Just about a year ago, the Quogue home of designer Arnold Scaasi hit the market, listed by Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman. The house, shared with his partner of 50 years, Parker Ladd, was Scaasi’s home for decades until his death in 2015. The asking price of $4.95 million seemed a fantastic deal to us then, even considering the listing noted that “the home’s bones are solid and the architectural detailing exquisite (in fact, it was featured in Architectural Digest twice), the 1920 3-story structure needs a major renovation to restore it back to its former glory.”
The property offers 1.7 acres and 472 feet of bulkheading right on the bay, along with views to Dune Road and the ocean. It sold for a slightly unbelievable $2.8 million; the buyer is rumored to be Mitchell Udell, CEO of Mori Lee, a maker of special occasion dresses (nice bit of symmetry there). Even adding in, say, a million dollars for renovation, that’s a bargain. (The listing also noted that the house could be replaced with a 6000 square foot new edifice.)
The house is a gracious old 1920 edifice with 4000 square feet of space and seven bedrooms and 6.5 baths. It’s likely that one thing the depressed the price of the property was Scaasi’s old-school outrageous interior decorating. Scaasi once declared, “I am definitely not a minimalist!” Mr. Scaasi dressed first ladies (Barbara Bush, Mamie Eisenhower, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush), socialites (Gayfryd Steinberg and Nan Kempner) and Hollywood stars (Barbra Streisand, Joan Crawford, Joan Rivers, Elizabeth Taylor, Diahann Carroll, Mary Tyler Moore, Sophia Loren, and Natalie Wood) died last year at the age of 85. Check out that blue wallpaper with the papier-mache salon suite, along with some Thonet bentwood chairs and a brass-topped table. Amazing.
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27 Old Point Road, Quogue