Hamptons Cheat Sheet: TV personality lists Montauk digs for $62M, Southampton seeks parkside retailers … & more

Cynthia Nixon and B. Smith's home at 18 Soundview Drive (Credit: Getty, Corcoran)
Cynthia Nixon and B. Smith's home at 18 Soundview Drive (Credit: Getty, Corcoran)

Talk show host Dick Cavett lists longtime Montauk home for $62M

And as one of the priciest listings to hit the market this year, this oceanfront spread is certainly worth talking about. The Stanford White-designed property at 165 Deforest Road sits on a whopping 20 acres, including 900 feet of beach frontage. Dubbed Tick Hall, the residence spans 7,000 square feet, and contains seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. Built in the early 1880s, it’s the last of seven houses knowns as the “Seven Sisters” designed by White’s firm,  McKim, Mead & White. Technically though, the version of the property today is just a replica. The original was burned to the ground in a 1997 fire. Cavett acquired the home with his late ex-wife, actress Carrie Nye, in the 1960s. Karen Kelley and Tim Davis of Corcoran share the listing. [WSJ]

A pair of homes priced over $19M hit the market this week

Talk about good timing. Right after Hamptons season officially commenced this past weekend, two luxury homes came on the market: a parcel in Southampton that asks $19.95 million and another in Montauk with a price tag of $23 million. The Southampton property spans nearly two acres on Murray Compound, on which a 8,500-square-foot residence has yet to be built. It calls for seven bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, a tennis court, a pool and a guest house. The Montauk home, meanwhile, was built in 2004 and sits on over three acres of land off Old Montauk Highway. The 7,500-square-foot estate contains six bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, open plan living areas, and a pergola outside. Corcoran’s Pat Garrity and Susan Breitenbach have the Southampton property listing. The Montauk property is represented by Sotheby’s Rylan Jacka and Douglas Elliman’s Christopher Stewart. [Curbed]

Park should usher in a “second main street” in Hampton Bays, town officials hope

What’s a park, after all, without an ice cream shop nearby? The 36-acre, $4 million Good Ground Park in Hamptons Bays has yet to open, but Southampton Town officials are already looking ahead to the development of its surrounding land. “What a nice place to have a little cafe, right here, that faces the park,” Frank Zappone, Southampton Town’s deputy supervisor, told 27East. Thus far, no businesses have voiced interest, but the town board plans to consider zoning amendments that would encourage retailers to come forward. Family-oriented business are preferred over large chains, Zappone stressed. The Good Ground Park will open officially June 10. [27E]

Cynthia Nixon sells Montauk condo for a little over half-a-mil

Miranda Hobbes must be too busy for the Hamptons this year. “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon has sold her one-bedroom condo in Montauk for $575,000, 27East reported. Unit 17, the 500-square-foot space at 23 Fort Pond Road, is part of the Rough Riders Landing Condo complex, which sits right off the beach. [27E]

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B. Smith’s Sag Harbor home sells for $7.75M

Three months after it hit the market for $8.5 million, the 0.8-acre spread in the East Hampton end of the village, owned by restaurateur B. Smith and her husband, has sold for $7.75 million, 27East reported. The new owner is an LLC with a Manhattan address. Built in 1954, the contemporary abode spans 3,400 square feet and contains three bedrooms and three baths. There’s an open plan living room, a loft with a widow’s walk, and 100 feet of private beach on Sag Harbor Bay. Smith used to operate an eponymous chain of restaurants, including one on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, but in recent years they’ve all shuttered in the wake of her struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. [27E]

East End summer rental prices are up from last year

The South Fork may have seen a dip in luxury sales in the first quarter of 2017, but its summer rentals are more expensive than they were in 2016, brokers said. Though the number of properties available remains about the same, owners “are definitely getting higher prices compared to last year,” Susan Breitenbach of the Corcoran Group told LLNYC.  A strong stock market and fewer uncertainties — as compared with a looming election last summer — could be credited for the uptick, she said. A nine-bathroom home in Southampton, in fact, asks $2.25 million for the full season, between Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. [LLNYC]

Westhampton Beach is the “hot new hood”

It may be a quiet, family-friendly village now, but Westhampton Beach, according to the New York Post, could soon blow up. Since its property prices remain lower than those in neighboring towns — with, for example, oceanfront digs at 143 Dune Road listed for a comparatively reasonable $8 million —the surf-friendly area also boasts stylish eateries, golf courses and a new private club opening in July, which was developed by Mike Meldman, who once described his resorts as “frat houses for families.” Brace yourself, Westhampton. [NYP]

Springs house burns down in chimney fire

East Hampton is down one summer rental. The 2,500-square-foot home at 99 Talmage Farm Lane was ablaze on Saturday, reported East Hampton Star, but the homeowners made it out safely with their pets. The fire was most likely sparked by a piece of paper in the wood-burning fireplace, which flew up the chimney and landed on the dry cedar roof, the East Hampton fire marshal said. Last year, the home, which has a pool on the property, was listed for $55,000 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. [EHS]