by Marcelle S. Fischler
Published: January 9, 2015
A nearly new, postmodern, eco-friendly mansion on almost four waterfront acres in Sands Point, N.Y., an affluent village on the North Shore of Long Island, is poised to enter the market at $38 million.
Completed in June, the gated estate has a circular drive, a sculpture garden, a golf green and a sandy beach on Long Island Sound. Property taxes are $122,086 a year.
The multilevel, 15,000-square-foot house has geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, a sedum-covered organic roof, a maintenance-free porcelain and zinc facade and two cisterns that capture and reuse rainwater for irrigation. An application is pending that would deem it one of the largest residences nationwide with silver-level LEED certification for sustainability. Wired as a “smart house,” it has iPad-controlled LED lights, thermostat, audio system and shades.
The villa is being sold by Sonny Chabra, the chairman and chief executive of ASI System Integration, a provider of information technology services.
Initially intending to build a multigenerational family compound, Mr. Chabra bought the property in the late 1990s, knocked down the existing house and enlisted Stuart Narofsky, an architect based in Long Island City. The home was still being designed in 2001 when the stock market, and Mr. Chabra’s fortune, tumbled. In 2005, financial losses again forced him to delay. “It took me several years to put together,” he said.
When construction was restarted in 2009, green technologies and optimizing water views were paramount. “I wanted to have a view from every room,” Mr. Chabra said, “every bedroom, every public area.”
It took four years to build the house, which has 21-foot ceilings and floating staircases bracketing a great room awash in natural light. Mr. Chabra collected modern art and commissioned custom art installations during travels abroad. “I wanted the house to look like a work of art,” he said.
But by 2013, when Mr. Chabra, his wife, Parvinder, and their three now-grown children moved in, Ms. Chabra, a homemaker, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was using a cane. A year later, when the final details — including a massage room with blue LED lighting, a steam room, a dry sauna and a rooftop tee box for 90-yard drives to a golf green on the lawn — were completed, she needed a walker.
Though the house has an elevator, and rooftop vegetable boxes were raised to make gardening easier, Mr. Chabra decided to sell. Anticipating his wife’s future needs, he is planning to build a more accessible home nearby.
The eight-bedroom nine-full- and four-half-bath house, with interiors by Jennifer Rusch and furnishings largely from Roche Bobois, is being sold furnished. “It’s a turnkey situation,” said Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates, the listing broker.
The great room has multiple seating clusters, a formal rectangular dining table and a casual round dining table. Four orange leather lounge chairs form a conversation circle next to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sound. A river rock fireplace separates the great room and den. Neutral-toned Italian porcelain tile floors have radiant heat.
Because Indian food can be “messy” with spicy smells, Mr. Chabra said, the sleek, minimalist Eggersmann kitchen has only hidden Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers, a microwave and built-in coffee maker and a breakfast bar. Behind a pocket door is a second, working kitchen with Gaggenau, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances.
A red and black billiards room has a granite-topped wet bar with a beer kegerator, a trio of built-in wine coolers, two flat-screen televisions, a round wall-mounted ethanol-burning fireplace and wood floors. Hidden behind the wine coolers is a panic room.
The den overlooks a 50-foot indoor pool and spa on the lower level. Also downstairs is another kitchen, a waterfront gym and a squash/half basketball court. A home theater with couch seating shares space with a golf simulator.
Upstairs, a low sectional sofa with bright pink and floral cushions punctuates an informal lounge with a plexiglass surround overlooking the great room. Next door is a prayer room.
The master suite has a hanging fireplace, two separate closets and baths and a balcony. A second master-size bedroom opens to a roof deck.
The home has a five-car garage. Included in the sales price is a golf cart to traverse the property and the services of a driver, a housekeeper and a private chef for a year, Mr. Elliott said.