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Vince Camuto Long Island Villa Maria

Vince Camuto's Long Island Home

Let’s all take a mini mental getaway for a sec and pretend we’re the proud owners (or at least, besties with the proud owners) of this ridiculously stunning Long Island estate. Because this gorgeous villa, which dates back to the late 1910s Jazz Age, is exactly the kind of place I could spend my days and nights. You?

Featured in Architectural Digest, the home is owned by Vince and Louise Camuto, he of the eponymous clothing line (and as I also discovered, the force behind Nine West back in the 1970s, and current owner of the Jessica Simpson fashion label — who knew?). The Camuto’s came across the home when it was put on the market in 2005, after belong to a nunnery for almost 70 years — it had been used as a school, retirement home, and spiritual center. And before that, the home had belonged to Edward Morse, an early 1900s shipping tycoon.

Dubbed Villa Maria by the nuns, the home had fallen into disrepair over the years, and the Camuto’s spent four years re-building and renovating the property. My favorite features? It’s a toss up between the incredible domed sunroom, or the 60 foot living room that used to be a ballroom (how Gatsby is that?). Here are some additional pictures of the home: 



What do you think? Could you move right in? Check out the rest of the home here!

{Image Credits: Scott Frances for Architectural Digest, July 2013}

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  1. 6.13.13
    Katherine said:

    My goodness. It’s STUNNING!

  2. 6.13.13
    Rachelle said:

    OMG if this was my home I would never go out.


  3. 6.13.13

    OHHH soo nice!
    Looks beautiful!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  4. 6.13.13
    Meghan said:

    Oh my word speak about gorgeous , can’t even deal ! Totally picturing myself sipping on something amazing reading something amazing and having an amazing time.

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

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  6. 6.13.13
    Brenna said:

    I am swooooning over these photos. The images scream East Egg glamour – I swear this house looks just like the Buchanan’s does in my head.

    xx, Bubbly in Brooklyn

  7. 6.13.13
    Anne said:

    OBSESSED! I absolutely adore a white palette… if only I didn’t have two rambunctious beagles:)

  8. 6.13.13

    A dream!

  9. 6.13.13
    Alexa said:

    Wow. Very impressive. And very Gatsby!

  10. 6.13.13

    i couldn’t move in, but i could definitely stay awhile :)

  11. 6.13.13

    Wow, how beautiful. I feel like they could have easily used this house for Gatsby:) xo!

  12. 6.13.13

    When can I move in?! The house is just stunning, not to mention, beautifully maintained for its age!

  13. 6.13.13

    This house is STUNNING! I absolutely, positively could move right on in! haha

  14. 6.13.13

    Oh my goodness! This place is absolutely stunning! I would love to visit for awhile … and maybe never leave!

  15. 6.13.13
    Kasia said:

    Umm yes please!! Literally love every single room. Stunning!

  16. 6.13.13
    Allison said:

    I love how big the kitchen is! I would love having so much space to work with!

    The house in general is pretty stunning! I love how much natural light there is.

  17. 6.14.13
    Tori said:

    Packing my bags!

  18. 6.14.13

    Let’s timeshare it?

  19. 6.14.13
    Lauren said:

    The Camuto’s “main” house is in the town I grew up in – Greenwich, CT. So cool! Love this!