Historic Brick House On the Market in Roslyn Heights

A piece of Long Island history is up for sale. The 1820 Roslyn mansion known as “Old Brick,” and previously owned by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, is on the market. Listed by Douglas Elliman, the home’s sale price is a whopping $3.3 million.

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The extravagant residence was once occupied by the Titus-Taber-Willets family, who lived on the land for nearly 300 years from 1653-1927. Forrestal, who worked within the Harry Truman administration, became the mansion’s new homeowner in 1927.

“Old Brick, one of the first brick homes built on Long Island, is a beautiful home rich in history and graciously restored with incredible attention to detail throughout,” said Douglas Elliman Associate Broker Traci Clinton.

Old Brick Home

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The residence epitomizes old-time elegance. There are 11 bedrooms, nine and a half baths and 10 fireplaces (five are original marble mantles from The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan!). Ornate molding and high ceilings bring years gone by to life, but Old Brick has modern features as well. The historic 7,600-square-foot home sits on a 1.5 acre property that includes a tennis court, in-ground pool, Bocce court, badminton court, guest cottage and a garage holding up to three cars. “[It’s] a grand estate, yet so warm and inviting,” Clinton added.