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By Barbara Baker - November 7, 2018


The original Grey Gardens carriage house in East Hampton has sold. Built way back in 1896 and under the same ownership for the past 56 years, it transacted this past month for a whopping $8.5 million.

Despite its closeness to the main house on West End Road, lest we ever forget the Maysles’ brother’s “Grey Gardens” documentary which catapulted the property into the limelight, 132 Apaquogue had already been separated from the estate made infamous by Big and Little Edie Beale by the time of the 1975 film. That house was sold at the end of last year for $15.5 million by then-owner Sally Quinn, who had owned it since 1979 and brought it back to its former glory with her husband, Washington Post executive editor extraordinaire Ben Bradlee.

Like the main house, the 3,500 square-foot shingle-style carriage house, represented by Frank Newbold and Marilyn Clark of Sotheby’s, was also designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe. The present-day five bedroom, four bath home was updated and modernized, and comes with 1.1 acres in the prime Georgica section of East Hampton, a heated pool and the possibility of a decent amount of expansion.


There’s some good news on the horizon for owners in the SANS areas of Sag Harbor—located in Sag Harbor Hills, Azurerest and Ninevah—seeking to stem the tide of development. The concerned residents were recently notified by New York State officials that they are eligible to seek historic district status.

Preserving cultural history and ephemera have become paramount issues in recent years as the neighborhoods have undergone tumultuous change. Increasingly larger houses with double-digit million-dollar price tags are going up, replacing the modest resort homes that were originally built in the predominantly African American neighborhoods. Now, thanks to residents who aim to preserve their community, the resort subdivisions that were first created in the late 1940s as a direct result of desegregation have moved closer in their quest of seeking a landmark bid.


Also in the village, Anke Beck Friederich and her fashion tycoon husband, Jürgen Friedrich, who founded the clothing chain Esprit’s European operations in the late 1970s, have put their newest project at 31 Howard Street on the market. The gut-renovated 3,500 square-foot Dutch gambrel features additional design details by Steven Gambrel—a frequent collaborator—which highlight the aesthetic and ingenious use of space, which comes with two living rooms, a fireplace, finished lower level and hardwood floors throughout.

Represented by Rima Mardoyan Smyth and Ryan Struble of Douglas Elliman, the $5.95 million property is sited on a mere .35 acres that nonetheless manages to exude the feel of a spacious compound. Amenities include a Gunite pool, pool house, garage and thoughtfully designed graded and raised gardens, specimen trees, espaliers, and a protective hedge.

This ain’t the Friedrichs’ first real estate rodeo. The stylish couple has owned and renovated several significant properties, including the Grosvenor Atterbury-desinged “Linden” in Southampton and 20 Union Street in Sag Harbor, best known as the “Summer White House” of President Chester A. Arthur, among others.


Another oldie but goodie up for sale is the former home of abstract expressionist and surrealist artist Hedda Sterne. With a house built by the artist in 1967, the three-building compound at 212 Hog Creek Road in Springs is listed for $1.425 million with Rebekah Baker of Sotheby’s.

The property comprises a rustic 1,000 square foot home; a large circa 1900s barn, once a firehouse before it was put to use by the artist as a studio; and a smaller barn with field views. It’s a bit of a fixer upper. And it’s got only one bathroom and one bedroom but it’s a cool space, and one with a striking red-hot mid-century modern hooded fireplace to boot.


Looks like Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann are selling their fancy Manhattan digs. On the market with Robby Browne, Chris Kann and Jennifer Ireland of Corcoran and Alexa Lambert of Stribling for $10.75 million, the 7,000 square-foot Upper West Side townhouse sits on a gorgeous tree-lined block and boasts six levels and up to six bedrooms, an elevator, a stunning rooftop penthouse, and a garden with built-in barbecue.

The part-time East Hampton Village-based couple, who met on the set of “Law & Order: SVU,” seem to be staying put at their East End manse. That weekend getaway, which they bought in 2010 from Lorraine Kirke (ex-wife of “Bad Company” drummer Simon and mother of notable offspring Jemima, Lola and Domino) for $7.34 million, is a few blocks from the beach and in roughly in the same neighborhood as the East End estates of Martha Stewart, Candice Bergen and Jon Bon Jovi.


Mike Lupica just bought a new house in East Hampton. The legendary New York sportswriter, who inked a column at The Daily News for nearly 40 years and has played in the East Hampton Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game for seemingly as long, has closed on a 3,525 square-foot Isaacs Path home for $1.8 million. Listed with Jennifer and Kieran Brew of Saunders, the four bedroom sits on a cul-de-sac and comes with .69 acres, a saltwater pool, with spa and waterfall, and a number of patios and decks.

The “Shooting from the Lip” columnist was one of the most visible writers cut in the News’s 400-cut bloodbath earlier this year. The prolific penner has written a number of books on baseball, and co-written autobiographies of Reggie Jackson and Bill Parcells, as well as a number of fiction works and children’s novels. He’s said to be releasing “Blood Feud,” his first installment of the late Robert B. Parker’s Sunny Randall detective series, sometime this month.


Broadway producer Terry Allen Kramer has listed her Palm Beach compound, La Follia, for a whopping $135 million. The South Ocean Boulevard “Billionaire’s Row” estate, represented by Gary Pohrer, Ashley McIntosh, Lisa Wilkinson, Cara Coniglio McClure and Adam McPherson of Douglas Elliman, sits on nearly 5 acres, comes with direct ocean frontage and stretches all the way to the Intracoastal Waterway. Currently the priciest real estate in Palm Beach, it comes with an $800,000-plus tax assessment.

The socialite and producer of such huge Broadway hits as “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Grease,” and “Kinky Boots,” to name just a few, built the estate just over 20 years ago with her late-husband Irwin Kramer. Designed by architect Jeffery Smith of Smith Architectural Group, the home is in the style of an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo. Spanning 37,516 square feet, it features 13-bedrooms, including a 4,500-square-foot master suite; a gentleman’s club room; movie theater; fitness center; gaming room and a boat dock.


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