French Chateau: Brooksville, LI

[nggallery id=79 template=”sliderview” display_content=”0”] Brooksville, LITo appreciate the scope and grandeur of 15 Dupont Court, one must think big. In fact, to call this home a mere house won’t do. It’s rather a limestone mansion designed in the tradition of the historic mansions of Newport and the aristocratic elegance of Versailles. The developer, Sammy Benmoha, aimed to capture this timelessness, while taking particular care with every detail.

Located on a gated six-acre estate with French-style terraced gardens, the residence is a study in a home that is both a perfect setting for the exhibition of art and a piece of art itself. Architect Izzy Rozen worked painstakingly on this mansion in the artistic old-world style for which he is known. Originally from Russia, this artist has a vision with no limits; the hand-sketched plans are pieces of art unto themselves, displaying his classical style and holistic approach. Collaboratively, Benhoma and Rozen worked on the home’s interior and exterior, designing the floor patterns, moldings, ceilings, room layouts, placement of marble accents and custom features.

Meticulous design, combined with the highest quality materials and top-notch craftsmanship, defines the interior spaces. The library’s pure oak panels were designed, cut and assembled piece by piece on site, while nine different varieties of stone can be found in the house, each hand picked for a specific purpose. The chevronpatterned floor of the grand foyer consists of 69 slabs of three-quarter-inch veined Calcutta Gold and Nero Marquina marble varieties. Interior door hinges and hardware were custom designed and handmade by Von Morris Corp. in Camden, NJ, and the solid rubbed brass handles display an intrecciato pattern to evoke the fine woven leather of Bottega Veneta.

Though the home’s grandeur architectural style is firmly set in an architectural tradition, the next homeowner will have plenty of opportunities for customization. Benmoha installed certain infrastructures in the lower level to support features he knew a prospective buyer would enjoy.

The opulence of this French Chateau-style mansion is classic and timeless. The centerpiece mansion will never go out of style, and, if its old-world counterparts are any indication, it will only continue to get better with age.

Photography Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

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