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Rich Cribs: 1913 manse for $9.9 million

A 1913 estate house in Old Westbury, now on the market for $9.9 million, has quite the pedigree. It was designed by architect Thomas Hastings as a home for himself and his wife, Helen Benedict. Hastings, along with his partner John Merven Carrère, were the designers behind several public buildings in Manhattan, including the New York Public Library.

Bagatelle is located on 4.3 acres with an in-ground pool, a tennis court and gardens. The 25-room brick main house includes 10 bedrooms, seven full- and three-half baths, a living room with 12th century French wood paneling, formal dining room, two kitchens, a breakfast room and home office.

There are 11 fireplaces and an elevator.

"There is nothing else like it," says Andrea Jablow, listing agent with Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates. -- Virginia Dunleavy


A MODERN BEACH HOUSE Perched on a vertiginous bluff on nearly one acre in the Barnes Landing area of Amagansett, the 1968 Cates House, listed for $5.5 million, is an elongated white box with floor-to-ceiling windows commanding views across Gardiners Bay with 180 feet of frontage.

Designed by architects Julian and Barbara Neski, the International Style house was modeled after Villa Savoye outside Paris, the building designed by the architect known as Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret that helped spark the Modernist architectural movement.

The lushly landscaped grounds, planted with numerous specimen trees and shrubs, were designed by Edwina von Gal. The separate and expansive pool area provides space for relaxing and entertaining. A private staircase allows access to the beach below.

Exclusive listing agent Stephen Hammock of Saunders & Associates says the home, named after its first owners, may be one of the most important examples of modern architecture created by the Neskis in the Hamptons. This is why both he and the current owners are keen that the house not be demolished. "Unlike some lesser examples of the modern beach houses of that era, many of which have faced the wrecking ball, this is one that is absolutely worth preserving," says Hammock. -- Debra Scott

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