Billy Joel has been a world-famous musician for nearly 50 years, recording chart-topping songs and hosting sold-out concerts. Throughout his lengthy career, he has had an incredible track record of success. After over 20 years of ownership and substantial renovations, Joel has recently listed his sprawling Long Island estate, Middlesea, for more than double his purchase price.
Middlesea is a vast estate on over 26 acres of land in the village of Centre Island. Joel purchased the home with 14 acres in 2002 for $22.5 million. He bought additional acreage surrounding the property and, in recent years, the home has undergone substantial renovations. He is now listing this one-of-a-kind waterfront residence for $49 million.
The home has unique features that make it stand out to the right buyer. For starters, the privacy is unparalleled. This gated home encompasses substantial acreage on the island and feels far removed from New York City, just 40 miles away.
The estate’s setting is a significant element of its appeal, with 2,000 feet of private waterfront along Oyster Bay Harbor that includes a private beach, a floating dock, and a boat ramp.
The property has several different living options across its grounds. The expansive 20,000-square-foot main house has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. Guests have a variety of places to stay, including a three-bedroom apartment, a three-bedroom beach house, or a four-bedroom guest house. With a maintenance house as well, the home is, essentially, a massive compound with near-limitless living space and breathtaking waterfront views.
The main house is currently under renovation as Joel spruces up the home. But it is already equipped with some remarkable features that will make it an unparalleled addition to the market. The unique exterior has a stunning red brick facade and architectural flourishes, including a dome, multiple bay windows, and archways. Also, with six fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, a wine cellar, and a massive chef’s kitchen, its interior has comfort and style.
The property comes with amenities that most resorts are unequipped to offer. There are two in-ground pools as well as an indoor pool. A helipad makes transportation easy and fast, and a large indoor bowling alley is perfect for entertaining. With multiple covered porches and patios, four garages, a main house elevator to all floors, an exercise room, and space for whatever additional amenities a homeowner could conceive of, it is a one-of-a-kind compound that has nearly every comfort available.
Joel has built an extensive real estate portfolio, including a house in the Hamptons and a horse farm, also on Long Island. He is rumored to be making a long-term move to Florida now. While Middlesea has just arrived on the market, it will remain one of the most remarkable Long Island properties listed.