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Time for the East Hampton Historical Society Tour and Cocktails
November 07, 2017
One of our favorite holiday events is East Hampton Historical Society’s house and garden tour. This year’s tour, “From the Village to the Atlantic,” gives a glimpse inside some of East Hampton’s most storied residences. (Kilkare!) The self-guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, November 25, from 1 to 4:30PM. And don’t miss the kick-off cocktail party on the evening of Friday, November 24, which will be held at the historic Maidstone Club. [caption id="attachment_64316" align="alignnone" width="750"] Photo Credit: Erik Davidowicz[/caption] Above, a traditional Shingle-Style house on Further Lane is one of five distinguished homes on the 2017 East Hampton House & Garden Tour, traditionally held over Thanksgiving weekend. [caption id="attachment_64315" align="alignnone" width="667"] Courtesy of Sotheby’s[/caption] Iconic Kilkare is located within the prestigious Georgica Association, with panoramic views of Georgica Pond and the Atlantic. Built in 1877 by ship builders, and home to only two families since then, the three-story house has been restored with all authentic detail. [caption id="attachment_64314" align="alignnone" width="750"]historical society Courtesy Landscape Details[/caption] On Mill Hill Lane, visit an early twentieth-century cottage with French and English influences. The interiors are French inflected, with plaster walls, antique limestone floors and mantels, period beams, and a La Cornue range, while the exterior resembles an English cottage, with intricate stonework and a swooping shingled roof. [caption id="attachment_64313" align="alignnone" width="750"] Photo Credit: Kyril Bromley/East Hampton Press[/caption] On Huntting Lane, the Elizabethan-style Woodhouse Playhouse (above) in East Hampton Village is celebrating its centennial. Built by the legendary philanthropist and arts patron Mary Woodhouse, the current homeowners continue the legacy of Mrs. Woodhouse through year-round music and theater programs, honoring the playhouse’s original role as a theater and drama school. Designed by Francis Burrell Hoffman Jr., a “gentleman’s architect,” who was at the forefront of the Village’s emergence as a premier summer colony, the Woodhouse Playhouse is of architectural significance. The 75-foot-long great room boasts a 30-foot gabled peak and church-like nave, an Aeolian-Skinner organ and massive fireplace, and has attracted many famous visitors over the yearsincluding John Drew, John Barrymore, Isadora Duncan, the Westminster Choir, and Metropolitan Opera greats. Tickets to the tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day. Tickets to the opening night cocktail party are $200, which includes entry to the house tour the next day. Tickets can be purchased at the EHHS office at 101 Main Street Tuesday – Saturday, 10 - 3:30, via the website, phone (631-324-6850), or at Clinton Academy on November 24 and 25 between 10 - 3:30. Note: The Maidstone Club is open only to cocktail party ticketholders on the evening of Friday, November 24, 2016.
A Year Later, Montauk Surfside House is ‘Re-envisioned’ and $600K More
November 06, 2017
This property, in the Surfside part of Montauk, came to market in September 2016. Set on just under an acre and with expansive ocean views, the asking price was $3.25 million. Back then, we thought the exterior was a little odd and ungainly, but the interiors were light, airy, and spacious. The upper floor contains the main living spaces, including huge sliders to the deck with water views, the kitchen and a den, as well as the master suite, which includes a balcony with outdoor shower, and laundry. The ground floor includes another living area, and three more bedrooms. The kitchen and bathrooms are all newly done. Update: The house did sell in January for $2.98 million. Now it's a year later and "the interior and exterior were re-envisioned by Studio Zung; upgrades include a pristine new patio, walkways and expert landscaping, an outdoor shower (pool permit in place, pending approval), and carefully selected, elegant furnishings (offered with the house)." The price for the property, now repped by Matt Burns, Ryan Burns, and Greg Burns at Compass, is $3.85 million. Frankly, for that much, we'd want the pool actually installed. Yes, the interiors are a bit different now but we liked them fine before. Before: After: Before: After: To be fair, the furnishings come with the house, and it all does look extremely nice. The only sticking point we have is the price. For $600K more, we'd expect more. What say you? For more, click here. 83 North Surfside Ave, Montauk
Egypt Close
A Lovely Traditional Summer Home on Egypt Close for $6.5 Million
November 03, 2017
