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Alec, Is It Something We Said?
Nooooooo! Please don’t go, Baldwins! Recent news indicates that Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are planning to up sticks from the Hamptons and bidding adiós to their old house in Amagansett. A longtime Hamptonite, Baldwin purchased the circa 1700 Nathaniel Baker House with Kim Basinger back in 1996. The original house was preserved and restored to the way it was in 1756, while a significant addition was added to make it more suitable to modern life. Listed at $29 million with Scott Bradley and Michael Cinque at Saunders Real Estate, the new owner gets 10 acres of postcard-perfect property, some of which is designated as agricultural reserve.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin

The 10,000 square-foot house includes four bedrooms, five full baths, and two powder rooms. The digital listing, which doesn’t show (at time of writing) any internal photos of the house, refers to the “grand eat-in kitchen, dining room, movie theater, wine tasting room and a private wood-paneled library.” Outside, there is a 625 square-foot pavilion with fieldstone fireplace and a 20’ x 50’ gunite pool and spa, as well as a vegetable garden that’s fenced to keep the deer out. There’s also an array of solar panels. Not enough space? Approved plans include a 1,200 square-foot expansion that would add a second-floor study, another en-suite bedroom, and a covered balcony.

The Baldwins’ main home continues to be their 4,100 square-foot penthouse at the tony Devonshire House in New York’s Greenwich Village, which they bought in a series of transactions between 2011 and 2019 for a total outlay of more than $16 million.

The Peaceful, Quiet Northwest
In East Hampton’s Northwest, Bull Path is without a doubt the most prestigious address. This is a very peaceful, quiet road, even in high summer when the rest of the Hamptons is bustling. No one drives here going somewhere else.

No wonder that the area is the site of many private estates, mostly in a severely modern style. This one, set on 2.08 acres of land, is a spacious 6,000 square feet. There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms, along with a half bath. Asking $6.495 million, the property is available via Averitt Buttry at The Corcoran Group.

Bull Path, East Hampton Listed with Averitt Buttry, The Corcoran Group

Long and low, the house is defined by clean lines and sophisticated details. The open floor plan includes a large living and dining area with walls of glass that allow ample natural light to pour in and maximize the views of the surrounding landscape. Actually, there are also walls of porcelain, as the dark gray striated walls in the living/dining area are actually enormous slabs of porcelain tile. There’s also a large open kitchen with a sizable marble island.

The expansive primary suite is set in its own wing to afford complete privacy, while five more bedrooms ensure there’s room for all the family and friends. Other features inside include a gym, two separate laundry rooms, a bonus room usable as a home theater, and a commercial-grade security/audio system.

French doors lead to the summer-ready exterior, which offers a covered outdoor living space with a wood-burning fireplace, a heated infinity-edge saline pool, a sun deck, a sunken dining area, and a two-car garage. A large open lawn is wrapped in verdant specimen plantings. While the area is quiet as can be, it’s also convenient, just about equidistant both to East Hampton’s ocean beaches and the bustling restaurants of Sag Harbor.

Historic in Water Mill 
In Water Mill, a compound that has been in one family for generations is now on the market asking $4.5 million. Built in 1895, the house was totally renovated and expanded while ensuring its historic charm remained.

Historic in Water Mill Listed with Edward Mulderrig, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

The 3,700 square-foot house is situated on a very generous 4.5 acre plot with a pool and guest house. Two garages have space for seven cars, making it a great place for family gatherings or weekend parties. And with all that land, there is room for a tennis court if desired, a pool, and expansion of the main house if the new owners desire.

The main home includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a parlor and family room. There is also an office on the first floor. Of course, a large kitchen opens to a generously sized formal dining room. The four bedrooms, with a master suite with private deck, are on the second floor.

The compound also offers a 682 square-foot guest house with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, laundry room and living space, while another outbuilding on the property can be used as an artist’s studio or a gym. Edward Mulderrig of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has the listing.

OG Shingle Style
One of Sagaponack’s earliest Shingle Style houses, known as Winnecoma, has been listed with Dana Trotter at Sotheby’s International Realty. The compound, with main house, guest house, carriage house, and a stable-cum-woodshop, is set on a generous four acres of land. 2.6 acres are residential, while 1.4 acres of “wild conservation and specimen trees create a majestic and private setting.” 

The gambrel-style main house was built in 1899, designed by James E. Ware & Sons, a Manhattan architecture firm. Since then, the estate has only had four owners. With nine bedrooms, there’s plenty of space for entertaining guests. 

Winnecoma, Sagaponack Listed with Dana Trotter, Sotheby’s International Realty

One especially lovely feature of the property are the old copper beech trees, which are becoming more and more rare on the South Fork. As with many old estates, the property does not boast a tennis court nor a pool, but there is plenty of room to add both, and the buildings may be expanded as well.

Calling All Restaurateurs!
The East Hampton Village restaurant building that for many years was the Quiet Clam, then Nichol’s, et al, is for sale. 100 Montauk Highway, which possibly could not be any more visible to passers-by, is asking $2.5 million. Gene Stilwell of Town & Country Real Estate has the listing.

The restaurant has long been considered a local hangout, even when it was the Quiet Clam. As Nichol’s, it was a popular pub-type restaurant. After that, it became the Service Station, which was very good but never quite caught on, and then another group started a new Quiet Clam, which lasted a short while. Since then, this prime location has sat empty.

The building could host a 65-seat restaurant, including outdoor dining spaces, and the parking lot accommodate 20 vehicles. The parcel size is 0.32 of an acre.

Fire Island’s ‘Pyramid House’ 
Those seeking to purchase an incomparable architectural masterpiece among the pristine and peaceful lifestyle of beachfront living, look no further than the legendary Pyramid House, located at 443 Sail Walk in the idyllic Fire Island Pines. Brown Harris Stevens agent and the home’s owner Glenn Rice has listed the unparalleled property for $6.5 million.

Built in 1961 by Argentinian architect Julio Kaufman for Josh Goodwin, a nephew of financier J.P. Morgan, the 2,100 square-foot, three bedroom, two and one half bathroom gem was fully renovated and expanded in 2006 by architect Hal Hayes. The high-end renovation thoughtfully completed in the Mid-Century style inspired one of the most magnificent great rooms on the market anywhere, with the addition of the soaring ceiling and wall of glass resulting in miles of commanding views of the protected Fire Island National Seashore dunescape and Atlantic Ocean.

Fire Island’s ‘Pyramid House’ Listed with Glenn Rice, Brown Harris Stevens

“The Pyramid House is a very special home in a location that simply cannot be replicated,” says Rice. “It offers a return to old school beach living in a sophisticated yet unpretentious way.” A custom for Fire Island properties, the home is being sold fully furnished with Rice’s curated collection of high-end Mid-Century furnishings.

Hero Fans  
Brent’s General Store in Amagansett sold this summer. The well-loved deli and catering concession, with its fabulous fried chicken, has been an iconic business for 35 years. Agents were Hal Zwick and Jeff Sztorc of Compass. But don’t worry, hero fans: the new business will continue to offer the same kind of merchandise — sandwiches, prepared food, lottery tickets, drinks — and will also be open all year round. To emphasize: the business has sold, not the building. 

Sold by Hal Zwick and Jeff Sztorc, Compass

The deli business went on the market in 2021, with the most recent asking price being $1.2 million. The deal closed back on July 29, 2022; the sellers were Artie Seekamp and David Winthrop, who have been running Brent’s since 1987.

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