Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Having it all

Shelter Island residence complete with its own nightclub, squash court and swimming pool fails to sell in two years despite price cut of £2.6 million to £15.7 million

 

Most people wouldn’t build a holiday home with 40 rooms but then most people aren’t the hedge funder Marco Birch. In 1999, he and his wife purchased a small house on 7.5 acres on Long Island and then pulled it down and built a colossal 23,000 square foot residence complete with its own nightclub in the basement. They’ve been trying to sell it since 2013 and have most recently cut the price by £2.6 million ($4 million, €3.6 million).

 

Having it all – 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, New York, NY 11964, United States of America
Having it all – 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, New York, NY 11964, United States of America

 

Known quite plainly as 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, the property – which has been reduced in price from £18.2 million ($28.5 million, €26 million) in February 2013 to £15.7 million ($24.5 million, €22.3 million) today – has 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms but what makes it special is that after the Birch family realised that “Shelter Island doesn’t have a lot of large entertainment [spaces], clubs or bars” and thus built a vast nightclub with disco, home theatre and alabaster bar in the basement to use for fundraisers and private parties. It is soundproofed, air conditioned and has a dance pole (that Curbed controversially described as a “stripper pole” in March 2013), a sound system by Steve Dash and lighting by the team behind that at New York’s (since closed) Kiss & Fly Club.

 

In addition and ideally for a couple who like having it all, the house also has a dining room that currently houses a table that seats 26 people, an eat-in wine cellar with capacity for 2,850 bottles, a squash court, a tennis court, a heated waterfront gunite swimming pool, a spa and a 100-foot dock.

 

Having it all – 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, New York, NY 11964, United States of America
The lower level includes a soundproofed nightclub with a sound system designed by Steve Dash, a dance pole and an alabaster bar

Having it all – 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, New York, NY 11964, United States of America
This is a house designed for those who like to entertain

Having it all – 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, New York, NY 11964, United States of America
There are dining spaces for a whole variety of occasions

Having it all – 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, New York, NY 11964, United States of America
And also spaces for those who love to look out to sea

Having it all – 9 and 15 Little Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, New York, NY 11964, United States of America
Leisure facilities include a heated gunite pool, a squash court and a tennis court

 

The selling agent listed with the task of finding someone who require a holiday home of such proportions is Beate V. Moore of Sotheby’s International Realty’s Bridgehampton office.

 

 

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