$7.25M bayside home on Long Island sits on 15 acres with themed gardens and a waterfront esplanade

$7.25M bayside home on Long Island sits on 15 acres with themed gardens and a waterfront esplanade

August 18, 2021

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Wow with a capital-W. This home, listed for $7,250,000, on Long Island’s Moriches Bay is set on 15 acres filled with themed gardens like a manicured rose garden, sculpture garden, an entire koi pond paradise, and even a tunnel of vines. It has over 850 feet of water frontage, along with a bayside esplanade and private dock, a deck with a solarium, a rooftop viewing area, huge pool, a gazebo, and a guest house with a second pool. Another wow factor is that the home was transformed into this stylish estate over 25 years by fashion industry icon Rose Marie Bravo, who’s credited with turning Burberry into an international luxury brand.

The 15-acre property, which is known as Casa Brava & The Lodge on Tuthill Cove, consists of the main house (seen in the top photo above) and a guest house (seen in the photo below). It was built in 1980.

Rose Marie Bravo and her husband, William Jackey, bought the home 25 years ago, at a time when they were traveling all over the world for Bravo’s job as CEO of Burberry. During their travels, Mr. Jackey became inspired to bring what he saw in garden design, including the Queen’s rose garden, back to their estate on Long Island, as Mansion Global explained. Throughout the grounds are hedges, water features, whimsical sculptures, topiaries, and winding paths.

The koi pond area “encompasses a few pools of water connected by narrowing estuaries that the koi flow from pond to pond,” according to the listing. There are waterfalls, benches, and metal animal sculptures around, too.

Another unique garden feature is “the tunnel of vines,” which gets lit up with twinkling lights at night. On the other side is the gazebo, which overlooks the cove.

Inside the main house, the rooms are open and airy. On the second floor, the dining/living room is open to a wrap-around terrace, which has an outdoor kitchen and floating solarium perfect for “outdoor” dining on chilly or rainy nights.

In a 2013 piece in House Beautiful discussing the custom blue kitchen, Rose Marie Bravo said, “I was trying to get that French blue, with a little purple in it.” The color also complements her collection of blue-and-white china. Bravo designed the room with her seven grandchildren in mind, saying that she wanted a place for them all to sit and have tea, as that’s an important tradition for them.

Also on the second floor is the primary bedroom suite, which has a huge dressing room and sky-lit en-suite bathroom.

Downstairs, off the entry foyer, is a more casual family room, which leads down to the pool deck (this can also be accessed via the terrace upstairs). There’s a hot tub, outdoor sauna, outdoor shower, and 800-square-foot pool.

Also on this level are a home office wrapped in glass and built-ins and three more bedrooms. Not pictured are a rooftop lookout deck, the basement, and three-car garage.

Down from the main house is a long boardwalk that takes you to the deep-water dock.

The guest house sits at the other end of the property. Known as “The Lodge,” it has a brick patio with an outdoor fireplace.

The guest house’s great room has a vaulted, beamed ceiling, stone fireplace, and full wall of French doors opening to the patio. On the opposite side of the room (not pictured) is a screened-in porch. The white beadboard cabinetry in the kitchen provides a nice contrast to the rest of the dark woods, as does the airy dining room.

The primary bedroom also opens to the patio and has an en-suite bathroom.

There’s a cozy TV room and two other bedrooms.

The guest house has its own pool and a rolling lawn that has 150 feet of bulkhead and a private boat dock.

The location in East Moriches also means that the home is priced significantly less than a similar property would be on the Hamptons. “To get 850-plus feet of water frontage on 15 acres in the Hamptons for $7.25 million is just not possible,” listing agent Brenda Giufurta told Mansion Global.

[Listing: 116 & 122 Atlantic Avenue by Brenda Giufurta and Joseph Savio of Douglas Elliman]

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

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