A Rockefeller heiress’s former estate lists for $30M

The Tudor manor house and grounds belonged to granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller

An estate fit for American royalty — or more precisely, an heiress to the Rockefeller family fortune — has just hit the market for $30 million.

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Once the home of oil industry magnate John D. Rockefeller’s granddaughter Abby, the luxurious Tudor-style estate is hidden from prying eyes by a half-mile-long garden drive on Long Island’s Gold Coast.

The entire estate emanates old-world, old-money style — the 56-acre grounds include a 10,000-square-foot manor house, a pool, tennis courts and expansive garden walkways hidden by wrought-iron gates. The guest cottage alone has three separate bedrooms.

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In 1978, current owner William J. Catacosinos bought the property from Abby Rockefeller Mauzé’s estate. After a lifetime of sponsoring New York’s public and garden projects, Mauzé had passed away two years earlier.

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Traces of Mauzé’s love of nature are found everywhere on the estate, which is surrounded by lush green walkways and landscaped gardens.

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Co-listed by agents from Daniel Gale Sotheby’s and Douglas Elliman, the property will stay on the market until the right deep-pocketed buyer comes along. Over the nearly four decades that they owned the estate, Catacosinos and his wife updated it with air conditioning and a more modern décor.

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