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$60M Versailles-Inspired Chateau on Long Island Is This Week’s Priciest Property

$60M Versailles-Inspired Chateau on Long Island Is This Week’s Priciest Property
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Oh la la. This week’s most expensive new listing on® is a très chic property on Long Island modeled after Versailles and Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in France, now listed for $60 million.

The stunning Maison Des Jardins looks like an old-world castle, but it was completed only last year. According to news reports, the owner—entrepreneur Raphael Yakoby—bought 8.38 acres in Old Brookville, NY, in 2010 for $3.25 million. Yakoby, a lover of all things French, commenced construction of the chateau-inspired structure two years later.

Yakoby worked with architects Michael J. Wallin and Douglas R. Schneider. Press materials note the project represents the owner’s “lifelong dream, brought to fruition by a team of architects, contractors and craftsman.” Every facet of the design uses traditional building materials and methods. No laminate floors here!

If you’re wondering how you would begin to decorate this Versailles on Long Island, you don’t have to. The home comes fully furnished. Listing agent Eloise Halpern of Douglas Elliman says the opulent decor features “$2.5M worth of lighting fixtures (Baccarat, Schonbek & Straus), the magnificent draperies and furniture (Stark & Scalamandre) … 19th-century marble fireplaces, spectacular Italian marble slabs, Christopher Peacock kitchen, character/rustic wood flooring in marvelous patterns, outdoor limestone loggia, extensive formal gardens and more.”

Halpern and Patricia Bischoff represent the property.

Maison Des Jardins

Foyer with staircase inspired by Le Petit Trianon

Living room

Kitchen with chandeliers

One of 15 baths

The 22,000-square-foot property has eight beds, 10 bathrooms, and five half-baths. It features multiple 19th-century marble fireplaces and the “highest-end everything,” according to the listing. The property is entered through 22-foot-high iron gates flanked by limestone piers that open to a quarter-mile drive planted with pear trees.

The wrought-iron details on the front door are a nod to Versailles. Construction details include a soft limestone facade, intricate ironwork, a Vermont slate roof, and geothermal heat. All the moldings are plaster and, due to size, some had to be created on-site.

Italian marble covers the floors. The stairway in the foyer was inspired the one at Le Petit Trianon at Versailles. Other luxe amenities include a movie theater, wine room, billiard room, and fitness center. The master suite includes dual bathrooms, a dressing room, and a 500-square-foot office.

The main level holds the public rooms, including formal living and dining rooms. Off the main ballroom is a covered loggia, which leads to the gardens and pool. The property also features an elevator, guest quarters, staff quarters, parking, and a garage.

Quietly shopped around for $100 million last summer before it was finished, the home is being offered officially now.

The Palace of Versailles has remained an inspiration to opulent home builders since it was transformed from hunting lodge to royal residence in the 17th century, notes the Wall Street Journal. (Remember the “Queen of Versailles“?)

But the North Shore of Long Island, known as the Gold Coast for its extreme wealth and vast estates, has a mythology of its own. The mansion-filled area is the site of the fictional estate in “The Great Gatsby.”

Now, it’s the home of the real-life Maison Des Jardins.

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Date: 2018-04-13 01:16:41


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