Remembering Sandy Gallin: Agent, Producer, and Tastemaker

Sandy Gallin, talent manager, film producer, and in later life, a flipper and decorator, has died at the age of 76 from cancer. Well-known here in the Hamptons for his famously beautiful homes, we thought we’d pay tribute today to his extraordinary good taste and design skill.

Photo via Corcoran

As a talent manager, Sandy Gallin’s 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. He made a name for himself as a tastemaker: owning a home that Gallin had renovated for himself became prestigious.

Why? Beauty combined with an unflashy hominess. We concur with Calvin Klein, quoted in Architectural Digest in 2014: “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.”

Above and below are photos of one of his most recent flips, 300 Sagaponack Road in Bridgehampton. This was a 14-acre compound that sold for $17.5 million, which included a 1.5 acre pond with a swimming pool partially inside the pond. (Love, love, love that feature.) There is also a six-bedroom shingled house and a guest cottage.

His last home in the Hamptons, 466 Further Lane on the border of Amagansett and East Hampton, is still for sale if you covet the Gallin magic yourself. It’s represented by Linda Haugevik of Douglas Elliman.

Magical exteriors with inviting pergolas, natural wood, stone and water features are one of his hallmarks.

For interiors, Sandy liked natural textures as well, simple white walls and interesting art.

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 it’s basically sat there, despite the attractions of the property (main house plus 4 outbuildings, apple orchard, gunite pool, separate spa, major screening room, gym, pool house. It’s just too expensive. Right now, the price of $22.5M, or $24.5M if the furniture and art is included. What do you think?

For more, click here466 Further Lane, East Hampton

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