BIG SALE. A Bridgehampton home with views of the ocean and Sagg Pond recently sold for $17.5 million, according to the Long Island Real Estate Report. Public records show that the owner is Vito Errico, the co-founder of Equinox fitness clubs, and his wife, Robin; the buyer was listed as 713 Ocean Road LLC. The six-acre property contains a newly constructed 8,000-square-foot home with an infinity edge pool and a tennis court. There are eight bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. Susan and Matthew Breitenbach of The Corcoran Group listed the property.
NEWLY CLOSED. The Lloyd Harbor estate known as Kenjockety recently closed for $7.78 million. Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees once owned the 6.7-acre property. The Tudor home first went on the market for $17.5 million in 2002. Suzanne Wehren of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates took the listing in January, increasing the asking price by $500,000 to $8.999 million. Maria Siringo, also with Shawn Elliott, represented the buyers, who are neighbors.
THE VOLTAIRE CONNECTION. Château de Upper Brookville, anyone? Once upon a time, in 1926, New York investor Ashbel H. Barney bought a wing of the 18th-century Château des Thons near Dijon, France. He had it dismantled (with permission from the French) and brought to Long Island, hiring masons and craftsmen to meticulously put the house back together stone by stone. The mansion will go to auction May 15 with an opening price of $3.2 million, says Linda Brown, the property's listing agent at Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. The auctioneer is Premier Estates Auction Company of California, Brown says. Situated on 6.7 acres, the house boasts mullioned windows, oak panelling, a carved wooden staircase, ivy-covered turrets, sloping tiled red roof and statues and fountains in its courtyard, secret garden and landscaped acres. It also comes with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, central air and a gourmet chef's kitchen. "People are entranced and feel like they are floating through the house. You feel transported to France," Brown says, adding that the home even has gargoyles and a crest on the front door. For years it was rumored that Voltaire, the 18th-century author of "Candide," lived in Château des Thons with his mistress, Madame du Châtelet, but today the story is considered just a rumor.