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Living it large

Brooklyn’s largest and most expensive waterfront residence is anything but modest

 

Built for a self-proclaimed “titan of the business world” named John Rosatti in 1989, 2458 National Drive in Brooklyn’s Mill Basin is a property with an equally large ego. Standing on a 60,000 square foot plot complete with two substantial residences with a total internal floor space of 23,000 square foot, here is a property where everything has been done to excess.

 

The 2458 National Drive compound includes two residences and 257 feet of waterside frontage
The 2458 National Drive compound includes two residences and 257 feet of waterside frontage
John Rosatti built the compound in the 1980s and describes himself as "the personification of the American Dream" and a "family man, entrepreneur and titan of the business world"
John Rosatti built the compound in the 1980s and modestly describes himself as “the personification of the American Dream” and a “family man, entrepreneur and titan of the business world”
Anna and Galina Anissimova pictured in 2005 © Rob Rich
Anna and Galina Anisimova pictured in 2005 © Rob Rich

Sold to the Florida based ex-wife of Russian billionaire Vasily Anisimov, Galina Anisimova in 1996 for $3.7 million (£2.2 million), the compound is said to have been the subject of a $30 million (£17.6 million) refurbishment directed by interior decorator Noel Jeffrey and now includes a vast array of features. Amongst them are 10 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, media rooms, 4 kitchens, 5 staff rooms and indoor parking for 7 cars. There is a circular meditation room, an outdoor pavilion with seating for 40, a Lalique fireplace surround and 257 feet of “waterside frontage and docks for a variety of watercraft”.

 

Noel Jeffrey redesigned the interior of the property for Anissimova
Noel Jeffrey redesigned the interior of the property for Anisimova
The entrance gallery in the main residence
The entrance gallery in the main residence
One of many reception rooms
One of many reception rooms
A circular meditation room is one of many unusual features
A circular meditation room is one of many unusual features
One of ten bedrooms complete with a spectacular view over the Jamaica Bay shoreline
One of ten bedrooms complete with a spectacular view over the Jamaica Bay shoreline
The entrance to the main residence has a look of an office building rather than a home
The entrance to the main residence has a look of an office building rather than a home

Sadly for Anisimova – whose daughter, Anna, is frequently described as the “Russian-American Paris Hilton” – 2458 National Drive doesn’t look set to have produced a great return on her $33.7 million (£19.8 million) investment as the property has been on the market for just $30 million (£17.6 million) since late 2013.

 

Decorated in a “hotel-like fashion”, it is, however, Brooklyn’s most expensive property ever listed and definitely the place to live it large. It is for sale through James Cornell of Corcoran.

 

 

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7 comments on “Living it large”

    1. Brooklyn boasts the best kosher delicatessens in the world, David and Victoria Beckham had a bloody good time there, hardly a dump.

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