La Selva, Estate of the Day
As Ellen Yan writing for Newsday documents, this home has quite a story behind it. She reports that this home was put on the market by Sylvia Kumar, the wife of imprisoned, former Computer Associates chief Sanjay Kumar. The home in Upper Brookville, New York is on 24 acres. The home known as La Selva was once used by the Roman Catholic Church as the St. Francis Retreat House.
Sanjay Kumar was ordered by a federal judge to pay back $798 million to shareholders after he pled guilty to securities fraud. Even if the home sold at list price, $17 million, it will be just a drop in the bucket. The home was bought by Sylvia Kumar from St. Francis Monastery for $6.75 million in 2001. The 1915 Italian Renaissance-style mansion has a domed rotunda, a loggia, a winding staircase, a library, two dining rooms, seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. There is also a three-bedroom cottage and a walled carriage house with six bedrooms, a workshop and a heated garage or space for five stables on the grounds. It probably needs some updates but it is a real beauty if for the rotunda alone.
Gallery: La Selva