A husband-and-wife design team sold a home they designed and built together in East Hampton for $7.35 million.
Phoebe Howard, a designer, and James Howard, an architect and decorator, own a number of shops in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia. Their Mrs. Howard stores showcase traditional design and sell furniture, antiques and accessories, while their Max & Company shops sell more modern offerings. Phoebe Howard’s work has been featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful and Traditional Home.
The pair incorporated lavish accents such as mosaic flooring, light fixtures imported from England, custom interior doors and antique mantles into the design. “We lovingly planned every detail with no intention of selling,” Phoebe Howard said. “The economic downturn forced us to reconsider, but we do plan to build another one.”
The home has six bedrooms and 6½ bathrooms. The master suite features built-in, mahogany-paneled cabinetry in the walk-in closet and an en suite bath with radiant-heated flooring. There are five additional en suite marble baths, all with custom millwork vanities. Stone terraces overlook the heated gunite pool, and a private breezeway leads from the house to a guest suite. In the basement, there’s a billiard room, a media room, a staff suite, a powder room and a wine cellar.
Listing agent Gary Depersia of The Corcoran Group says there were multiple offers for the 6,500-square-foot home, which is on a 1.2-acre lot. “The buyer was very lucky to be there at that time,” Depersia said.
Howard says the buyer rented the home for close to a year before purchasing it. The buyer was the Stephen Bollenbach Trust, according to the Long Island Real Estate Report.
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