For the third time in a 100-year history, this island compound off the North Shore of Long Island is looking for a buyer. Anybody willing to spend $125 million can own what’s known as Dosoris Island–which includes 46 acres of land, 10 acres of underwater rights and a 28-acre pond. On top of that, the island is home to a compound built by Junius Morgan, a J.P. Morgan scion, with six homes, landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted, and all sorts of other perks. A pool, private dock, and horse stables–it’s all included in this magnificent private island package listed by Sotheby’s.
The island was more recently reinforced with a sea wall to protect against storm surges.
The main house, dubbed the Manor House, was built by Morgan in 1919. It overlooks the Long Island Sound, with views north toward the Manhattan skyline.
The interior has been incredibly preserved, with a dining room that seats 100, an 80-foot-long slate- and marble-floored hallway, and a “ladies parlor” paneled in mahogany. There are nine bedrooms upstairs, including a master suite with two bedrooms boasting their own fireplaces and bathrooms.
Pictured above is the stone-walled Creek House, which holds four bedrooms. According to Bloomberg, Morgan found the single home on the island too isolated, so in the 1940s he allowed friends to build their own residences. Each of the six homes have five to six acres surrounding them.
The stucco Pond House, and its bright, grand living room, is above. Morgan died in 1960 and the main house remained in his wife’s possession until the 1970s. It was then sold to a Texas-born coal magnate named John Samuels. After Samuels went bankrupt, the third buyer was the North Shore socialite Margo Walker, who spent years buying up all the structures on the island to make it a single property.
There are three cottages on the property.
The grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, include a formal garden, massive pool, pool house and lawns that slope down to a sandy beach. There are also two landing areas for helicopters.
Horse stables count among the impressive amenities package, plus paddocks, a “groomsman’s cottage,” and an original garage that can hold eight cars.
And it wouldn’t be a private island without a private, 250-foot dock. It’s long enough to land a seaplane or a huge yacht.
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Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s
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