This house just whispers "quintessential Hamptons." It's made for long summer days with glasses of lemonade and games of badminton. [caption id="attachment_64275" align="alignnone" width="750"] All photos by Chris Foster, courtesy Corcoran[/caption] On Egypt Close, the property (repped by Gary DePersia of Corcoran) is south of the highway yet close enough to walk to everything East Hampton has to offer. What we particularly like about it is that it's spacious yet not enormous. There's 4700 square feet, with five bedrooms and 5.5 baths, set on an acre of land. Particularly nice is the kitchen, which again is generously sized but not cavernous and recently redone with white marble; the great room has a tall, beamed ceiling, and the master has a sitting area with fireplace. Not enough space? The lower level is partially finished, so there's more room if desired. The house is in a lovely traditional style; there's a darling portico to the garage and a dining pergola that overlooks the pool. There's even a basketball half-court for when you tire of badminton. For more, click here. 55 Egypt Close, East Hampton
Love Horses? Look at The Estates at Royalton in Mattituck
November 02, 2017
The Estates at Royalton is a new 11-unit development on Cox Neck Road in Mattituck designed for horse lovers. Each property will offer a pool and either a pool house (for the non-equestrians) or a barn. The houses are connected by a bridle path to an equestrian center on the property. This arrangement eliminates a lot of the work that is involved keeping a horse on your own property. Staff will maintain the paddocks daily. [caption id="attachment_64263" align="alignnone" width="750"] All images courtesy Town & Country[/caption] Open space on the property can be used for trail riding and there’s even a picnic area where you can tie up your horse and relax at outdoor seating, not to mention a private pond. The main equestrian facility offers an indoor arena, fields for English-style show jumping, boarding, 20 turnouts, and a full staff. OK, so your horse will be well catered for. How about the humans? There are currently three model homes, from 3800 to 4600 square feet, which can be customized. The North Salem model (above) is $1.8 million, with four bedrooms, three full baths and two half-baths. As for the other two models, the Wellington is $2.2 million and the Hickstead is $2.4 million; both with five bedrooms, five full baths and two half-baths. Want something more spectacular? The main estate house at Royalton boasts 16,000 square feet, with a grand double staircase foyer entrance. The master bedroom is on the first floor; the second floors offers six en-suite bedrooms. There’s an indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool and 12 acres in all. Asking price is $32 million. Interested? The Estates at Royalton are represented by Lori MacGarva, Larissa Troy, and Elaine Micali at Town & Country. We gotta say we’re pretty beguiled by the lifestyle offered. For more, click here. Cox Neck Road, Mattituck
That Stylish Sag Harbor Modern with Creepy Artwork is Back
November 01, 2017
This property was first listed back in April of 2014 asking $2.5 million. Represented by Deborah Srb at Sotheby's, it actually has a lot to offer: very stylish and modern inside and out with walls of glass. There are four bedrooms and 2.5 baths on half an acre of land overlooking Lily Pond in Sag Harbor. We love the exterior with its fireplace, private pool and lounging area. [caption id="attachment_64252" align="alignnone" width="750"] All photos via Sotheby's[/caption] Inside, though, the artwork is creepy AF. In the living room, the lighting fixture is apparently by a Mr. Alfred Hitchcock, while you'll be stared at by two full length portraits of men and a sinister teddy bear. The kitchen is extremely shiny and extremely black. What's with the doll in the case below? Look, we understand that the owner is probably an interior designer who thinks his taste is way superior to anyone else's. And yes, art isn't always about pretty pictures. But the interiors here are just too quirky and individual to appeal to most people. If any property on the market today is crying out for a stager, it's this one. It could be stunning once it's de-weirded and softened. We might also add that the price is now higher, at $3.35 million, than it was 3.5 years ago. A buyer can also choose to purchase an empty 0.6 acre lot next door, which would make a 1.12 acre plot, along with this property for $4.65 million. What do you think? For more, click here73 Laurel Lane, Sag Harbor
Three Haunted Hamptons Houses You Can Buy
October 31, 2017
