Preference, a masterpiece Georgian-style brick Manor House built as a wedding present for the granddaughter of oil magnate Charles Pratt, is listed for sale at 71 Old Tappan Rd. in Locust Valley.

Built by distinguished architect Thomas Hastings in 1926 on a 10-acre lot, this six-bedroom mansion has six bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 8,600 square feet of living space. The estate sits on the secluded, second-highest elevation of Long Island’s Gold Coast creating a tranquil and harmonious setting, according to the listing.

The winding driveway leads uphill past manicured lawns, specimen trees, flowering bushes, and perennials. Elegance and comfort reign in this spectacular home, from the gabled slate roof, the exquisite detailed carved wood moldings, 18th century chamfered cedar paneling in the living room, which conveys an air of gentility to the oval pool, tennis courts, and outside veranda.

The entry hall, with marble fireplace, details of the graceful iron, and mahogany staircase looks through to the expansive grounds beyond. The large dining room, perfect for gracious entertaining, opens onto an outdoor terrace. 

The house comes equipped with a three-car garage, guest and staff apartment, a cottage, and an in-ground pool.

The property is nearby Gold Coast parks and country clubs, about a mile from the Locust Valley Long Island Rail Road Station, and a short drive from downtown Glen Cove. It falls in the highly ranked Locust Valley School District.

The asking price is $4,200,000, not including the annual property taxes of $99,994.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Bonnie Devendorf and Amy Tansill of Daniel Gale Associates, Inc., who can be reached at 516-759-4800.

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