F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cult-classic novel “The Great Gatsby,” about hard-partying Long Island millionaires in the ’20s, was inspired by actual soirees the author attended at mansions along the North Shore, aka the Gold Coast. One such locale, a French Normandy-style residence on Sands Point known as the Rumsey-Harriman Estate, is said to have inspired the book’s fictional East Egg, and as the Post first reported it’s just hit the market for $16,880,000. Designed in 1928 by none other than McKim, Mead & White, the 5.3-acre waterfront property was owned by Junior League founder Mary Harriman Rumsey, whose father was railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman and brother New York governor W. Averell Harriman. Fitzgerald spent a good deal of time at the home with Rumsey and her family, widely believed to have inspired Gatsby.
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Food Network star and cookbook author Rachael Ray has put her Southampton home on the market for $4.9 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, the 3,650-square foot home sits on six acres and includes three bedrooms, state of the art kitchen and a pool with a pool house. Ray and her husband, John Cusimano, paid $2.6 million for the home in 2008. The couple thoroughly renovated the pad after buying it, filling it with the star’s own furniture brand. The home connects to the Southampton Golf Club, providing plenty of trees and beautiful gardens.
Kevin Sorbo bought this five+ acre Bridgehampton property back in 2001 for $900,000. After building a massive, 12,500-square-foot, eight-bedroom home in 2004, the actor and his wife Sam Jenkins listed it for $10.5 million in 2012. It was taken off the market the following year, after which time it hit the rental market and gained its notorious reputation as the ultimate party pad, according to the Post. These “illegal” and ticketed bashes were often hosted for new product launches, but once Sorbo found out they went against town codes he presumably used some Herculean strength to put an end to it. Curbed Hamptons now reports that the sprawling residence is back on the market for the much-reduced price of $6.5 million.
This Hamptons beach cottage may not be super fashion-forward, but considering Stella McCartney’s tailored style and commitment to animal rights, it makes sense that the designer would opt for a more laid-back look. And if this fresh, summery aesthetic appeals to you, you’re in luck; the Observer reports that McCartney and her husband Alasdhair Willis, the creative director of Hunter boots, have listed the Napeague Bay house as a $30,000 a month rental (or $20,000 after the summer). The couple bought the property, along with the adjacent empty lot, for $1.7 million last August, opting for an Amagansett location not far from where Paul McCartney has owned a large estate since the ’90s.
We can’t imagine he’ll be having any public outbursts over the $7 million profit he just made on his Southampton estate. The Observer reports that confrontational tennis legend John McEnroe, along with his wife, musician Patty Smyth, has sold his beach-front house for $11.25 million, 18 years after buying it for $4.2 million. Not surprisingly, the home on Squabble Lane (how’s that for ironic?) has a full-size Har-Tru tennis court and a gym, as well as a heated pool, private beach access, and the 8,000-square-foot mansion.
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On a half-acre lot perched 18 feet above Gardiner’s Bay in East Hampton sits a unique site, shielded by neighboring waterfront homes on its east and west sides, but completely open in front to the bay. With these two extremes as their inspiration, MB Architecture designed the Driftwood House, using both reclaimed wood from the property’s previous home and charred cypress prepared using the traditional Japanese Shou-Sugi-Ban technique. The result is a sustainable residence that “[weaves] the line of the horizon through its spaces, slowly unveiling the views, with glimpses through layers and framed transparencies.”
In a recent Instagram post, Food Network’s Katie Lee revealed how she’s able to feast on lobster rolls and fried chicken seemingly every day–with daily two-hour workouts in her Water Mill home’s custom Tracy Anderson gym. In addition to the studio, “The Kitchen” co-host, cookbook author, and ex-wife of Billy Joel, decked out her Hamptons estate with a full outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven, climate-controlled wine cellar, home theater with stadium seating, and 42-foot-long heated pool. Lee first tried to unload the home two summers ago for $6.5 million, but now that she’s become a much more recognizable lifestyle influencer and has her own Cooking Channel show, “Beach Bites,” she seems more eager to move on, re-listing the property and reducing the price to $5.5 million (h/t NYP).
This Sagaponack, NY home might just be the perfect antidote for the summer of hell; it would definitely make an insufferable commute worth it. Summerhill Landscapes, Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts + Partners designed the idyllic Hamptons retreat on a swath of meadowland where the tall grass is never far from the sea on the East End of Long Island.
Brooklyn-based studio TA Dumbleton Architect designed and built their Bridgehampton WE Guest House in just eight months (h/t dezeen). In that short amount of time, the team converged the look of an old farmhouse with that of a New York City loft apartment, employing incredible double-height windows, an open 3,000-square-foot layout, and insulated stucco walls.
When MB Architecture‘s client requested an art studio near her Amagansett home, she had three requirements–a roughly 900-square foot space, a simple structure that was still “inviting and reflective,” and a limited budget. To achieve these goals, the firm decided to use two recycled shipping containers, about $2,500 each.