Robert Ripley was an American cartoonist who was best known for creating the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio and television shows, renown for featuring odd facts and artifacts from across the globe. His international success led him to purchase an island in Mamaroneck, which he dubbed "BION Island," an acronym for his “Believe It or Not” series.
Prior to Ripley's household fame, the entertainer grew an audience through his comics, which were comprised of tidbits ranging from sports trivia to little-known facts from unusual and exotic places. At their height, Ripley's cartoons had an estimated readership of 80 million people worldwide, kickstarting him into other forms of media. In the 1930's, Ripley recorded live radio shows and filmed a short film series for his "Believe It or Not" brand.
Though originally from California, Ripley established full-time residency BION Island. His sprawling Westchester home was piled high with artifacts from across the globe and included everything from javelins, elephant tusks and boomerangs to skeletons and war drums. The popularity of Ripley's estate soon caught on, and others began building homes on picturesque island.
Nearly 80 years after Ripley purchased the property from movie theater architect John Eberso, BION Island is currently home to some of New York's wealthiest residents. The exclusivity of the island is part of the reason a home hasn't been on the market for nearly 30 years, until now. One of only two homes on the island, 833 Taylors Lane in Mamaroneck is currently listed by Brian Milton of Houlihan Lawrence for $3,995,000 and features history that dates back to the golden age of entertainment.
Built in 1963, 833 Taylors Lane, which shares an island with Ripley's former estate, features panoramic views of the Long Island Sound and offers a boathouse with docks for swimming or boating. The interior of the private estate includes an elevator, three-car garage and a sunroom, perfect for taking in early-fall weather.
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