New York City has some great local beaches, like the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Brighton and Orchard Beaches. But when you need a short break from all the spots you can hit via the subway, it’s worth remembering that there are some great beaches just a quick drive or NJ Transit/Long Island Railroad-ride away. Here are some of our favorite day beach trips from the city, from up-and-comer Asbury Park and Long Branch in NJ to long-time favorites like Fire and Shelter Islands.
Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman; photo of Christie Brinkley via Wiki Commons
Christie Brinkley’s idyllic Sag Harbor home officially has a new owner. The sale closed this week for just under the final asking price of $17,990,000, though the precise amount has yet to be confirmed. The supermodel bought the five-bedroom residence in 2004 for $7,150,000 and first listed it back in 2010. As 6sqft previously reported, the 5,500-square-foot property sought its highest asking price in 2016—a cool $25,000,000 with Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman. The price tag was lowered incrementally until it hit $17,999,000 last summer, as Brinkley continued to search for the right buyer.
House tour season is kicking off on May 2 this year with the opening of the Kips Bay Decorator’s Show House and will continue throughout the summer at various sites throughout the city, New Jersey, and farther afield. For architecture buffs, history junkies, and avid gardeners, this time of year offers the rare opportunity to get an insider’s look at some of the most spectacular homes and surprising gardens in and around New York City. Below we’ve rounded up 14 of the season’s best tours, from the Upper East Side to Park Slope to Nyack to Long Beach Island, and we’re sure everyone will find something to suit their interests and budget.
Listing images by Rise Media; courtesy The Corcoran Group
This 9,000-square-foot Hamptons home is a full-fledged resort offering a version of paradise for warm weather outdoor enthusiasts. The four-acre, ocean-front property not only comes with 113 feet of private beach rights, but it also includes a saltwater pool, bocce court, a gourmet outdoor kitchen, a fire pit and outdoor fireplace, and multiple decks and patios for both entertaining and private retreats. Built in 2007, the sprawling eight-bedroom residence just hit the market for $14,500,000—the highest priced residence ever to go on sale in East Quogue.
Aerial photo by Dead On Design, courtesy of The Corcoran Group.
Situated in Cutchogue on Long Island’s picturesque North Fork, the historic estate vineyard owned by the late film executive Michael Lynne (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy) who was a key figure at New Line Cinema as well as a wine connoisseur is seeking a new owner. Asking $17.9 million, the 95-acre property includes a cottage and five parcels of land. The property is home to Bedell Cellars, a pioneering family-owned winery. Also included in the sale is the Corey Creek Vineyards winery.
Journalist Chris Cuomo and his wife Cristina, the editor in chief of Purist, have listed their Southampton’s home for $2.9 million, the New York Post reported Thursday. The five-bedroom, four bathroom measures roughly 3,000 square feet and sits on a little under an acre of land. The shingle-style home is fit for summer, with a full-length back deck, backyard, an in-ground heated pool, and a quick drive to the beach.
In addition to his Murray Hill townhouse, President Chester A. Arthur also owned this three-story Victorian mansion built in 1796, which he considered his “Summer White House.” The luxurious fully renovated Hamptons property was last on the market in 2016 for $14.2 million, or $480,000 annually for potential renters. Just in time for Presidents Day, the six-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home is back for a reduced $13.5 million. As 6sqft previously noted, the cost to rent this presidential pad between Memorial and Labor Day was estimated to be $390,000.
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is in contract to buy playwright Edward Albee’s former estate in Montauk, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The property had last been listed for $20 million, the first time on the market in 50 years, but the final sale price has not been confirmed. Located on 2.8 acres with 200 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage, the four-bedroom home was first purchased in the 1960s by the “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” writer, who died in 2016. With this purchase, Lauren, who owns homes on either side of the property at 320 Old Montauk Highway, adds to his continuous strip of oceanfront real estate.
Sited on 2.8 acres, with 200 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage, the estate at 320 Old Montauk Highway in Montauk was purchased in the 1960s by the renowned “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” playwright, who died in 2016. The property is now for sale asking $20 million. Albee’s Tribeca loft is also on the market for $9 million. The legendary stage actress Uta Hagen reportedly convinced Albee to buy the Montauk property, which he proceeded to populate with a collection of native plants and trees. This is the first time it’s been on the market in more than 50 years.
No, really. Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm spans 28 acres in Long Island’s North Fork, and this cool Cutchogue property [h/t Curbed] is the perfect gift for that special someone on your list who has everything, provided you have the $2.5 million required to close the deal, which incudes 23 planted acres, an 1,800-square-foot farmhouse, an 8,000-square-foot commercial Morton building (lights and trimming, of course) and four irrigation wells.