The Rosewood Farm Estate pool house. LIZ GLASGOW
The Rosewood Farm Estate caretaker cottage kitchen. LIZ GLASGOW
The Rosewood Farm Estate caretaker cottage. LIZ GLASGOW
The Rosewood Farm Estate den. LIZ GLASGOW
The Rosewood Farm Estate living room. LIZ GLASGOW
The Rosewood Farm Estate studio. LIZ GLASGOW
The Rosewood Farm Estate, comprising more than 34 acres in North Sea, which belonged to the late French architect and designer Thierry Despont, has relisted for $19.95 million after previously asking $23.5 million.
This is the first time the estate has been put back on the market since Despont’s death in August at age 75.
At 320 Majors Path, the property, which overlooks 50 acres of agricultural reserve, was once a horse farm and home to the Southampton Riding & Hunt Club. Despont transformed the property over the years into the one-of-a-kind estate it is today, according to the listing.
The six-bedroom main house was previously the main barn. On three sides it adjoins a cobblestone patio-courtyard with fountain. Additional structures include a four-bedroom guest house, a converted stable/pool house and a converted barn/four-car garage, the latter of which served as Despont’s art studio.
A tree-lined path leads to the infinity pool and the pool house, with a lounge area, workout room, sauna, and steam shower. To the south, a meadow with a walking path leads to a gazebo and mature specimen trees from Africa.
Among Despont’s work on the East End was updating Bernie Madoff’s former oceanfront Montauk residence and renovating Eothen, the former Andy Warhol estate with six cottages in Montauk, for then-owner Mickey Drexler.
Architectural Digest named Despont to the AD100 Hall of Fame for his contributions to design. A few of his notable works in New York are the interiors at 220 Central Park South, the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel, the conversion of the Woolworth Building and the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. He also designed residences for Bill Gates, Calvin Klein, Jayne Wrightsman, Annette and Oscar de la Renta and Conrad Black.
As a sculptor and painter, Despont made metal sculptures of insects, orbs and masks, along with his “cabinets of curiosity.” The Marlborough Gallery in New York, London and Monaco exhibited his works, many of which were created in Southampton and some of which are still displayed at his Majors Path home and studio.
Michaela Keszler, Paul Brennan and Martha Gundersen of Douglas Elliman have the exclusive listing.
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