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By Barbara Baker - March 12, 2019

 LOOKING GOOD 

Supermodel, author, actress, artist, entrepreneur and East End real estate mogul Christie Brinkley’s North Haven home is in contract. The $17.99 million waterfront estate sits on 4.4 acres and comes with a sandy shoreline, as well as significant bragging rights that you just bought Christie Brinkley’s house. 

Originally built in 1843, the five-bedroom and five-and-a-half bath home is resplendent with lots of period details, including wide-plank hardwood floors, soapstone and marble counters, an old oaken bannister and multiple original fireplaces. Additional features at the home, listed with Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman, include specimen gardens, a bay-side Gunite pool and a short distance into Sag Harbor Village. 

It’s been whispered that Corcoran superagent Susan Breitenbach brought the buyer. No word on whether the “Sag” half of the iconic Sag Harbor movie theater sign stays put. 

A WRITER’S LEGACY LIVES ON

The Sag Harbor home of playwright and photographer Joe Pintauro is on the market for only the second time in 130 years. Built in 1889, the $2.5 million Victorian and surrounding land had been in the “Men’s Lives” author’s possession since the early 1960s, when he purchased it with his life partner, Greg Therriault. 

The John Street property, which boasts second-floor views of Sag Harbor Cove, comprises a 2,300-square-foot main house and a two-story carriage house/writers studio, mature plantings, an outdoor shower and room for a pool. The residence still retains many of its classic details, including original mouldings and paneling, a formal dining room, parlor and fireplace. The listing, represented by Marilyn Clark of Sotheby’s International Realty, sits on .21-acre. 

PICTURE PERFECT, AND A PEAR TREE 

Noted photographer W. Radford Bascome’s mid-century Shelter Island home is also for sale. The lensman—who is best known for his work capturing the titans of modern dance, including George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Jerome Robbins—also oversaw the construction of his “Pear Tree Acres” back in 1962. 

Reportedly the first A-frame construction on the island, the cozy three-bedroom, two-bath home sits on two acres off Cobbett’s Lane very near Coecles Harbor. It also comes with a small carriage house. 

Priced right at $799,000, the rustic property is evocative of coastal hilltop cottages in Greece. It’s listed with Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates. 

SPRINGS ETERNAL 

Those on the lookout for the houses of abstract expressionist artists who lived in the Springs need look no farther than 212 Hog Creek Road in East Hampton. Looking is just fine, but alas, they cannot buy. 

The former home of Hedda Sterne—a contemporary of Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning who lived past 100 years—listed for sale for $1.425 million, has gone into contract. The 1.36-acre artist’s compound, represented by Rebekah Baker of Sotheby’s, includes a 1,000-square-foot circa-late-1960s residence built Sterne; a large barn, which had been a fire station but was repurposed as a studio; a smaller barn. The Spartan one-bedroom, one-bath home makes the most of its setting, with windows wide, an open floor plan, a glass sunroom, and funky mid-century fireplace. 

STARS, STRIPES AND STATE-OF-THE-ART

It might not look like it now, but 6 Union Street in Sag Harbor has quite a bit of its own history to boast about. The former home of Revolutionary War veteran Captain John Hulbert, thought to be the creator of our country’s first flag prototype, is listed for $7.495 million.

Totally renovated and restored by Breskin Development, the circa-1760 four-story Greek Revival with five bedrooms and seven baths now boasts modern amenities along with preserved millwork, original exposed beams and mouldings, 10-foot ceilings and whopping eight masonry fireplaces. Represented by Scott Strough, Christian Lipp, and Kathy Zappola of Compass, the 6,000-square-foot home features a chef’s kitchen, hi-tech sound and automation systems, a 600-square-foot outdoor roof deck with fireplace, a full bar and lounge area on the third floor and a 16-foot-by-36-foot heated Gunite pool. 

LIVE LIKE A STARCHITECT

The Southampton home of architect Alexander Cooper is available for $2.995 million. The world-renowned architect designed and planned Battery Park City, the Times Square Theater District, Hudson Yards, the Museum of Modern Art and Zuccotti Park in Manhattan. 

Located at 659 Hill Street in Southampton Village and represented by Priscilla Garston of Douglas Elliman, the intimate property is a circa-1920s stunner that has been lovingly updated. 

The 2,000-square-foot home features three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, several fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen and plenty of period details and interesting shapes. Additionally, the .37-acre grounds is dotted with specimen trees, and also comes with privacy hedging and outdoor gathering areas, plus room for a pool. 

CH-CH-CHANGES

Veteran agent Gioia DiPaolo has returned to Douglas Elliman. The associate broker, who has been consistently ranked as one of the Hamptons’ top agents, has more than two decades of luxury real estate experience, both as a broker and as a manager. 

Returning to Elliman is the best next step in her career, says the venerable agent. “Now more than ever, buyers and sellers alike need the guidance only a seasoned agent and trusted brokerage can provide,” she says. “For those reasons and many others, I’m excited to have the solid, yet innovative Douglas Elliman team behind me.”

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