Friday, July 28, 2006

Shelter Island Hits The Big-Time!

This property, developed by Jack and Gusty Folks, experienced developers of several communities and homes on the South Fork, is done to the nines. Barbara and I just drove past it by boat this week and it is a beautiful home from evey angle. md

ESTATE WITH A BUZZ. Nestled between the North and South Forks, Shelter Island has historically been a refuge from Hamptons hype and prices. Well, at least the former may still be true. But the $35-million Bumblebee Manor is setting a new record for asking prices on the reclusive-turned-exclusive island, which is accessible only by ferry, private boat or seaplane. (The community's premium on privacy apparently extends to the manor's owners, who put the property in a corporate name. The corporation's lawyer declined to say who the owners are.)

Broker Ingrid Brownyard of Brown Harris Stevens describes the nearly new, waterfront estate as "Gatsby-esque," and it does indeed go beyond the East End's everyday luxuries. Sure, the tycoon next door might have six bedrooms, a guest house and a chef-caliber kitchen, but does he have an elevator? A "banquet-sized" dining room? A water view from the master bathtub? Multiple wine refrigerators? Seven custom fireplaces? A dock that can fit a 50-foot yacht? A pool designed to look like it dissolves into Coecles Harbor? A glass cupola on his "St. Barth's-style" pool house?

Thought not.


see it here: Bumblebee Manor Digital

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