While he was filming the series that made him most famous — “The Honeymooners” — Jackie Gleason built himself a New York compound that was both a place to relax in nature and a nod to the actor’s fascination with UFOs.
And today his Round House, as it’s often referred to as, is on the market for a cool $12 million, and when you see the photos, we think you’ll find this historical shelter is worth every penny.
Gleason’s home, which took five years to build, is at 196 Furnace Dock Road in Cortland Manor, New York. The five-bedroom, four-full-baths and two-half-bath home sits on almost eight and a half acres in the Hudson Valley, surrounded by trees — and the three buildings on the property are built to take advantage of every single spectacular view.
The abode cost $650,000 to build in 1959, and was prefabricated by a shipbuilder in an airplane hanger, then erected on the property.
Howard Payson with Re/Max Town & Country says the home “exemplifies the comedian’s style and flamboyant persona.” You can see it from the very first view as you drive up, with the round Mother Ship, with its two bedrooms and two full baths, with a gorgeous spherical foyer, private library and a marble staircase to the third level.
It also has two bars and three Italian marble fireplaces, as well as a cardroom. The master bedroom has round bed (eight feet in diameter) and a master suite with a round shower that is complete with more than 10 shower heads — Jackie Gleason spared no expense on this retreat.
“One-hundred yards from ‘Mother’ is a cottage (aka ‘Space Ship’) with a kitchen, fireplace, and bath, all circular by design,” Payson said.
The property also has a broadcasting studio, which Gleason used when he wanted to get away from it all, but also needed to continue to work.
The home also includes two pools, and tons of stunning views and places to entertain both inside and out.