Do you get a bit lonely sometimes? Wish you had more friends, possibly friends who you don’t even have to leave the house to see? Then maybe a haunted house is for you! Here are three currently on the market with (reportedly) permanent sitting tenants. Sanderling is a stunning house on Beach Lane in Quogue. There are beautiful water views everywhere, 7 bedrooms and 7.5 baths in 4500 square feet. It's asking $4.75 million, which includes a famous literary ghost. When a Mr. and Mrs. Toppings built their new home in the 1950s, they shipped over an old staircase to use from England. It came from a Yorkshire mansion where Anne Bronte had once worked. In 1962, Mrs. Topping heard footsteps on the stairs and saw a figure of a young woman in old-fashioned dress climbing the stairs. She felt sure it was Anne. Later she heard more ghostly rappings and footsteps, though she did not see Anne again. You'd have to be quick to snare the next property, beautiful Grey Gardens in East Hampton as it's now in contract. Owner Sally Quinn says, "There are two ghosts.” She’s woken up in her bedroom and seen an apparition of c. 1900 resident Anna Gilman Hill. The other ghost is in Little Edie's former bedroom. "We've had guests who have said, 'I'm not sleeping in there.' Some people think it's a man, clomping around in boots. I'm pretty sure it's the sea captain [a rumored lover of Little Edie's]." Perhaps inevitably, the beautiful Ammon residence on Middle Lane in East Hampton is reportedly haunted. It was the site of the most notorious murder in recent times in the area: owner Ted Ammon was found dead in the upstairs bedroom. His wife and the man she was having an affair with were accused; wife Generosa died of cancer shortly after and her boyfriend was convicted of the murder. Their ten year old twins inherited. If you're not daunted by rumors, the lovely 7000 square foot house and 2.2 acres of land in the estate section can be yours for $11 million. Happy Halloween from Behind the Hedges!
Paul Manafort’s Hamptons Home is Nicely Improved for $5.4 Million
October 30, 2017
Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been indicted for tax fraud and money laundering. (Trump fired Manafort after his ties to pro-Russian former Ukranian president Yanukovych were revealed.) According to the FBI, Manafort and his associate Paul Gates funneled millions of dollars from Ukraine via wire transfers into United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts. The indictment reads, "In furtherance of the scheme, MANAFORT uses his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income." Plenty of that wealth was apparently spent in the Hamptons! $5.4 million was sent to a "Home Improvement Company in the Hamptons, New York" while $655,000 was sent to "Landscaper in the Hamptons, New York." (Anyone know which ones? Email us!) We wish we could say we were shocked by the totals, but we're not. It's almost unbelievable to the average middle class person the amount of money that can be spent out here on housing and landscaping. [caption id="attachment_64235" align="alignnone" width="750"] Via Google Maps[/caption] Manafort's Water Mill property, off Jobs Lane, includes 2.37 acres of land, which includes a 5500 square foot house, with 10 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. There's a tennis court, pool, spa, pool house, half court, formal gardens and a putting green. Hey! Installing and maintaining all those features isn't free! There are views over farm fields to the north, and the property is near Mecox Bay but not waterfront. We'd suggest a value of about $8 million for the property. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Sandy Gallin’s Further Lane Home Is in Contract At Last
October 27, 2017
Sandy Gallin, talent manager, film producer, and in later life, a flipper and decorator, died in April from cancer. He was well-known here in the Hamptons for his famously beautiful homes, and as a talent manager, his roster included such names as Richard Pryor, Cher, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger. To get away from the stress of show business, however, Sandy began flipping houses in California starting in the early 1970s. As Calvin Klein, quoted in Architectural Digest in 2014, said: "Often what even great interior designers do is create a space that isn’t as comfortable and warm as what Sandy does, and that is the essence of why people like his work." His last home in the Hamptons, 466 Further Lane on the border of Amagansett and East Hampton, was on the market for years. Represented by Linda Haugevik of Douglas Elliman, the property is beautiful, but it was just too expensive. He purchased the Further Lane property in the summer of 2011. After shelling out $5.105M for the 2.1-acre spread (complete with 1920s farmhouse) and constructing a 6500 square foot residence, he put the place on the market for $24.5M in 2012. And no one bought it, despite the attractions of the property (main house plus 4 outbuildings, apple orchard, gunite pool, separate spa, major screening room, gym, pool house. After Sandy's death in April, the price was finally cut, with a last asking of $18.9 million. Now it's in contract. The new owner has great taste. Magical exteriors with inviting pergolas, natural wood, stone and water features were one of Sandy's hallmarks. For interiors, Sandy liked natural textures as well, simple white walls and interesting art. (Boy, do we covet that "Liquor" sign.) Congrats to the new owner. For more, click here466 Further Lane, East Hampton
