The 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse opened in July with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party with over 400 supporters. The “showcase for America’s premier design talent,” which closes September 4, takes place in two magnificent Hampton homes...

Grey Gardens, once inhabited by Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ kooky aunt and cousin, has been rented by American Express. The nine bedroom, 1897-built mansion, restored by the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn 30 years ago, is a fabulous location for events...

Iconic talk show host Dick Cavett is finally letting go of his beloved Montauk compound, Tick Hall. The Stanford White-designed oceanfront property is one of what are known as the “Seven Sisters:” the shingled homes of the Montauk Association...

 

Welcome Iron Man East Hampton has gotten just a little bit more Hollywood. Acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr. has purchased the historic Edward DeRose Windmill Cottage in East Hampton. A prime example of architectural folly, the house features a nonworking replica of a former local windmill – a romantic gesture marking the area’s agricultural heritage. While going on and off the market for the past few years, it was sold last summer to an LLC for $10.5M, according to property records. The rustic abode is surely a welcome refuge for the Iron Man. Listed by Peter Turino of Brown Harris Stevens.

Gon’ Give It To You Multiple Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Mark Ronson – think Uptown Funk -- has sold his 1,400 sf beach house in the Amagansett Dunes. The ask for the ocean-view contemporary a block from the ocean was $1.45M. The four bedroom, 2 bath abode sited on .17 acre features a wood-burning fireplace, outdoor shower and enclosed deck with sliding barn doors. Represented by Lynda Packard of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Pond Front Whimsy The Georgica Pond home of legendary realtor Tina Fredericks, who died in 2015 at 93, is for rent. Her early career began at Condé Nast, where she was art director for Glamour and Mademoiselle. Not only did she later sell Andy Warhol his Montauk estate, she was also known to have helped him along in the art world. The 4,500-square-foot home on 2.3 acres was designed with architect Kenton van Boer. The five-bedroom, 6.5 bath dwelling with a “whimsical” interior design asks $300,000 for the season.

FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME When Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and his journalist wife, Sally Quinn, purchased East Hampton’s Grey Gardens in 1979, they paid $220,000 for the derelict flea-infested and cat urine-soaked mansion. While it was the “most disgusting mess” Quinn had ever seen, the house also had a singular “grace and charm.” The couple completed a gut renovation on the structure, built in 1897, had been the home of The Beales, the dynasty ending with Big Edie and Little Edie, eccentric cousins of Jackie O. Now, after making this place home for nearly 40 years, Quinn (minus Bradlee who died in 2014) has put the estate on the market for just shy of $20M. This iconic property is listed with Michael Schultz and Susan Ryan of The Corcoran Group.