Guernsey’s, long-known for producing innovative, eye-opening auctions, will be entering the world of prestigious Real Estate when it sells at auction one of New Jersey’s most prestigious properties on June 8, 2016.
In the late 1940’s, mob kingpin Albert Anastasia, Jr. selected a spectacular 1.3-acre site on the Palisades cliffs with sweeping Manhattan views on which to build his Italianate-styled mansion. With money being no object, his resulting home, situated at the end of a long, gated drive and amidst a park-like setting was nothing short of magnificent. Designated 75 Bluff Road, it was no wonder that the estate’s many spacious rooms, complete privacy, and proximity to New York City directly across the Hudson made it the ideal setting for many gangland gatherings.
On October 25, 1957, Mr. Anastasia’s ownership of the property, and indeed his life, came to a sudden end when he was assassinated while in the barber’s chair at NYC’s Park Sheraton Hotel. The ensuing years saw the property change hands twice to owners celebrated for their positive accomplishments that were in stark contrast to the efforts of the now late Mr. Anastasia. First Del Webb, part-owner of the New York Yankees, and then popular comedian Buddy Hackett found themselves the owners of this grand mid-twentieth century estate.
Forty years ago, the property was sold to its present owner, Arthur Imperatore. Highly regarded for his efforts to improve the New Jersey shoreline, Mr. Imperatore’s endeavor’s include the creation and current ownership of what has come to be considered a critical link between NYC and points West… the NY Waterway ferry system. Consulted by world leaders and a pioneer in many fund-raising activities including research into cancer cures, Mr. Imperatore is parting with the home following the recent passing of his wife.
Guernsey’s is being assisted in the presentation of this stunning estate by the luxury New Jersey real estate firm, Prominent Properties. Those wishing to inspect this important residence and learn further details prior to the auction can contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280, or visit the auction house’s website www.guernseys.com.