Let’s Compare Hamptons Real Estate Market Reports
October 26, 2017
Avg Sales Price YOY Change Median  Price YOY Change No. of Sales YOY Change Volume YOY Change
Elliman $1,675,998 -4% $890,000 7.90% 517 0 NA
BHS $1,754,252 0 $899,500 5.80% 342 8.20%  NA
Corcoran $1,870,000 6% $960,000 7% 601 2% $1,110,000,000 8%
T&C NA $917,555 7.95% 334 8% $596,233,806 8.22%
As of today, the real estate agencies who monitor and compile sales data have released all their 3Q of 2017 market reports for the Hamptons. We've compiled the major data into a handy-dandy chart, above. Next question: why all the wildly differing results? It's very hard to tell because each agency compiles its data differently. Corcoran, for example, lumps all sales together, both single family and condo-co-ops, to get its number of sales. Elliman breaks it down, but still, one comes up with 517 sales and the other 601. We don't know why. All the agencies survey the same area, the Town of Southampton (from Remsenburg on), the Town of East Hampton and the Town of Shelter Island. Some break it down further into east and west of the canal or by area (such as Sag Harbor and Sag Harbor Village) but not all do, and the numbers above are totals which should be more alike than they are. Brown Harris Stevens and Town & Country count only single-family homes for their numbers. We're confused about BHS's total number of sales, listed as 342, because when we added up all the sales ourselves from each area surveyed by BHS, we got 335 sales, almost the same as T&C. We can't explain where the extra 7 sales BHS is reporting for the total number. Is it a mistake or is there more data we don't know about? Why is Corcoran's average price so much higher than BHS's and Elliman's? We don't know. Are they perhaps listing multiple parcels sold together as one sale, which would make for a higher average price, while other agencies don't? For example, say Property A is made up of two parcels, 100 Main Street and 102 Main Street. 100 Main Street sells for $1 million and 102 Main Street sells for $500,000, both being sold on the same day by the same person to the same buyer. It's a judgment call, then, whether this was a $1.5 million sale or two sales averaging $750,000. This might also account for discrepancies between total sales numbers. What do you think? Is this kind of analysis useful?
This Noyac Mediterranean Is Quite Attractive and Private; Asking $3 Million
October 25, 2017
We tend not to be crazy about Mediterranean style houses. To us, this style seems really unsuited to our climate, which couldn’t be more different than the hills of Tuscany. We must be getting soft in our old age, because we quite like this one. Or, alternatively, this is a really nice example of this style of house (probably the real explanation). [caption id="attachment_64201" align="alignnone" width="695"] All photos via BHS[/caption] Rather than a sea of terracotta, as so often with Mediterraneans, this place is light and bright and white, which suits the quality of light we have in the Hamptons better than terracotta. We particularly love the beehive fireplace in the living room, along with the pretty beams. (We’d add some rugs to warm up the tile floors, though.) And while another pet peeve of ours is half-round windows, they look great here as all the interior curves echo their shape. The house is quite spacious at 5500 square feet, with five bedrooms and four baths. It’s been sensitively updated with the latest security and mechanical technology. Outside, there’s 1.83 acres of land, close to the bay, with a gunite pool and spa, and of course the entrance features a charming fountain. Asking price for the property, repped by Martha Gundersen at Brown Harris Stevens, is $2.95 million. What do you think of the place? Are we getting soft in our old age? Let us know in the comments. For more, click here. 2226 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor
A Staunch Character with Deep Pockets Has Purchased Grey Gardens
October 24, 2017
