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Hamptons Weekly Roundup: Barbara Goldsmith chops asking price on pad, more resi development in Amagansett? … & more

August 24, 2016 05:30PM
By Cathaleen Chen

Late journalist Barbara Goldsmith and developer Michael Meldman

Late journalist Barbara Goldsmith and developer Michael Meldman

Home of late journalist Barbara Goldsmith slashed to $6 million
Two months after the death of the author and founding editor of New York Magazine, Barbara Goldsmith’s children have slashed the price of her former 1.1-acre East Hampton estate to a sliver below $6 million — that’s $4.5 million cheaper than its original listing price of $10.5 million. The 5,000-square-foot home at 86 Georgica Road has been on and off the market since 2013, the New York Post reported. The listing brokers are Douglas Elliman’s Justin Agnello, Michaela Keszler and James Keogh. The estate includes five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, three fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen and a terrace that overlooks the grounds. [NYP]

Stalled preservation push may mean more resi development in Amagansett 

Part of the Bistrian family's land in Amagansett

Part of the Bistrian family’s land in Amagansett

Long-time East End residents the Bistrian family say they have “no choice but to proceed” with residential development on 30 acres of Amagansett farmland after a whopping 35 years of failed preservation negotiations with the town. The land in question lies just north of the hamlet’s Main Street and is zoned for two-acre residential lots, though there are some development restrictions as it’s also an agricultural zone. At issue is the price East Hampton is willing to pay for the land, which the Bistrians claim is not fair market value. A town rep said this week that preserving the land was a priority, so we’ll check back on that in oh, another few decades or so. [EHS]

Sale of Sag Harbor’s beleaguered Morpurgo House stymied by lawsuit

Morpurgo House Main

The Morpurgo House at 6 Union Street

Bad news for the prospective owners of the 210-year-old Morpurgo house: While they successfully bid $1.3 million on 6 Union Street at auction in June, a claim of partial ownership of the property filed the day before the closing has left the deal in limbo. Charlotte Lisi of Dix Hills said she paid a total of $100,000 toward the dilapidated mansion’s ownership in 2012 and 2014, with plans to turn the house into a bed-and-breakfast. An attorney for one of the new would-be owners said Lisi’s claim has prevented them from getting a clear title and filed a motion to terminate the claim, which will be heard in court this week. To complicate matters further, regardless of who the home owner is, the village of Sag Harbor wants the house torn down. [27East]

Breaking news! CNN anchor doles out $3.1M for new Sag Harbor digs

Don Lemon and his house at 54 Rysam Street

Don Lemon and his house at 54 Rysam Street

Here’s a news peg: Don Lemon is the latest resident of Sag Harbor with his new four-story house on Rysam Street. It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a white marble kitchen. The Colonial-style abode also features a parlor, library, mahogany bar and attic office. Also on the 0.28-acre grounds are a pool, pool house, pergola and outdoor shower. [Curbed]

Matt Harvey scores ace private tour of beach resort

Matt Harvey, David Lipelstein and Michael Meldman

Matt Harvey, David Lipelstein and Michael Meldman

Playboy developer Michael Meldman treated injured Mets pitcher Matt Harvey to a private tour of his under-construction Dune Deck in Westhampton Beach on Saturday. Meldman hosted Harvey and his guests, letting them check out the 33 suites that will be available next summer. L&L Holding chief David Levinson was also on hand but was unrecognizable without his signature full beard, Page Six reported. The touring party was also treated to surfing lessons from water-taming legend Titus Kinimaka. [NYP]

East Hampton officials shut down illegal after-hours club

The property at

The property at 7 Muir Boulevard

Looks like the party’s over at another East End den of ill repute. A property previously cited for illegal multi-family occupancy and bedrooms in the basement is back in law enforcement crosshairs after police say they discovered an illegal nightclub operating in the basement. The owner of 7 Muir Boulevard, Luis Farez, was allegedly charging a $30 entry fee and selling drinks at a bar set up in the basement. He was issued a desk appearance ticket by police last weekend and faces a litany of code violations including overcrowding and using a residence as a business. [EHS]

Real estate players drink up in Southampton

Neal Sroka, Howard Lorber, Jason Binn, Ian Duke and James Lipton (Photo Credit: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)

Neal Sroka, Howard Lorber, Jason Binn, Ian Duke and James Lipton (Photo Credit: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)

Ah, tequila — the nectar of the gods. Last weekend, real estate bigwigs mingled at a private dinner party in Southampton hosted by Carlos Orozco, the director of luxury Mexican resort Mayakoba residences. The rendezvous drew the likes of Neal Sroka, Howard Lorber, Jason Binn, Ian Duke, Richard Johnson, Thom Felicia, Ed Burke Jr., James Lipton and TRD publisher Amir Korangy. The party featured an eight-course Mayan-inspired tasting menu created by chefs Juan Pablo Loza and chef Scott Kampf. It was a replicate of the dining experience at Rosewood Mayakoba resort. Attendees were, of course, treated to a downpour of premium tequila. [LLNYC]

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