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Rich Cribs: East Hampton estate recalls Africa
This 3,225-square-foot house in East Hampton, listed for $3.2 million, is on almost five acres overlooking a creek across from Northwest Harbor and surrounded by a county park.
“My mother-in-law purchased this property in the early 1970s,” says seller Libby Curtis, adding, “She fell in love with it.”
The environment reminded her now-deceased mother-in-law, Helena Curtis of her trips to Africa. Curtis, who was a science writer and author of biology textbooks, went on about a dozen safaris, her daughter-in-law says.
After Libby Curtis traveled to Africa, she was able to see the property through Helena’s eyes. “In terms of lighting, it really looks like the Serengeti . . . From the top floor, it’s uncanny how similar the view is,” Curtis says.
Her mother-in-law built the five-bedroom, 31 / 2-bath home in 1981. The layout includes a living room with a wood-burning fireplace and an updated kitchen with an adjoining greenhouse, as well as an office and a den.
Ray Lord of Douglas Elliman Real Estate is marketing the estate.