Earlier this year, on the 20th anniversary of her eponymous debut album, which earned her a Grammy and eight Billboard Music Awards, R&B hitmaker Ashanti was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
With a couple square feet of coveted real estate secured on Hollywood Boulevard, the platinum selling “Foolish” singer-songwriter, producer and occasional actress, who starred in the 2021 direct-to-digital film “Honey Girls,” has decided it’s time to change up her residential real estate portfolio; her longtime home in Long Island’s patrician community of Old Westbury is now on the market at a smidgen under $2.2 million.
Tucked away at the end of a mansion-lined cul-de-sac, the 2.2-acre estate sits just a stone’s throw from the traffic-thronged Long Island Expressway. A long drive cuts across a great sweep of lush lawn and circles up in front of the red-brick neo-traditional that was built in 1999 and acquired by the Long Island native for $1.95 million in 2003, around the time she was opening for the North American leg of Mariah Carey’s Charmbracelet World Tour.
Big enough to easily accommodate a large family, there are six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms in about 5,300 square feet. Double-height columns stand sentry on the front porch that gives way to a grandiose double-height foyer with a flying staircase and a glitzy crystal chandelier. A carved pink-stone fireplace anchors the formal living room, the formal dining room showcases elegant herringbone-pattern wood floors, and the family room has a monumental, Indonesian-style carved wood mantelpiece. Updated with high-end stainless-steel appliances, the kitchen features a curved island snack bar and an informal dining area set into a bay window that overlooks the backyard.
Two of the bedrooms could easily serve as the primary suite. The larger of the two suites has a spacious dressing room and a lavish bath embellished with rust-colored marble, while the other has skylights in the vaulted ceiling and a jetted tub-for-two in its attached travertine-tiled bath.
Out back, bordered by mature specimen trees that ensure plenty of privacy during the summertime, the yard offers a vast lawn and a circular dining terraced ringed by a stone balustrade, along with a freeform swimming pool and spa.
The listing is held by Emily Quinn Edelman of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s Realty.