Mill Basin Mansion Of Russian Oligarch’s Ex-Wife On Sale For $30 Million

The ex-wife of a Russian minerals baron is putting her Mill Basin mansion (2458 National Drive) on the market for the reasonable asking price of $30 million. The New York Daily News is reporting that the asking price would make the mansion the most expensive home ever in Brooklyn.

The owner of this gaudy palace is Galina Anisimova, a woman once married to Russia’s 38th richest man. Anisimova’s property covers an expansive 23,000 feet, with 257 feet overlooking Jamaica Bay. It features 10 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, four kitchens and a dock that can hold 12 boats.

The broker of the home, James Cornell, noted that Anisimova spent $30 million transforming the mansion into what it is today after buying it for $3 million in 1996. The Daily News described other amenities featured in the home as well as its shady past:

Perfection includes garage space for seven cars, a circular meditation room inscribed with signs of the Zodiac and a 1,000-square-foot outdoor pool — larger than many Brooklyn apartments — beside which sits a gigantic gazebo with room for 50 guests.
The main house was built in the early 1990s by John Rosatti, a Brooklyn car dealership king and serial entrepreneur with reputed ties to the mob.
The house was his dream home until he sold it to Anissimova for $3 million in 1996 (a large sum at the time) following a six-figure lawsuit brought by state environmental regulators. The dock was built over protected wetlands, according to reports.

Famed appraiser Jonathan Miller summed up his reaction to the ridiculous asking price and his overall thoughts on the property to the Daily News:

“There’s actually an industry term for this, a ‘why me property,’ because when you show up, you ask yourself, ‘Why me?’” he said.
Miller said the property would be more at home in Fort Lauderdale than New York. “It almost looks like they floated it up here on a barge,” he said.

Exactly.

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