Who Really Bought Dunnellen Hall?

Rumors have been spreading that Billy Joel bought the former Leona Helmsley Estate on 521 Round Hill Rd. but his publicist has denied it. 
Public records simply state 521 Corporation, 230 Park Ave, #659 – bought it for $35M, and according to tax records, only 9.16 acres were sold for this price. For the last list price of $55M it included over 40 acres…the original list price was $125 in 2007 after the last owner’s death.
This property has not exactly enjoyed the best of luck:
When I toured the house, it had recently been reduced to the last list price.  Aside from the expected, obvious taste in decor/furnishings, the absolutely breathtaking view and property and the enormity of the house itself, my less published observations were the dramatic disparity between the servant portion of the house and the Queen’s living quarters. I also found it curious that they hadn’t removed a huge stain that was by her highness’s bed in very dense ivory carpeting. Preserving memory? A marked spot? I thought that it was just plain weird.

One response to “Who Really Bought Dunnellen Hall?”

  1. Certainly a beautiful property. It is possible that not all of the acreage be listed with the 521 RHR address. Sometimes when a property has vast amounts of land, it will more often have multiple addresses for what are considered vacant lots. Just a thought.

    Also, in regards to the so called bad luck or curse, I believe it is nonsense. The majority of the people who experienced bad luck in the house had made bad personal and financial decisions, mostly illegal ones. Those individuals were responsible for there own downfalls. This is a beautiful house and it served the Topping family well for many, many years. I hope whoever owns this fine house, treats it with the respect it deserves.


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