Getting Away

Architecture, Cool Listings, Upstate

The only private residence designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is available to rent this summer for $125,000. Located in the quiet upstate town of Ancram, the three-bedroom home is described as “liveable art” in the listing, which was first spotted by the New York Post. The modern home, designed in collaboration between the artist and Swiss firm HHF Architects, is also for sale for $5.25 million.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes

Photo credit: Rise Media for Sotheby’s International Realty

As was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the historic home in the Hamptons where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spent her childhood summers has hit the market for $7.5 million. Known as Wildmoor, the home was built in 1865 and was owned by Jackie’s grandfather John Vernou Bouvier Jr. in the early 1900s. By the time Jackie was a child in the 1930s, her grandparents had bought an even more impressive East Hampton home called Lasata, which left Wildmoor free for Jackie and her parents when they left Park Avenue for the Hamptons during the summer.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes

31 Madison Street, Sag Harbor

Listing images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

If you’ve been looking to buy property outside the city, here’s your chance to do it before summer starts AND own a piece of history. This Federal-style home in Sag Harbor was built in 1797 as the original “pastor’s manse” that belonged to the Presbyterian Church. In the 20th century, its history turned more artistic; it was owned by screen actor Hurd Hatfield from 1951 to 1972 and then by celebrated Jazz musician Hal McKusick until 2017. Famed artist couple Eric Fischl and April Gornik bought it after that and undertook an extensive renovation that modernized the home while preserving its early American architectural features. They’ve now listed it for $3.5 million.

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Connecticut, Recent Sales

Photo credit is Halstead Connecticut LLC

Halstead Real Estate reports that their Greenwich, Connecticut-based agent Christopher Finlay just represented the state’s highest-priced sale of this year. The incredible waterfront estate was originally listed for $21 million and closed this week for $17.1 million. Located within the prestigious Belle Haven neighborhood, the impeccably renovated 1915 Georgian Colonial sits on nearly four acres that come complete with rolling lawns overlooking the Long Island Sound, a large swimming pool, a gorgeous flower garden, and a contoured golf practice green with bunkers.

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Connecticut, Policy

Photo of West Hartford by Ragesoss on Wikimedia

Connecticut restaurants, offices, hair salons, museums, and retail stores can open next week as part of the state’s first reopening phase–but expect things to look a little different. To be able to open on May 20, eligible businesses must follow strict rules, which include outdoor only service for restaurants and museums, capacity limits, facemask requirements, and restriction of social gatherings to five people. Connecticut’s decision comes as New Jersey will start to open on Monday and some upstate regions of New York get ready to reopen this weekend.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

Photo credit: Marc Keslow for Dawn Knief, Compass

Not only does this Westchester county home have a unique Mediterranean style, but it sits on almost a full acre with a grandfathered private tennis court, something that’s no longer allowed in this submarket. Located in the centrally located Murray Hill Estate section of Scarsdale, the home spans just under 4,000 square feet and has seven bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and a beautiful courtyard that’ll make you think you’re in Tuscany.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings

Photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Francophiles will fall head over heels with this stunning mansion in Stamford, Connecticut. Recently listed for $4,495,000, the French chateau-style home has a whopping nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and nearly 1.7 acres of beautifully manicured grounds that include a huge circular driveway and a pool. As first reported by the Post, Marion Castle, as it’s known, was built in 1912 by architects Hunt & Hunt, sons of the famous architect Richard Morris Hunt. It was constructed for Hollywood production pioneer Frank Marion.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Photo credit: Pete’s Precision Photo

For the price of a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, you can own an entire converted church in Connecticut. Located in the town of Essex, about a two-hour drive northwest of New York City, this 1849 building has been listed publicly for the first time in over 50 years. Asking $1,295,000, the 8,543-square-foot structure was converted into a three-bedroom home with soaring sanctuary ceilings, a large outdoor deck, and a solarium/roof patio in the former steeple.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons

Listing photos by Lena Yaremenko

The warm weather is upon us, and it’s undoubtedly going to make staying indoors harder. But not if this East Hampton home is where you’re be sheltering in place. The incredible 7,000-square-foot residence has six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, and outdoor space that’ll make you drool. The pool is a whopping 20′ x 50′ and has a sun shelf and hot tub. There’s a covered dining area and an outdoor kitchen with a built-in gas grill and stainless steel refrigerator and drink drawers (did someone say pool-side cocktails?!).

The interior isn’t too shabby, either

Connecticut, Cool Listings

Listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Here’s an English manor right in Connecticut (h/t CIRCA). Listed for $15,900,000 (down from the original ask of $22,000,000), the 1891 home is located on the Belle Haven peninsula in Greenwich, an exclusive enclave that was built in the late 19th century as a residential park. Known as the Fairholme Estate, it features perfectly preserved interiors, a wrap-around porch, coachman’s cottage, in-ground pool, and incredibly manicured gardens with maze-like hedges and climbing vines.

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