Storied $150M Hamptons ‘La Dune’ estate heads to auction next week
Image credit: Concierge Auction/Gavin Zeigler
Once the most expensive listed property in the Hamptons, the compound known as La Dune at 366 and 376 Gin Lane will be sold to the highest bidder at Sotheby’s Art and Real Estate Auction, coordinated by Concierge Auctions, with bidding to begin on January 10. The auction is part of Sotheby’s “Visions of America” event–and the iconic estate, currently owned by French-Canadian art publisher Louise Blouin, is indeed a vision of American luxury. The seaside property, originally designed by architect Stanford White on over four acres, offers beach access, ocean views, sea breezes, and two impressive residences.
In addition to two homes, the Gin Lane compound boasts two gunite pools, a sunken all-weather tennis court, a custom movie theater, a billiard room, fitness rooms, lush private gardens, and landscaped grounds with patios and decks. The home was the setting for several scenes in Woody Allen’s 1978 film “Interiors.”
Down a gravel drive, past security gates and tall hedging to a front parking court, the property’s main residence rises to four stories. Built in 1892, the classic Hamptons shingled home overlooks the dunes and white sandy beach below, with over 400 feet of bulkhead beachfront.
The 11,000-square-foot main house begins with a formal entry. Within are 10 bedrooms, eight baths, staff quarters, a kitchen, and a laundry room. Interiors are modern, stylish, and up-to-date. A sleek state-of-the-art kitchen stands ready to serve a formal dining area and a casual, sunny breakfast room. Additional first-floor rooms include an office/library. On the second level are several gathering rooms that open onto patios and decks for ocean views and sea breezes.
The second home, built in 2001 by French architect/designer Francois Cartroux, mirrors the style of the main house. Both feature dark wood floors, intricate moldings, beadboard accents, French doors, transom windows, and coffered ceilings. This secondary or guest residence also has a home theater and a billiards room.
Both homes offer gyms and saunas. There is ample parking and plenty of room for staff on the property.
The estate was the most expensive listing in the Hamptons when it hit the market in 2016 for $140 million, then resurfaced for $150 million earlier this year, according to the New York Post. Blouin purchased the property for $13.5 million in the 1990s. Bidding will begin on January 10 and end on January 24 with no minimum bid required.
[Listing details: 366 and 376 Gin Lane via Concierge Auctions in partnership with Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty, Tim Davis of The Corcoran Group, and Cody Vichinsky, President and Founding Partner of Bespoke Real Estate]