstairs, served by an elevator.

The setting is private, perfect for anyone who would like to get away and to turn this property into a revenue-generating opportunity, Morales says.

“The perfect buyer is a developer, someone that can actually realize that this is the last of its kind on the East Coast. It’s basically a nature preserve on the Gold Coast of Long Island, with a quarter-mile of sound-front.”

If the walls of the house could talk, Morales says, they would have stories to tell.

“You totally feel like you are in a bygone era, and you just know that diplomats, royalty, and whoever was somebody at one point was in that home.”

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