Dream homes in the Hamptons have it all - big pool, tennis court, home theater, putting green, wine cellar - but only one has a nightclub, drawbridge, and 24-Karat gold paint on the tennis court. Party goers flock to the fabled estate all summer long begging entrance to exotic themed parties that go on long after the sun has set. The infamous estate in Water Mill, owned by former banking executive and now philanthropist pop star Ivan Wilzig, is known simply as "The Castle".
"Nobody else has 24-Karat gold leaf paint on their tennis court or volleyball court or on their basketball net," remarked Sir Ivan as we recently spoke about his 8-bedroom Hamptons manse. "Every guest room has a theme - Asian, Roman, Bali, even King Tut, and a Moroccan loft." The nightclub, where he threw a decadent costumed launch party for his "La La Land" single this past summer, features strobe lights, ultra-violet black lights, lava lamps, lasers, and smoke machines.
Diamonds on his "Peaceman" cape and in his window design. (Photo: Fidel Amos)
Sir Ivan, who goes by the moniker "The Peaceman" when performing, recently renovated the exteriors of the lavish 15,000 square foot Medieval-style Hamptons home which he built with his brother Alan Wilzig in the mid-1990s on five prime acres. The brothers each enjoyed a luxuriously appointed master bedroom suite in one of the castles two towers. "We [my wife Karin and I] shared the Castle with Ivan for 10 years until we started having kids and bought a big farm near Hudson, NY," explained Alan. A former banking executive now a semi-pro race car driver, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, It was "Alan [and his wife Karin who] did it all" during the year-long construction including "restoring all of the antiques and painting ceiling medallions," says Sir Ivan.
The estate now boasts according to Sir Ivan the "largest gates in the Hamptons" as well as a moat and drawbridge with seven waterfalls. A recent addition to the infinity pool is an astonishingly realistic, and very nude, dragon goddess sculpture, fashioned after Sir Ivan's former girlfriend, created by Hampton's artist Roby Braun. This dramatic work of art is flanked by a pair of fire cauldrons that shoot flames dramatically over 5-feet in the air.
The dragon goddess sculpture by Roby Braun seems to float in the center of the pool as cauldrons of fire sit ready to shoot flames into the night sky. (Photo: Bobby Bank)
It's not all techno parties and priceless castles for Sir Ivan whose Peaceman Foundation donated $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a suicide and crisis hotline for LGBTQ youth. The Peaceman is working on the video for his latest single, "Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye" which furthers his message of respect and understanding. There is also a reality show featuring Sir Ivan and his family in the works.
"The Castle" includes a tennis court, four over-sized fireplaces, eight-car garage, two large spas - one indoor and one outdoor - that can accommodate a party of 10 with ease, 11 bathrooms, wrought iron balconies, a large indoor dry sauna also for a party of 10 that converts to steam, fully equipped gym, two staff bedrooms, dragon and griffin statues, and, of course, a dungeon filled with stuffed bunny rabbits. It sure is good to be the King.
The King of his Castle, Sir Ivan takes the stage with giant glow-sticks to launch his "La La Land" single this summer. (Photo: Bobby Bank)
Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com