“There was something magical about the place,” said Vince Camuto, the late footwear impresario, recalling his first visit to Villa Maria (AD, July 2013) some ten years ago. Although the Jazz Age mansion—then occupied by a group of nuns—was in need of major repairs, Camuto was in awe of its grand scale and scenic setting on Mecox Bay. After acquiring the 11-bedroom estate, he enlisted architect Andre Tchelistcheff to spearhead a restoration and landscape guru Edmund Hollander to update the 15-acre grounds, which include a guest cottage, carriage house, and pool. Listed for $72 million, this 21,000-square-foot home has 11 bedrooms and 12.5 baths. Contact: Bespoke Real Estate, 631-500-9030; bespokerealestate.com
The most relaxing outdoor space is undoubtedly the pool court, paved with sandstone and overlooking Mecox Bay.