Whitney Boathouse on the market for $11.9 million

Whitney Boathouse on the market for $11.9 million
The Whitney Boathouse has been listed for $11.9 million. (Photo courtesy of Zillow)

The Whitney Boathouse, one of the largest estates on the Manhasset waterfront and the former retreat of John Hay “Jock” Whitney, has been listed for sale at $11.9 million.

The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home at 95 Lake Road was built in 1910, and was used by Whitney, a venture capitalist, art collector, American ambassador to the United Kingdom, thoroughbred horse breeder, decorated Air Force captain, newspaper publisher, philanthropist, Republican fundraiser, and film financier, as a weekend estate.

The boathouse was separate from the 500-acre Greentree Estate owned by the Whitney family, parts of which over time were sold or gifted.

Most notably, the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society, now the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, received a portion of the former apple orchard, and donated property on Community Drive would later house North Shore University Hospital, where Whitney eventually died in 1982.

The remaining 408 acres are owned and maintained by the Greentree Foundation.

In its listing on Zillow.com, the lot’s entire size is listed 38,699 square feet.

Features include central air, an indoor heated pool and spa, numerous patios and decks, a pier accessing a large dock, a private beach and a guest house, among other amenities.

Zillow also lists the home as having been sold in 1999 for $3.3 million, with the sale to the current owners coming in 2002 for $4.83 million.

Currently, the home is represented by Maria Babaev of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.


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  1. That’s quite the impressive mansion! I was surprised to learn that these are regularly being sold (and bought), because when that sort of sales makes the news, it’s usually because this or that celebrity is involved or because it’s interesting for a local media, but these sales are actually quite common.


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