AUCTIONS OPEN: Former Rockefeller estate on New York’s Gold Coast to be auctioned via Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions

Historic Laurel Hill, 222 Cleft Road, Mill Neck, New York

Spectacular historic estate on Long Island's Gold Coast

Spectacular historic estate on Long Island’s Gold Coast

Immaculate Tudor mansion and two additional residences

Immaculate Tudor mansion and two additional residences

Luxury historic getaway once owned by the Rockefeller family

Luxury historic getaway once owned by the Rockefeller family

Hilltop view of Oyster Bay, an hour from Manhattan

Hilltop view of Oyster Bay, an hour from Manhattan

Listed for $14.995 million, with a current demand of $6 million, Laurel Hill will sell to the highest bidder on July 28.

Naming your price for a property like this is a rarity in the market, and with only 10 days to bid, now is the time to register to bid.

— Paulina Kimbel, Vice President of Business Development

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, July 20, 2022 / — Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions has announced that bidding is now open for hill of laurels, a stately Tudor mansion that once belonged to the Rockefellers. With a current demand of $6 million, the property, with three additional structures, beautiful gardens, swimming pool, tennis court etc, is selling to the highest bidder in cooperation with listing agent Kathleen Coumou of Gold Coast Luxury Real Estate Advisors. The call for tenders is in progress and will end on June 28. Visit to watch live as buyers digitally place bids from around the world.

“Indeed, this is a unique buying opportunity, and we are thrilled to offer our network of buyers the opportunity to purchase a piece of history,” added Paulina Kimbel, Vice President business development at Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions. “Naming your price for a property like this is a rarity in the market, and with only 10 days to bid, now is the time to register to bid.”

Upon her purchase of historic Laurel Hill, beloved philanthropist Abby Rockefeller Mauzé – granddaughter of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller – transformed the complex under her meticulous care to procure ten separate lots into an incomparable sanctuary. , with two miles of walking paths and an abundance of gardens. The estate’s long pedigree dates back to 1928, with its sprawling main house built for the Pratt family in 1930. The main house, a true Tudor mansion, has stood the test of time with its imposing brick facade at the end of a winding alley. and paved motor yard. The interior is equally stunning, with French doors that lead to a reception vestibule to welcome visitors and guests. From the spacious lobby with a majestic curved staircase on the second level, to the first-floor library, paneled in mahogany with custom cabinetry and easy access to the grounds and patios just beyond, explore spaces designed for entertaining and daily life of a bygone era, with all the luxuries expected of a veritable treasure trove of the golden age.

“It has been a privilege for my family and I to be stewards of this magnificent legacy estate and to maintain and preserve the largest expanse of gardens and woodlands in Mill Neck for 40 years,” the seller said, Dr. William J. Catacosinos. “By working with Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions, I know we can tap into a global audience to find the perfect buyer who will appreciate the impeccable detailing and truly make this immaculate estate their own.”

Additional features include a large dining room that seats 20 to accommodate elegant entertaining; a dignified sunken living room and additional entertainment areas; gourmet kitchen with commercial-grade appliances and butler’s pantry, suitable for entertaining a crowd of all sizes; large Palladian windows that flood the interior with natural light; wainscoting, ornate carvings and seven wood-burning fireplaces throughout; 12 rooms in total in the Manor; a three-bedroom guest house; a mid-century modern three-bedroom pool house with an additional wood-burning fireplace and living room and a gunite pool, a shed with a five-car garage and mechanical pit, and a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor above; tennis court, a sports court and a second garage to house a total of nine vehicles on the property, all just one hour from Manhattan with stunning hillside views of Oyster Bay.

“Laurel Hill is a remarkable estate built on an incredible history and on 57 staggering acres of lush land. I look forward to helping my client pass this property on to a new owner to make his own historic mark on the estate. We chose to partner with Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions given their unrivaled reach and visibility,” said Kathleen Coumou, Listing Agent and Founding Broker of Gold Coast Luxury Real Estate Advisors.

Immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Mill Neck’s North Shore is just as glamorous today as it was in the Golden Age. Extensive land reserves, arboretums, English walled gardens and botanical gardens keep the region full of natural wonders. Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions dot the shores, while miles of beaches with the sparkling sound of Long Island beyond provide the perfect backdrop. Sample unrivaled farm-to-table feasts at local boutique restaurants. Proximity to world famous Long Island wine country makes tasting and dining a real experience. Located between New York City and the Hamptons, with three major expressways running east and west across Long Island, as well as three major airports and public transportation, getting in and out of this historic hideaway is a breeze.

Laurel Hill is available for screenings daily from 1-4 p.m. and by appointment only and also available for private virtual screenings.

Part of Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions key for key® donation program in partnership with Giveback Homes, the closure will result in the construction of a new home for a family in need.

Agents will be paid based on the information on the property page. See auction terms and conditions for more details. For more information, including property details, an exclusive virtual tour, due diligence papers, and more, visit or call +

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Former estate inherited from the Rockefellers | Mill Neck, Gold Coast, NY

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