Long Island estate of composer John Philip Sousa in contract


The former Long Island estate of American composer John Philip Sousa in Sands Point is in contract. It was last asking $7.5 million — down from its original 2019 ask of $9.85 million.

Born in 1854, Sousa was known for the military marches he created including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis” before his death at age 77 in 1932. He created much of his composing at this waterfront estate known as Wildbank. He also served as Leader of the Marine Band under five US Presidents, from 1880 to 1892.

The property, at 12 Hicks Lane, is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It sits on 2.6 acres and comes with its own deepwater dock, private beach, gardens and views from the water to the Manhattan skyline.

Aerial of the estate.
Sousa’s onetime mansion sits on 2.6 acres.
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Exterior of the home's dock.
The Hicks Lane property includes a private dock.
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Interior of a kitchen.
A kitchen in the mansion.
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Interior of a living room.
There’s 6,000 square feet of living space inside the main house.
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Interior of bedroom inside the home.
There are six bedrooms in the main home, another two in the gatehouse.
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Exterior of a tennis court.
The property features a tennis court.
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A cozy fireplace.
A cozy fireplace.
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A dining area.
A dining area.
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There’s a 6,000-square-foot main house — with six bedrooms and 5½ baths, built in 1907 — and a two-bedroom gatehouse for guests along with a tennis court. The current owner bought the the home in the 1990s. The spread features two wine cellars, two generators, fireplaces, a gym and a wooden staircase with a walkway to the water.

Sousa also owned a landmarked property in the city at 80 Washington Place, where Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott stayed in 2021, as Gimme Shelter reported exclusively.

That Washington Place townhouse first hit the market for $28 million in 2012, Gimme reported. By 2019, it was asking $31.95 million. Currently, it’s on the market for $24.99 million.

The Sands Point listing broker is Douglas Elliman’s Maggie Keats. 



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