In an exclusive area known as the Gold Coast of New York’s Long Island, a modern home that was remodeled by prominent architect Richard Meier—and comes with an outdoor, three-story slide—is coming on the market for $18 million.
In Sands Point, N.Y., a neighborhood filled with lavish turn-of-the-century estates and which inspired the location of East Egg in “The Great Gatsby,” the roughly 3-acre property named Steamboat Landing is owned by the Maidman family. Harry Maidman said his grandfather Richard Maidman, a prominent New York City landlord, bought the property in 1971 from the Brooklyn Archdiocese, which used it as a retreat for nuns, and hired Mr. Meier to reimagine it. The elder Mr. Maidman died in 2016, and the property is now held in a family trust.
The Maidman house came along early in Mr. Meier’s career, well before he designed the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain or the Getty Center in Los Angeles. At the time, the house was in poor condition and lacked “an identifiable style,” according to Mr. Meier’s website. “What it did have was a magnificent setting, including 100-year-old maple and oak trees and a park-like surround sloping gently down to a sandy beach.”
Mr. Meier extensively renovated the roughly 4,600-square-foot, three-level property and re-configured it, putting the common family areas on the ground floor, the master bedrooms on the middle floor and the children’s bedrooms on top. The geometric white house has a curved facade and clerestory windows. Mr. Meier also designed all of the built-in furniture, which will be included in the sale.
The corkscrew slide serves the top-floor bedrooms. It was the brainchild of Mr. Maidman’s first wife, Lynne Maidman Manning, who attended a school with a similar slide in Arizona during World War II and fell in love with the idea, her grandson said.