By Claudine Zap
A harmonious waterfront estate located in Lloyd Harbor, NY, once owned by the singer Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, has come on the market. Totally renovated and never lived in by its current owner, who is moving out of state, the Long Island mansion is now available for $12.9 million.
Gibb died in 2012, but the home has an illustrious history. Designed in 1926 by the architect Bertram G. Goodhue, the residence was built as a wedding gift from Arthur H. Fleming for his daughter, Marjorie. The Flemings were friends of Albert Einstein, who was apparently a frequent guest at the home.
Gibb was only the fourth owner of the house and owned the place in the 1970s and 1980s. He sold the property in 1983, according to the co-listing agent, Bonnie Williamson of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. She and Lauryn Koke, also of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, hold the listing.
“It was all contemporary inside,” Williamson recalls, when Gibb lived there, with all-gray interiors. “He liked the privacy and the quiet of it.”
She notes that up one flight of stairs, Gibb chose to place his piano in an open room with a fireplace, on the landing.
“I guess he liked the acoustics there,” she says.
The sonic qualities are not the only thing to like in the house. It’s no longer gray, and has been restored to highlight some of its period features, such as coffered ceilings and mahogany wood paneling, while also adding “up-to-the-minute amenities,” Williamson says.
The updates include the geothermal heating and gas inserts in most of the fireplaces, the new or updated bathrooms, and new electrical and plumbing.
The massive, 16,000-square-foot property last sold in 2011 for $7.78 million, and the current owner has undertaken a major renovation. Overlooking Oyster Bay, the retreat features seven bedrooms and 10 fireplaces.
Highlights include 500 feet of private beachfront, as well as a deepwater dock, a prized possession in an area that has placed a hold on new dock construction, Williamson says. The seawall has also been recently rebuilt.
You approach the home from a circular drive, and the property features a renovated one-bedroom guest cottage, for staff or visitors. The main entrance features marble floors and a beamed ceiling with a powder room and cloakroom for guests.
Luxe rooms include a wood-paneled library with a hidden bar, a living room, formal dining room, as well as a garden room with exposed brick walls, walls of windows, a hot tub, and gardens. The pool is just outside the French doors.
The new kitchen comes with high-end appliances and looks out to a breakfast room with a wall of windows. A second-floor family room includes another kitchen, as well as two terraces. Bedrooms, including the master suite, make up the second and third floors.
The acreage includes a greenhouse, lawns, trees, a private beach, and private road. Wood stairs and a funicular access the water, and an elevator connects all three levels of the estate.
Williamson notes that the listing has already been shown to celebrities, and that its proportions and privacy could well hit the right note with a high-profile buyer.
“You have the charm of 1920s nostalgia, but you have all the modern amenities,” Williamson says. “The house itself is just a very unique, wonderful home.”
Gibb, with his brothers Barry and Maurice, made up the Bee Gees. With its disco hits like “Stayin’ Alive” and its more than 200 million records sold worldwide, the chart-topping group is one of the most popular pop bands of all time.