A Grand Gold Coast Estate Once Home to a Rockefeller Asks $18.5M

Today, Long Island’s most affluent areas extend all the way out to the very tip. The North Fork, Hamptons, and Shelter Island all serve as destinations populated by great houses and posh parties. About a century ago, many wealthy city dwellers looking for a lavish retreat did not venture quite so far. The Gold Coast, an epicenter of luxury and opulence immortalized in such works as The Great Gatsby, still boasts rare historic estates along the Long Island Sound. One such property, the former abode of Abby Rockefeller Mauzé, is on the market. Asking $18.5 million, the Mill Neck home is known as Laurel Hill.

So-called for its mysterious and romantic resplendence, consisting as it is of vast gardens centered around a Tudor mansion, Laurel Hill sits on a stunning 57-acre lot. That main house, combined with separate pool, guest, and carriage houses, totals 20,664 square feet. But if you think that’s spacious, wait until you hear about the sleeping arrangements. There are 21 bedrooms spread across these structures, with 16 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms alone in the main house.

As the granddaughter of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé was known for her wide-ranging philanthropy efforts. Greenacre Park, an urban park in Turtle Bay she created in 1971, remains a lush oasis of trees and flowers. The grounds of her former estate also feel park-like, with woodland and gardens fostering tranquility.

Kathleen Coumou, Brian Meier, and Kate Meier of Christie’s Real Estate hold the listing, which as been owned by William J. Catacosinos since 1978.