by Nancy Kane
It’s not every day that an historic vineyard becomes available. Last month, Bedell Cellars, the North Fork winery owned by Michael Lynne, went on the market, asking $17.9 million. The offering follows the death of the New Line Cinema film executive responsible for the Austin Powers movies and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A nearly 40-year booming business, Cutchogue’s Bedell Cellars set the standard for North Fork wines, producing award winners in small batches. The property includes almost 95 acres of planted vines, as well as a renovated 4-bedroom cottage with interiors by Vincent Wolf. The 10,000-square-foot main building houses the tasting room, wine lab, barrel room, and fermentation cellar. Corcoran’s Gary DePersia has the coveted listing.
Judith and Gerson Leiber’s home and gardens on Old Stone Highway in East Hampton is a magical place. The beloved East End couple—she an iconic handbag designer, he an abstract painter—who were known for their hospitality and charitable causes, died within hours of each other last April. Now, their 4-bedroom goes to market with Leslie Hillel, Robert Brody and Judith E. Mendoza of Halstead, asking $3.9 million for the shingle home that sits on 2.16 acres. The couple landscaped vegetable, shade and rose gardens on the lush estate, and the conservatory brings the outside in.
Top Hollywood producer and talent manager Sandy Gallin’s life (he handled the careers of Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Joan Rivers and Cher) may not have always been peaceful, so it’s no wonder he sought solace at Serenity, his former Bridgehampton estate which is on the market for $24 million with Douglas Elliman’s Eileen O’Neill. The 13-acre gem, the result of two neighboring lots combined, is set back down a winding country drive, and includes an apple orchard and 1.5-acre man-made pond with dock and boathouse. The 5-bedroom, 6,500-square-foot house seems to spring from the natural setting, exuding understated luxury and tranquil living, perfect for summer get-togethers.