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May 31, 2017 1:16 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Dick Cavett Lists Tick Hall For $62 Million; Another Montauk Estate Asks $48 Million

Tick Hall, 165 Deforest Road, Montauk. COURTESY CORCORAN
Jun 4, 2017 10:03 AM

With jaws still dropped about a majestic Montauk property hitting the market with a $48 million ask, a nearby neighbor, Dick Cavett, has upped the ante by putting his manse on the market for an eye-popping $62 million. Obviously, folks, Montauk is hot, hot, hot.

Known as “Tick Hall,” the residence rests on 19 acres. The original structure was built in 1882 and was one of the “Seven Sisters.” This was a grouping of houses in the Montauk Association designed for financier Alexander E. Orr by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, and has earned a place today on the National Register of Historic Places. The house, named for the ubiquitous arachnid (an external parasite) that infests eastern Long Island, was later owned by attorney Harrison Tweed, and it remained in his family until 1968, when Mr. Cavett, the television host and author, purchased it.

Over the years, guests to Tick Hall have included Woody Allen, Muhammad Ali, Laurence Olivier and Tennessee Williams. The house’s history took an especially dramatic turn in 1997 when it burned down. Gone were family heirlooms and antiques, but the chimney remained standing. Mr. Cavett and his wife, the actress Carrie Nye (who has since passed away), vowed to not only rebuild the home but to do so as an exact replica, warts and all. This was done, and the process became the subject of the 2003 documentary “From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall.”

If you have $62 million burning a hole in your pocket (or is that a big tick?), Corcoran is the real estate firm to contact.

The other high-end Montauk property new to the market sits on 36 acres. The land and the contemporary, Asian-influenced house on it has been offered for sale by Eli Wilner, who owns a Manhattan-based company named (surprise?) Eli Wilner & Company. He and his wife, Barbara, originally purchased the property for a paltry $620,000 in the early 1990s. The residence contains 5 bedrooms and 4 baths within 7,000 square feet on three levels. The most spectacular aspect is the wraparound terrace that offers 360-degree views of the ocean. The architect Frank Hollenbeck designed a blue-tiled roof reminiscent of a Chinese tea house. Mr. Wilner’s company created the Japanese-style carved wooden doors found throughout the residence.

That company began as an art gallery on the Upper East Side. A graduate of both Brandeis University and Hunter College, Mr. Wilner became an authority on American and European period frames of the 19th and early 20th century. In the last 34 years, Eli Wilner & Company grew to become the world’s largest resource for antique frames, with over 3,000 in its collection. One of the firm’s more high-profile projects was reframing more than two dozen paintings in the White House. Mr. Wilner is the author of four books, including “The Gilded Edge: The Art of the Frame.”

The Montauk property is adjacent to the one once owned by Andy Warhol, which was sold to Mickey Drexler, the CEO of J. Crew, a decade ago, who in turn sold it to the art dealer Art Lindemann in 2015 for $49 million. Other neighbors include the actor Liev Schreiber and Paul Simon. Mr. Wilner’s place was put on the market last year for $55 million, and apparently there were no takers. Now priced at $48 million, it is represented by Brown Harris Stevens.

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Spend 2 minutes walking on that yard and you will no longer wonder why it's called Tick Hall. That's a lot of money to pay for Lyme's Disease.
By even flow (450), East Hampton on Jun 1, 17 8:05 AM
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Cocktail Party Value... Just another exceptionally over priced listing that will make great discussion at a party..
By North Sea Citizen (449), North Sea on Jun 5, 17 6:15 AM