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Mar 14, 2019 4:54 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Dancing On Dune Road

Dune Road in Water Mill GOOGLE MAPS
Mar 14, 2019 4:54 PM

At first, the sale of 139 Dune Road in Water Mill attracted our attention because this shy acre within a tutu’s toss of the ocean went for the bargain-basement price of $852,000. Then we looked at the buyer, and the transaction became more interesting—the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

First, the house on the property. It is a modest one, to say the least, just 750 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and built in 1994. The seller is William Earle, a high-end furniture designer who perhaps did not need to make a profit. Second, there may be a few readers wondering, who is or was Jerome Robbins? He was one of the world’s foremost choreographers of ballets who also worked on Broadway and in Hollywood. For decades, Robbins was closely associated with the New York City Ballet, and toward the end of his life—he died in 1998—he was creating a series of ballets for the great dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

To the general public, Robbins is probably best known for his theater and screen work. His Broadway shows include “On the Town,” “West Side Story, “The King and I,” “Gypsy,” “Peter Pan,” and “Fiddler On the Roof.” “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,” the last show he did for Broadway, in 1989, earned six Tony Awards. He received two Academy Awards for the film version of “West Side Story.” The Jerome Robbins Foundation, new owners of 139 Dune Road, was established in 1958 by the choreographer to honor his mother. Its purpose is to support dance and theater programs. During the 1980s, its efforts were directed almost exclusively to the AIDS crisis. Can we expect dancing in the dunes this summer once the property receives some upgrades?

By the way, what other famous ballet choreographer “resides” in the Hamptons? Aficionados of Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor know that is George Balanchine, who died and was buried there in 1983, at age 79. Styled as the father of American ballet, he co-founded the New York City Ballet and remained its artistic director for more than 35 years. Balanchine was invited to America from Russia in 1933 by a young arts patron named Lincoln Kirstein, and together they founded the School of American Ballet, and a career in the U.S. was launched.

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Did I miss something here? The author never answered the questions "Why the low price?", or who the buyer is. He "May not have need to make a profit" is not an answer to the question the article poses.
By Funbeer (269), Southampton on Mar 16, 19 1:10 PM
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I haven't driven by, but may be a constrained lot with very little upland area that would have a limited footprint in or to comply with DEC regs.
They may not even be able to get a pool.
By aging hipster (200), Southampton on Mar 18, 19 5:58 AM
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I checked Google Earth, there is already a pool (albeit a small one). House has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 750 sq ft. Property is .95 of an acre. Zillow has the "zestimate" as $8.1million, so the low price is curious.
By MrsD (52), Hampton Bays on Mar 19, 19 1:17 PM
Just double-checked Zillow; this property is Bridgehampton, not Water Mill. The Zillow listing has photos of the house--it's basically a tear down. The listing does mention that there's room for a 6000+ sq ft new dwelling and that the proceeds from the sale would benefit the Foundation.
By MrsD (52), Hampton Bays on Mar 19, 19 1:38 PM
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