Sally Quinn, owner of the fabled Grey Gardens in East Hampton, has accepted an offer on the property. Last asking price was $18 million. Excitingly, she's also going to be holding a yard sale of the furnishings, including "the pieces she discovered in the attic when she bought the place." (On the day of the sale, that tall lady knocking other people away from the choice pieces will be yours truly.) Grey Gardens is not only one of the most famous estates in East Hampton, it's one of the loveliest, with a truly stunning exterior and summery, old-school-elegant interiors. When the property was listed last February, it was available for sale for the first time in almost 40 years. Agents were Corcoran's Michael Schultz and Susan Ryan, who listed the place at $20 million, and then $2 million was knocked off the price in April. The history of the storied estate at 3 West End Road goes as follows: The house was designed by architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897. It was purchased in 1913 by Robert Hill and his wife Anna Gilman Hill, who hired landscape designer Ruth Bramley to design the garden, including the ornate concrete walls from Spain that give the estate its name. [caption id="attachment_242891" align="aligncenter" width="549"]Grey Gardens living room Grey Gardens living room, Photo: Corcoran Group[/caption] In 1924, Phelan Beale and Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale purchased the house. Phelan was a law partner of John Bouvier, Jr. and had married Bouvier's daughter, Edith. Bouvier’s Further Lane home, Lasata, where his granddaughter Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was a frequent visitor, also just sold. Phelan Beale left his wife, and for many years Edith, known as "Big Edie," and daughter "Little Edie" lived alone in increasing poverty, mental illness and squalor, mostly ignored by their relations. They became famous in 1975 when a documentary, Grey Gardens, was filmed about their daily lives and their relationship by the Maysles Brothers. The film has subsequently been acclaimed a classic. Eventually, embarrassed, their cousin Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had the house cleaned up. [caption id="attachment_242890" align="aligncenter" width="549"]Grey Gardens windows Grey Gardens windows, Photo: Corcoran Group[/caption] After Big Edie’s death, Little Edie put Grey Gardens on the market. Ben Bradlee, who was editor of the Washington Post during Watergate, and wife Sally Quinn, also a journalist, purchased the estate in 1979 for $220,000. The house was in terrible condition again—the agent refused to even set foot inside and Quinn recalled later that the home "was worse than in the movie,” although Little Edie told the Bradlees, "All it needs is a coat of paint!” RELATED: Grey Gardens Available as Unique Holiday 2016 Rental [caption id="attachment_242886" align="aligncenter" width="549"]Main garden at Grey Gardens Main garden at Grey Gardens, Photo: Corcoran Group[/caption] The Bradlees lovingly restored and renovated the dignified old place. The property is 1.7 acres with still-stunning gardens, while the house boasts 10 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. It probably needs some updates, including the quirky kitchen, but is basically fine as is. Were we the buyer, we'd insist the framed posters of the movie and HBO adaptation be included. (Cans of cat food and hot plates in every bedroom are extra, of course. Just don’t let the cat go to the bathroom right behind your portrait.) Congrats to the new owners! 3 West End Road, East Hampton [caption id="attachment_242889" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Grey Gardens Fairy Cottage Grey Gardens Fairy Cottage, Photo: Corcoran Group[/caption] [caption id="attachment_242884" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Garden door at Grey Gardens Garden door at Grey Gardens, Photo: Corcoran Group[/caption]
Sexy Bridgehampton Single Seeks New Owner: You?
October 23, 2017
This sexy modern house is very clean-lined inside and out, but owing to interesting fenestration and fine finishes, manages to avoid boredom. (The listing, repped by John Scott Thomas and Robert Stearns at Halstead, says Sagaponack, but that's a reach as it's actually Bridge. Still, a very good central location, very close to the Long Pond Greenbelt.) Outside, there's 1.3 acres set in the peaceful woods; there's a pool, a cabana, and all-new cedar decking. The cedar theme continues on the exterior of the house; what was probably originally a drab 80s contemporary is now refreshed with cedar siding and roof, as well as new black-framed windows. Inside, the house isn't huge, as was typical in the 80s, but not everyone wants a megamansion. New oak flooring sets the stage for a cool modern interior, with new kitchen and a fireplace in the master bedroom. In all, there are three bedrooms and two baths. Asking price for all this is a mere $1.395 million. (OK, laugh at the "mere," but in the Hamptons...) We say grab it. For more, click here. 560 Toppings Path, Bridgehampton