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Aug 29, 2017 2:46 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Pulse: The Seven Most Expensive Listings In The Hamptons Right Now

Tick Hall is on the market for $62 million. COURTESY CORCORAN
Aug 30, 2017 9:34 AM

An eye-popping asking price is one way for a new listing to grab headlines, but even if these properties sold for half their asks, they would still make news. The top five most expensive listings in the Hamptons each have spectacular things to offer—and even more potential.

Sillerman’s Former Spread
1080 Meadow Lane, 
$150 million

This listing by Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty offers not one but four parcels totaling more than 14 acres. Three front the ocean, while the fourth fronts Shinnecock Bay.

One parcel, 3.5 acres, includes a roughly 12,000-square-foot house built in the 1990s, with eight bedrooms and an indoor pool. Another parcel, on 3 acres, has two shingle-style houses, one measuring about 2,000 square feet with an outdoor swimming pool, and a roughly 3,000-square-foot home with a tennis court. A third, 5-acre parcel has two putting greens plus two “golf cottages” overlooking the ocean. The fourth parcel is a roughly 2.5-acre vacant lot, ensuring the oceanfront properties have water views on both sides.

The former owner of the properties was entertainment mogul Robert F.X. Sillerman. At one time, Mr. Sillerman, once the chancellor of the former Southampton College, owned several parcels on Meadow Lane, but business reversals forced him to sell them off.

J. Michael Evans, a co-chairman of Goldman Sachs, and his wife, Lise, are the owners of the former Sillerman properties that are on offer now. Accumulating the properties took three years and $115 million. If they get their full ask of $150 million, it will be quite the impressive flip.

Briar Patch
90 Briar Patch Road, East Hampton
$140 million

The 11.2-acre Briar Patch estate, with a quarter mile of waterfront on Georgica Pond, has been on the market since 2014.

The Georgian Revival main house, originally built in 1931 and designed by architect Arthur C. Jackson, is 10,300 square feet, with a 1990 renovation overseen by the architect Peter Marino. In addition to six bedrooms and a three-story living room, among the amenities are handmade wallpaper, French doors with large porches on the ground floor, hand-stenciled ceilings, a gym on the third floor overlooking the ocean, and a four-bedroom guest house with its own private driveway. On the manicured grounds can be found a pool and a pond, and a sunken tennis court.

The owners of Briar Patch are the photographer Priscilla Rattazzi and her husband, Chris Whittle. The latter, a native of Tennessee, became the publisher of Esquire magazine in 1979 and went on to found Whittle Communications, a successful media company. He then turned his attention to education, creating the Edison Schools, and he is presently the chief executive officer of Avenues: The World School, an international system of schools for pre-K through 12th grade.

Briar Patch is the exclusive listing of Peter Turino of Brown Harris Stevens. The listing notes the property is already subdivided into 7.5-acre and 3.7-acre parcels.

#3 (tie)
Burnt Point
38 Matthews Road, Wainscott
$75 million

Billionaire Stewart Rahr put his 24-acre estate in Wainscott up for sale for $95 million in 2014, but there were no takers.

The self-described “No. 1 King of All Fun” told The New York Times he wants to sell his 18,000-square-foot home in Georgica, known as Burnt Point, because he is now summering overseas. Commodities trader David Campbell had purchased the property for $10 million in 1996 and commissioned the late architect Francis Fleetwood to design the expansive eight-bedroom home with 12 full bathrooms and three partial baths. Brian O’Keefe was tasked with the interior architecture, and Marjorie Shushan handled the interior design.

Pharmaceuticals billionaire Mr. Rahr bought the estate in 2004 for $45 million. Listed with Frank Newbold and Marilyn Clark of Sotheby’s, the house features a library, a finished basement with media, game and workout rooms, and a wine cellar. There’s also a professional greenhouse, boathouse, private beach, dock and a waterside pool with infinity edge, hot tub and waterfall. Not to mention the 2,024 feet of Georgica Pond waterfront.

