'Guerrilla Art' Protests Plans To Replace Oceanfront Cottage - 27 East

Real Estate News

Real Estate News / 1404774

‘Guerrilla Art’ Protests Plans To Replace Oceanfront Cottage

icon 5 Photos
Fresh morels. JANEEN SARLIN

Fresh morels. JANEEN SARLIN

February 22 -- Authorities say a joint police task force has taken down a heroin distribution ring in Riverhead that was selling heroin marked with the “Hollywood” brand throughout Southampton Town and across the North Fork. In total, nine men were arrested by members of the East End Drug Task Force on various dates between October and February, and now each faces multiple drug-related felonies.

February 22 -- Authorities say a joint police task force has taken down a heroin distribution ring in Riverhead that was selling heroin marked with the “Hollywood” brand throughout Southampton Town and across the North Fork. In total, nine men were arrested by members of the East End Drug Task Force on various dates between October and February, and now each faces multiple drug-related felonies.

author on Oct 31, 2016

Two local artists mounted a “guerrilla art installation” at a small oceanfront cottage in Bridgehampton this week—without the owner’s permission—to protest its planned destruction to make way for a larger house.

The artists—who contacted The Press by email but would not reveal their names or speak on the phone, saying they realize “what we did was not particularly legal”—said they had wanted to showcase “the inherent beauty of a small footprint created in tandem with the natural landscape.”

“We hope that our message will be heard, by Realtors and potential buyers, that this house, and the land it sits on, is worth saving,” the artists wrote. “A completely new house, with an expanded architectural footprint into an extremely ecologically sensitive area, is dangerous and unnecessary.”

The exhibit consisted of textile and ceramic works—including a tapestry noting how many storms the house had survived—temporarily displayed on the outer walls and deck rails to evoke “our childhood memories, during the 1970s, of these now vanishing timber-frame houses.”

The artists, who said they live in Sag Harbor and on Shelter Island, also invited about 40 friends to view the installation and join them at a party on the beach near the house. Then they dismantled the installation, leaving the tapestry on a storm door and a painted plank, inspired by the work of the textile artist Jack Lenor Larsen, that symbolically “bridges the gap between the inhabitants of the house and the landscape.”

The vacant two-bedroom cottage is on a half acre on Dune Road in Bridgehampton with more than 65 feet of waterfront and a private path to the beach, according to a listing with Sotheby’s International Realty that asks just less than $9 million. The listing notes that the property comes with plans for a 4,000-square-foot new home with a pool, two-car garage and more than 1,000 square feet of decks on multiple levels—or a 2,700-plus-square-foot residence that would not require zoning variances. An application for variances to accommodate the first plan has already been filed with the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

Carla Cadzin of the marketing department at Sotheby’s, to whom a phone call to the listing agent was referred, declined to comment.

Southampton Town records indicate that John R. Tozzi, CEO of Cambridge Investments, bought the house for $7.5 million from representatives of the late literary agent Rosalind Cole, who’d used it for more than 40 years and reportedly was the longest resident guest at the Waldorf Astoria, staying there 53 years. The only purchase of 77 Dune Road listed in town records before the one in 2015 was in 1973—for a price of $75,000.

“It was important to us to honor this beautiful house and spotlight the unsound trend of tearing down these shingle beach houses to build gigantic ones in their place, the artists wrote. "And we were willing to risk being caught to do so."

Barring any damage to the property, the charge in such a case would most likely be criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor, said Southampton Town Police Lt. James Kiernan, when asked hypothetically.

"

You May Also Like:

Ezekills Hollow Sale For $14.5 Million Points To Growing Demand For Luxury Properties In Sag Harbor Area

The sale of a waterfront home on North Haven recently closed for $14.5 million, the ... 30 Nov 2020 by Brendan J. OReilly

First Neck Lane Estate Sells For $11.5 Million

A Southampton Village estate section home at 252 First Neck Lane recently sold for $11.5 ... by Staff Writer

Further Lane Estate Fetches $7.5 Million

A 2-estate Amagansett estate on storied Further Lane recently sold for $7.5 million, according to The Real Estate Report Inc. At 386 Further Lane, the property boasts a 9,000-square-foot stucco manor built in 2001. According to a Corcoran listing for the estate, the residence’s main floor has a dramatic great room, a children’s wing with two suites and a large play area, a guest suite and a state-of-the-art kitchen with an adjoining living room. Upstairs, a master wing offers a “sumptuous bathroom, an office, a sitting room and a large outdoor terrace,” and an additional bedroom completes the second story. ... 23 Nov 2020 by Staff Writer

Wickapogue Road Estate Sells For $8 Million

A Southampton Village estate dubbed “The Beachmont” sold and closed last month for $8 million, ... by Staff Writer

Wilkes Lane Estate Sells For $7 Million With Plans For Redevelopment

A 1.8-acre Sagaponack estate south of Montauk Highway that was listed for $8.5 million has ... 19 Nov 2020 by Staff Writer

Sagaponack Estate Fetches $9 Million

A Sagaponack estate overlooking 14 acres of farmland recently changed hands for $9 million, according ... 16 Nov 2020 by Staff Writer

Record Executive Buys Southampton Estate For $18 Million

A modern Southampton Village estate by builder George Vickers Jr. Enterprises recently sold for $18.1 ... by Staff Writer

Bayfront Property In North Haven Sells For $11.5 Million

A North Haven home on 4.4 acres of bayfront property recently sold for $11.5 million ... 12 Nov 2020 by Staff Writer

Kevin Sorbo Sells Bridgehampton Residence For $8 Million

“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” star Kevin Sorbo and his wife, Sam Sorbo, an actress and ... by Staff Writer

Twenty-Five Condos Proposed On Site Of Dockers Restaurant

The owners of the 8.6-acre property in East Quogue where Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant ... 9 Nov 2020 by Brendan J. OReilly
logo

Welcome to our new website!

To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.

We welcome your feedback. Please click the
“contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.

Start the Tour
Landscape view not supported