Gloria Crest, surprisingly named for the location and not Gloria Swanson, was built in 1926 by Count Stefan Poniatowski, heir to the Polish throne. The Count had made millions in the silk industry and built the mansion as a testament to his wealth. His wife, Edythe, landscaped the walled five acres with exotic gardens which still contain rare horticultural examples today. When the stock market crashed, the Count and Countess sold the villa to Joseph Kennedy, patriarch of the Kennedy clan. Joe turned around and gifted it to his mistress, film star Gloria Swanson.
One of Gloria’s perks of the affair with Joe was the gift of this elegant Englewood, New Jersey mansion.
Sited on five landscaped acres with rare specimen plantings, the grounds of this 24,000 square foot mansion also have a pool, pool house and aviary, stream, lake, waterfall, island and pavillion. The interior contains eight bedrooms, fourteen bathrooms, banquet sized formal rooms, music bar room, den, library, chef’s kitchen, elevator, seven-car garage, greenhouse, staff quarters, gym, grotto, steam, spa, media room, wine cellar and a mind blowing list of additional amenities.
TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports that film star Gloria Swanson’s gift from clandestine lover Joseph Kennedy was asking $39 million. Now asking $29.9 million.