A little more than 12 acres of the former 36-acre estate of Madame Chiang Kai-shek in Lattingtown is on the market for $11.8 million.
Originally sold to the Stillman Organization in 1998, the estate once known as Hillcrest where the former first lady of China lived for more than 50 years was eventually divided into four parcels. In 2003, a nine-bedroom home with nine full bathrooms and four half-baths was built on this 12-acre portion that includes the estate’s original carriage house.
Among the amenities the 19,000-square-foot home, situated at the end of a half-mile-long private driveway off Feeks Lane, features is an outdoor heated pool, a par-three golf hole, six-car garage, gym with sauna, a home theater and an elevator. A stone turret, with winding stairs from the lower level to the second floor, is topped off with a twisted wooden dome.
Madame Chiang first fled to the United States in 1949. She left Taiwan after forces led by her husband, Gen. Chiang Kai-shek, China’s former leader, were driven from the Chinese mainland by the Communists. She moved to Manhattan 17 years ago and died in 2003 at the age of 105.
The home on part of her former estate is listed with Jason Friedman and Rudi Friedman of Laffey Fine Homes in Great Neck. In the last two years, the high-powered mother-and-son Friedman team has sold a few other iconic Long Island properties, including the former Easton estate in Muttontown, the St. Ignatius Retreat in North Hills and the Allen estate in Sands Point.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a property featuring first class new construction while simultaneously purchasing a piece of history that belonged to perhaps the most influential and iconic figures in the last century,” Jason Friedman told LIBN.