#3 (tie)
On Lily Pond Lane
33 Lily Pond Lane, East Hampton
$75 million

Boasting 1.8 acres, this family compound on the ocean includes a 7,000-square-foot main residence with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms and a 2,300-square-foot six-room, three-bathroom pool house with a kitchen for entertaining, game room, sauna and steam shower. Between the two buildings is a pool and spa area.

According to the listing from Compass’s Lori Schiaffino, the property has the only lighted tennis court in East Hampton Village. Compass also notes that the property has the potential for a new 12,000-square-foot home with an oceanfront pool.

Villa Maria
51 and 56 Halsey Lane, Water Mill
$72 million

In a previous life, Villa Maria—the stately mansion with vast lawns rolling out to Mecox Bay—was a convent.

In 2005, Vincent Camuto, founder of the Nine West shoe brand, and Louise Camuto, an interior designer, bought the 14.6-acre property from the Dominican Sisters for $35 million. The Camutos had the once Victorian-style mansion, which was built in 1897 by architect Frank Freeman, both modernized and restored to its former glory—the pinnacle of which had followed an earlier expansion in 1919 under the private ownership of Edward P. Morse, a Brooklyn ship builder who’d nearly doubled its size and greatly expanded its grandeur. Then, just as they’d said they might do at the time of purchase, the Camutos put Villa Maria on the market just three years after buying it.

Mr. Camuto died in 2015, and Villa Maria was re-listed in 2016 for an ask of $72 million with Bespoke Real Estate founders and brothers Cody and Zach Vichinsky, up from a previous price tag of $67 million.

The 20,000-square-foot main residence has 11 bedrooms, including a 6-room master suite, an atrium and many living and recreational spaces. The grounds have ornamental gardens, a 68-by-30-foot heated gunite pool, two pool pavilions with kitchen and bath, an all-weather tennis court and 1,100 feet of bulkheaded waterfront with uninterrupted views of Mecox Bay. The carriage house and guest cottage, like the main residence, have greenstone slate roofs.

Murray Compound
317 Murray Place, Southampton
$65 million

This Southampton Village estate is located in the coveted Murray compound.

The Murrays were the children and grandchildren of the inventor Thomas Murray, a colleague of Thomas Edison, and they helped form the first Southampton summer colony in the late 1800s. Their Southampton estates along with the McDonnell branch of the family, once totaled 300 acres.

317 Murray Place, a chateau-style residence elevated on 300 steel pilings, sits on 3.6 acres with more than 200 feet of oceanfront. The house is 9,200 square feet with four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, a two-car garage, a 50-by-50-foot heated pool on the ocean side and an elevator serving three levels. Among the amenities on the grounds are a heated pool and outdoor kitchen, and there is room for tennis. Bespoke has the listing.

Tick Hall
165 DeForest Road, 
$62 million

Tick Hall is famous, and not just because it’s owned by former late night talk show host Dick Cavett. It is the subject of a 2003 documentary, “From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall,” from director Scott Morris.

The original Tick Hall was built in 1883 by the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White for Alexander E. Orr—the New York City businessman who was instrumental in building the subway—and his family as one of the seven houses that made up the Montauk Association. The “seven sisters” are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mr. Cavett and his wife, the late Carrie Nye, rebuilt the landmark home after it was destroyed by a fire.

The property is said to have never before been available on the open market in its 135-year history. Built for Alexander E. Orr and his family, the residence has been called The Orr House. It was Harrison Tweed, the attorney who purchased the house in 1924, who renamed it Tick Hall. Mr. Cavett rented and then purchased Tick Hall in the late 1960s, while the host of an eponymous ABC talk show.

The residence is 7,000 square feet with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms on a whopping 19.8 acres. Among the amenities are a pool, a private beach, and a border with 190 acres of parkland on the oceanfront. Corcoran’s Karen Kelley and Tim Davis have the listing.


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