A manor sitting on the former estate of Soong Mei-ling, the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek, is now up for sale in Long Island for a princely 11.8 million USD.
Madame Chiang moved from China to the US in 1975 and settled into the Lattingtown estate with her family four years later. She lived there for about 20 years before moving to Manhattan, where she passed away in 2003 at the age of 105, according to News Day:
In 1998, the estate, known as Hillcrest, was sold to the Stillman Organization, a Manhattan-based development company that later subdivided the property, renovated the original mansion and built two other homes, one of which was also recently listed for sale.
The 12.8-acre property that’s for sale is on the part of the estate where Madame Chiang’s carriage house and bamboo garden remain, says Jason Friedman of Laffey Fine Homes, who is co-listing the property with his mother, Rudi Friedman. There is also a par-3 golf hole and a heated pool.
The nine-bedroom home, built in 2002, features a solid stone turret with a winding staircase to the second floor, topped with a large twisted wooden dome.
The mansion also features a home theater, gym and sauna, a swimming pool and a par 3 golf hole, Realty Today reports.
“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 one of the most influential and iconic figures in the last century,” Friedman said, adding that “people still come here now to pay their respects.”
People’s Daily reports that seven buyers appeared at the first day of the open house on July 28 and were all Chinese. Friedman also received 50 phone calls about the property, 48 of whom were from China.
[Images via People’s Daily]