Always wanted to live on the North Shore of Long Island, in the tony enclave that inspired “The Great Gatsby,” but have always found the available estates just too understated and tasteful for you? Do your interior design fantasies run to owning a house that looks as though it was designed as a theme park version of Las Vegas as interpreted through the eyes of a Russian-born New York City cab driver turned billionaire?
Well, have we got the house for you! Please avert your eyes, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and anyone of a delicate disposition, and welcome to Three Bridges on prestigious Kings Point, Long Island! Once listed as high as $100 million, the estate is now available for a mere $47 million, via Irene Sarraf and Jason P. Friedman of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, with property taxes that tally up to a horse-choking $629,102 a year.
Currently owned by Helene Abiri, a Long Island property manager married to Brooklyn-based radiologist and real estate mogul Shahrokh Abiri, the estate was formerly owned by Tamir Sapir. (Abiri acquired the property from Sapir in 2013 for a bit more than $15 million, according to property records.) An immigrant from the former Russian state of Georgia, Sapir borrowed against his New York City taxi medallion to open a electronics store that catered to his fellow Soviet émigrés and that he managed to parlay into a real estate empire that once included the the epic Duke Semans mansion on Fifth Avenue, which he sold to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim back in 2011 for $40 million.
Built in 1928 and set on more than seven acres on Long Island Sound, the Gatsby-era Great Neck compound boasts a number of guest residences as well as a massive main house. If you have a large family or a lot of friends and guests, don’t worry, this place will accommodate them all: there are a dozen bedrooms and almost two dozen bathrooms in about a zillion square feet (estimated) of interior space.
Ready for the tour? Thrill as you motor up the long drive past the dancing waters of several illuminated fountains inspired by the Peterhof Grand Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Halfway up the drive are two turreted guest houses, along with a garage big enough to accommodate nine cars.