“It was as close to heaven as you could get on Long Island.” So says Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) at the beginning of Billy Wilder’s beloved 1954 classic Sabrina, as she describes the Larrabee family mansion where she lives grew up with her father as a chauffeur. In truth, three different lots were used to portray the opulent oceanfront property in the film. And one of them, a stunning waterstruck brick and Indiana limestone property located approximately 25 miles northeast of Manhattan in Rye, New York is currently looking for a buyer!
The $11 million historic Georgian Colonial is located off a private road at the end of a long driveway at 315 Brevoort Ln. in Greenhaven, an affluent, wooded community that became a haven for Hollywood’s elite in the 1950s, earning it the nickname “The East Coast Beverly Hills.” (Please remember this is a private home. Do not enter or disturb residents or the property in any way.) Represented by Christy Murphy of Sotheby’s International Realty, the listing marks the first time in over two years that the Tony Pad is decades after it last changed hands in 1999 for $6.475 million.
The mansion, with an impressive facade lined with a row of white-framed windows, stands on the site of the former Brevoort Farm, a sprawling 200-acre homestead established in 1830 by wealthy landowner Henry Brevoort, replacing one in 1917 with Ormsby Mitchel of the original buildings constructed on the site, a baronial style residence known as “The Anchorage”.
To construct the building (which stuck to the nickname The Anchorage), Mitchel hired Mott B. Schmidt, the Pratt Institute-educated architect who later designed the Sutton Place townhouses of theater and literary agent Elisabeth Marbury, philanthropist Anne Morgan, and heiress designed by Anne Vanderbilt, transforming the predominantly industrial area into the exclusive Manhattan neighborhood it is today. The Anchorage was one of Schmidt’s first major works.