Great Gatsby-esque Long Island mansion asks $27 million

Built in a grandiose Tudor style, this Long Island mansion was once owned at different times by members of the Vanderbilt and Whitney families. It was constructed originally in the 1930s, but has since been renovated and was recently listed for $27 million.

The home stands on a 13-acre estate in Mill Neck, N.Y. It is one of the last and best preserved of the luxurious estates of that period and has changed hands many times over the years. Originally built for the widow of a wealthy New York financier, it was sold in 1950 to Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II. He later sold it to one of his relations, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney.

Eventually, the home ended up in the hands of Henry Luce III, the founder of Time and Life magazines. Luce gave the estate the name of Wychwood, by which it is currently known.

In 2007, real estate developer Jan Burman and his wife, Renee Burman, purchased the home from the estate of Henry Luce. The home had not been kept up very well in the years prior, so the Burmans undertook extensive renovations of the historic home. They replaced the roof and all the window casings, in addition to modernizing certain features.

The palatial home has nine bedrooms and lots of nooks and crannies. One of the central features is the music room. It is 50 feet long. Three crystal chandeliers hang from a 26-foot high vaulted wood ceiling .

The Burmans’ renovations were extensive, modernizing features like the plumbing and electrics on the one hand, while seek to restore and preserve the original look and feel of the home as well.

To that end, the couple worked with Philadelphia-based designer Bennet Weinstock. He and Ms. Burman travelled to Paris and London to pick out antiques for the home. He also helped enliven the classic Tudor-style design of the home by incorporating some splashes of modern art and bold color.

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