Hastings Shaw Estate May Have Elevator, Babysitter Room

The "NY Post" reported plans Tuesday for billionaire David E. Shaw's $75 million mega-mansion in Hastings.

A house so big it needs its own security guard for the construction site—

Last year,

According to a NY Post report yesterday, the mega-mansion belongs to hedge fund billionaire David E. Shaw, his wife Beth Kobliner, and their three children.

When we first reported on the planned development in March, 2011, the owner was still keeping a very low profile, with his name not disclosed during the permit approval process. 

The lot that will now have one enormous mansion was once home to five distinct estates belonging to the Aranow, Mitzman and Freitag families.

Shaw purchased the three properties separately in 2005, 2006 and 2008 for a total of around $16 million, village officials said. 

According to The Post's report, the home will contain: an indoor swimming pool, an elevator, a media room, exercise rooms and a tennis court.  It may even have a designated babysitter's room.  

Shaw is a computer scientist and founder of D.E. Shaw & Co., "a global investment and technology development firm."  He now serves as Chief Scientist of D.E. Shaw Research LLC.  

Read the full story in the NY Post here. 

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Lizzie Hedrick August 02, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Last year, residents expressed strong reactions to such a large (and enigmatic) home being built in Hastings. What's your take now, knowing more?
Gina August 02, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I think that this type of home isn't proper for Hastings. It will be out of place. I also heard that there will be a helipad there. I have a BIG issue with this, as I'm sure so will a lot of other residents regarding the noise of the helicopter. Hastings is not zoned for this type of home. Why was this approved to begin with?????
coffeeisforclosers August 02, 2012 at 06:29 PM
With the once upon a time 'village' of Hastings on Hudson now sorely lacking diversity, a monolith such as this shouldn't surprise. Look at Hastings Mayor Swiderski and the Board of Trustees. The "green" community of Hastings is integrating BP into the fabric of the village. Have you seen the union town scoreboard. Hastings has turned from a once unique village into just another entitled faceless suburban community. Re: why this was approved. Hastings was broke, the building fees saved the village, but more importantly Mayor Swiderski could care less, despite his empty words. Peter Swiderski is the worst thing that ever happened to Hastings on Hudson.
BybyHastings August 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Because for the first time in history, Hastings has a corporate mayor.
Hastings Resident (With a Tear in Eye) August 02, 2012 at 10:05 PM
This shouldn't come as a surprise, Hastings on Hudson has welcomed B.P., weaving the corporate pariah into the fabric of the village. Gentrified suburbia on the Hudson. The is no diversity among its residents, take a look at it's Mayor and Board of Trustees. Hastings is a shell of what it once was, residents took their eye of the ball, this is the result.
BybyHastings August 02, 2012 at 10:55 PM
At least Mr. Shaw has better taste than Hastings residents that have built their ugly Mac-mansions on tiny lots.
Gene Casey August 03, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Gene Casey , Having grown up inone of one of the L.I. shore towns where new "grand" homes were replacing original appropriate homes I realized how quickly the architecturial balance of a neighborhood and town can be lost. You lose a partof history and a part of the
Linda Keil August 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
All over Westchester supersized houses are being built. No one really needs 20,000 to 38,000 sq.ft. to have a happy life. They are filling some other emptiness in their greedy lives. It's pathetic....only trouble is it effects the community and the planet.
Anna Cabana August 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
hmm, is it really anyone's business what someone needs to make them happy? and is that house really such a problem? looks like it will sit off the road and not really "be in the way" of anything. I don't know these people and struggle financially myself, but I'm not really understanding what it's such a big deal.


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