Actor Jackie Gleason Once Owned this ‘Spaceship House’ Deep in the New York Woods
Jackie Gleason, the actor famous for The Jackie Gleason Show, The Honeymooners, and Smokey and the Bandit, had a life-long interest in UFOs and spaceships. So, it only makes sense that when we wanted to build an impressive home in New York's Hudson Valley near Peekskill and Cortland Manor he made one that looked like a spaceship.
It is called 'The Mothership' and there's even a cute little cottage that's called 'The Spaceship' on the 8-acre property. It was built in 1959 for about $650,000 and took five years to complete. That doesn't sound like a ton of money, but when you compare it to today's dollars, it's about $6 million dollars.
The house changed hands a few times after Jackie Gleason sold it to a CBS executive. At one point it was bought by an orthodontist in 1976 for $150,000. Recently it's been for sale for $12 million but hasn't sold. For a while, it was listed as a rental for about $4,000 a month. It would be a great place for a party or wedding.