It was called “the spike heard around the world.” At least that’s how Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) described the iconically cringe-worthy moment from the 2000 comedy “Meet the Parents” in which her boyfriend, beleaguered nurse Gaylord “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller), is roped into playing a casual game of pool volleyball at the luxe mansion of her uber-wealthy ex-fiance, Kevin Rawley (Owen Wilson). After being told to “rush the net on defense,” Greg lands a rather aggressive spike smack dab in the face of Pam’s sister, bride-to-be Deborah (Nicole DeHuff), bruising her eye on the eve of her wedding. Though not nearly as quotable as the notorious dinner scene, the segment remains one of the hit movie’s most famous. And now the Long Island estate where the legendary bit was shot has just been snatched up by new buyers!
Listed by Regina Rogers of Douglas Elliman, the property initially hit the market with a $2,299,000 price tag on June 12, marking the first time the place had been up for grabs in almost two and a half decades! (It last sold in March 1997 for $1.325 million.) Real estate websites show that a full-price offer was just accepted this week, after only a scant 33 days on the market! The quick turnaround isn’t surprising. Listing materials deem the residence, originally built in 1983, a “North Shore treasure” and, even without its major Hollywood cameo, it would be considered such.
Situated at the end of a leafy cul-de-sac at 26 Serenite Ln. in the lofty enclave of Muttontown, the stately abode stands on an immense 2.17-acre lot. (Please remember this is a private home. Do not trespass or bother the residents or the grounds in any way.) Fun fact – the dwelling is located just a little over five miles away from the house used as the Byrnes’ family residence in “Meet the Parents,” which can be found at 93 Pound Hollow Rd. in Old Brookville.