April 17, 2018

Pure Property

A Central Park grand dame, two Aspen snow bunnies, a Malibu smart home, and a Southampton gem in a prime location are the highest-profile properties wooing buyers this season.
An airy, fireplace-equipped Southampton home listed with Douglas Elliman

By Nancy Kane

Meet the coast-to-coast keepers: real estate offerings from Long Island to LA that induce double takes and then lasting commitment.

A traditional home in the Hamptons with contemporary interiors, an outdoor kitchen, easy maintenance and up-to-date technology blends the best of old and new. Built in 1900, the 6,200-square-foot property on Herrick Road in Southampton Village has seven bedrooms flooded with light from large, original windows. The open living room features a glass staircase, and the lower level is finished with a media room, wine cellar and gym. Outside, impeccable landscaping compliments pergola-shaded terraces, indoor-outdoor fireplaces, a salt pool with separate spa-pool house, and a HarTru tennis court. The home, within walking distance of the village and the beach, is listed at just under $12 million with Douglas Elliman’s Michaela Keszler.

“There is nothing like this on the market in this prime location,” says Keszler. “It’s a complete renovation, very sleek, and yet the charm of the historical home is preserved. It’s the full package. The outdoor kitchen and seating area is perfect for gatherings. And that’s what the Hamptons are all about: outdoor entertaining among the pergolas in the garden.”

Dick Cavett’s Central Park apartment listed with The Corcoran Group

The Corcoran Group represents Dick Cavett’s famous Tick Hall in Montauk (on the market for $62 mil- lion) and they’ve also listed his New York apartment at $5.99 million in the venerable Kenilworth, an exquisite prewar building overlooking Central Park. The high ceilings, woodwork and leaded-glass windows and doors offer extraordinary city and park views, while French doors connect a grand dining room with a double living room with window seats to catch the sun.

In Aspen, the past season shows signs that the market is on its way back to the huge gains of 2016, pre-presi- dential election. Just under $12 million here will score you a rare beauty in the fashionable neighborhood of McLain Flats on South Starwood Drive. De- signed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern, the elegant 5-bedroom home sits on 4 acres with views of both the Roaring Fork Valley and the Snow- mass ski slopes. For year-round well- ness, the home boasts an indoor pool, fitness room and racquetball court, so your exercise isn’t all downhill. Douglas Elliman has the listing.

A riverside home on Popcorn Lane in Aspen listed with Sotheby’s International Realty

Over on Popcorn Lane, a river runs through it—the Roaring Fork River, to be exact. This 10.5-acre compound features a flowing layout to comple- ment the calming waters running through the land. Striking finishes like blue Bahia granite, reclaimed Belgian black stone flooring and rift-oak pan- eling earn this home its $39.5 million price tag. The house, listed with Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, comes fully furnished.

In a prime section of Malibu Road in LA, a 4-bedroom/5.5 bath home, offered at $25 million (or for rent at $100k/month) by the Malibu Life Team, heralds the 21st century with a fully automated smart home.

A stunning 16-acre estate in Ben- edict Canyon, once owned by Cher and then by Eddie Murphy, is both a luxury compound and an equestrian’s dream. There’s the 20,000-square- foot, 11-bedroom main house, and a Moroccan-inspired guesthouse, as well as tennis courts and a pool. But the pièce de résistance is the horse- back-riding center, which includes a barn. Pacific Union International has the listing on the just-under $70 million dollar estate, a landscaped paradise surrounded by trees and trails.

The grand deck of a Malibu waterfront oasis listed with the Malibu Life Team