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Take up Residence in Jackie Gleason’s UFO in Cortlandt Manor


Looking for a stellar property? Set course ‘straight to the moon’ in famed actor Jackie Gleason’s Cortlandt “Mothership” UFO abode.

Location: 196 Furnace Dock Rd., Cortlandt Manor

Description: When we talk about Gleason’s anywhere in the vicinity of Peekskill, it’s a fair bet we’re referring to the popular South Street pub and not it’s famous namesake. For once, however, we really do mean comedic legend Jackie Gleason because his former home in neighboring Cortlandt Manor has officially hit the market.

Tucked in the woods of the Hendrick Hudson School District, this five-bedroom residence of 7,450 square feet sports four full and two half-baths. Actually, “square feet” is a bit misleading: For Gleason, an avid UFOlogist and fan of the paranormal, the big draw of this home is its saucer-shaped design. The 8.49-acre property was developed in 1959 and prominently features a 50-foot diameter edifice affectionately dubbed the “Mother Ship,” as well as a smaller “space ship” cottage and a traditionally rectangular guesthouse.

Asking price: $12,000,000

Selling points: We’re head over heels for the central AC, two bars, five fireplaces, two in-ground pools, attached garage, and a master suite that includes an 8-foot diameter round bed with overhead television and a custom round bath with more than 10 showerheads. This property is great for guests, as well, thanks to the additional cottage and guesthouse. Oh, and the house is a piece of New York entertainment history.

Downside: Pretty much every cabinet, appliance, and shelf you want to install or replace is going to have to be a custom job.

Listing agent: Howard Payson, Re/Max Town & Country

Related: What Westchester Readers Think About UFOs and Sightings

Jackie Gleason's UFO home

Jackie Gleason’s UFO home

Jackie Gleason's UFO home
wooden bar area
circular kitchen
Jackie Gleason's UFO homepool table
Jackie Gleason's UFO home
spiral staircase
circle bed
Jackie Gleason's UFO home
small dining area
Jackie Gleason's UFO home

The cottage:

Jackie Gleason's UFO home

The cottage

And of course the more hum-drum guesthouse:


The guesthouse exterior

spacious room with fireplace

The guesthouse interior

Jackie Gleason's UFO home

Inside the guesthouse

an open kitchen

The guesthouse kitchen

Jackie Gleason's UFO home

Guesthouse bathroom

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