The Sands Point home of former crooner and TV personality Perry Como is on the market, and you can have it for a song. Well, a song and $3.9 million.
Built in 1937, the Colonial features six bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths on 2.5 acres and offers access to an exclusive beach. The main level includes a chef’s kitchen with a breakfast area, a formal dining room and an office.
A step-down living room features one of the home’s five fireplaces. A bridal staircase leads to an upper level that features a master suite with a dressing room and new bathroom, as well as the five additional bedrooms and three baths.
The Italian heart throb moved to the Village in 1955, just as the Perry Como Show was taking root at NBC. He raised his family there until the 1970s, when Mr. and Mrs. C decamped for Florida. Como outfitted the estate with Hollywood features that include wrought-iron gates, a circular drive that fits 15 cars, a backyard cabana and an over-sized entertainment room with glass windows overlooking the pool and patio.
“The cabana and the entertaining room make it look Hollywood,” noted Jill Berman, who is handling the listing for Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
On the wall of the lower-level powder room, a mural of the singing Como features this quip: “Ladies will please stay seated during the entire performance.”
Born in Pennsylvania in 1912, Como started off as a big band singer, then racked up a string of solo hits that included love songs like Till the End of Time and novelty tunes like Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom), both No. 1 chart hits. He recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for almost 45 years.
“The fact that Como ever lived on Long Island is a big deal because in the 1950s there weren’t many celebrities living here,” said Berman, who works out of the Elliman office in Port Washington.
“There are some remnants of Perry Como in the house, but it stands by itself,” she added. “Even if it wasn’t Perry Como’s house, it’s a very desirable and elegant home.”
Sands Point is rising in popularity with A Listers. The Village is among Showtime’s film sites for the television drama Billions, starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.
“Tennis star Bjorn Borg and baseball player Carlos Beltran have had homes here as well, as television celebrities and titans of industry,” Berman said. “Adam Sandler and Chris Rock rented waterfront homes here this summer while filming.”