This 9 acre estate is located in Upper Brookville, NY. It was built in the early 80’s by billionaire Charles Wang who founded Computer Associates and bought the NY Islanders. He sold it for $3,135,000 back in May of 2007. It boasts 17,564 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, recreation room, indoor racquetball court, indoor swimming pool, outdoor swimming pool and much more. It is listed at $5,299,000.

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  • Daniel

    Can’t really tell what I’m looking at exterior-wise. The interior seems to have been beautifully remodeled in some rooms (Living and dining rooms, kitchen, indoor pool) but completely neglected in others (I swear I was looking at a circa 1982 photo with photo 5). I wish there was an address or more exterior photos so I could actually try and figure out how this place is planned. The land and surrounding forest look nice.




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  • Barney

    Just went to the Listing Agent’s website Dan, and they don’t give the exact address, just “Chicken Valley Rd”, in Upper Brookvile…….sorry, but that STREET NAME………that’s waaay to redneck for me. For West Virginia it’s fine, but NOT for upstate New York.

    I was gonna’ say that this place looks RIGHT UP MY ALLEY when I first saw some of the pics, but on closer inspection, the inside of the house is Much better than the outside. Very dark, and too traditional-colonial looking on the exterior, but the inside’s very nice. LOVE the location, all that space, and INDOOR AND OUTDOOR POOLS!!!!! As usual though, it’s ridiculously over-sized but the interior, location, lot size and pools are to outta’ sight.




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    • Daniel

      I think I’ve found it. Looks like its the one located at the corner of Chicken Valley and Laurel Woods Drive. The house looks like it was pushed to the extreme end of the lot, with a huge field of grass and a pool in the middle. Very odd either way. And architecturally, it looks very reminiscent of an elementary school, complete with child drop-off.




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  • Venom

    I like it a lot.
    Reminds me of one of my father’s friend’s houses when I was growing up.
    He was the only person I know that had a racquetball court in his house until this one.

    Indoor and outdoor pools are the way to go and the next house I build will have that. One of my father’s colleague’s did that years ago with his previous house and that really was the way to go. You can enjoy the indoor pool in the winter, but the problem is that an indoor pool will never be an outdoor pool no matter how open you make it.
    And a nice outdoor pool is about $50,000 so not really a big deal and quite worth it. Really surprised more people do not do this.




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    • Daniel

      I think the best attempt at an indoor/outdoor pool is this one:

      (The one in the fourth row): http://www.cmsa1.com/renovations.htm

      Even though it’s located in Florida directly on the ocean, it still attempts to blend the benefits of indoor and outdoor living. More pictures of that home are located under the “Residential” section of that site, last row.




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      • Venom

        That is gorgeous.
        Unfortunately you can only get away with something like that in Florida or another warm state.

        There is a rumor that there is a house in my town that has a lap pool that is half inside and half outside that you can swim under to get inside the house and has a partition that closes for when it gets cold, but I have never been able to get inside the house to confirm it.




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  • Mak

    TEAR DOWN TEAR DOWN TEAR DOWN!

    Oh! Wait…thats what Daniel is supposed to say! Sorry…

    Plenty of land to grow a nice garden of some primo weed.

    Thats my story and I’m sticking to it.




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  • Hugh

    This is an amazing property. The house surprised me. I love the sports centre.

    Not surprised it was built by a billionaire.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I agree with Barney on the exterior…it’s too traditional looking and dark…definitely doesn’t suggest a 17,000 sq ft home. The inside is a bit too reminiscent of an office building in many places…the dining room is an odd high point though in my opinion, it looks pretty nice. The rest is a little too disjointed for me. And, looking at the home from the air, via Daniel’s directions, I agree that it’s all laid out a little funky. I’m no expert, but the price does seem somewhat reasonable for the overall size, amount of land and location, but it’s still a definite pass for me.




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  • Grrrowler

    From the aerial shots it looks like several lean-tos surrounding a greenhouse. From the ground, it looks lovely. I love the grounds with the large lawn and woods. The interior, as has been pointed out, is hit and miss. Some of the rooms are stylish and very nice, others are terribly dated. I think the pool area surrounded by trees is great, but sadly it’s probably very shady most of the day. The indoor pool is nice, but it’s lacking some character and is a little too sterile for my taste. The kitchen is terrible, and the entertainment rooms look way too commercial.

    I much prefer the house across the road immediately to the west. And yes, the name of the road is really unfortunate. There are worse names (like Old Beaver Valley Road in Port Ludlow, WA) but it’s a terrible name.




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    • Venom

      I see your Old Beaver Valley Rd and I raise you Big Beaver Rd, in Troy Michigan….off of Exit 69….

      I don’t know who named it that and who allowed them to get away with it,but it is there. lol




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  • Al Robinson

    I am so DAMN tired of these realtors not listing the addresses. So I did:

    1335 Chicken Valley Rd
    Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1335-Chicken-Valley-Rd-Oyster-Bay-NY-11771/31157759_zpid/#{scid=hdp-site-map-bubble-address}

    Haha those stupid bitches.

    Thank you Daniel for the help.

    As for the home itself, I like it a lot. I think it’s cool. 🙂




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  • Tay

    I dont think this is Charles Wang’s house, i have friends who live in Oyster Bay right next to upper Brookville and Ive been right next to the grounds of this estate if you type in “charles Wang’s house” on google then you’ll see it on google maps or globetrotter. It’s a massive contemporary estate on the water. I don’t know who to trust lol….




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    • Kenny Forder

      This is supposedly his former home




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  • Tay

    And theres no way 9 acres in Upper Brookville, which is one of the wealthiest zipcodes in the U.S, is going for 5.3m …? The estate in my earlier post is located in Cove Neck, just north of there, which is just as exclusive.




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  • Tay

    ohhh I see Kenny..I was getting confused with the upstate New York comments and stuff. That price is still surprising to me though…




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  • richvanc

    Thank you Mak!!! A few acres of primo-weed would help all of us calm down, after the recent unpleasantness. I’m probably the only person to say I don’t like the interior… It doesn’t feel “homey”… it feels a bit elementary-school-ish. IMHO 😉




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    • NOVA Ben

      no, rich, the home doesn’t feel elementary school-ish, YOU feel elementary school-ish!!!

      (ok I swear I’m done poking fun at the whole “unpleasantness” thing) 😉




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