EISENHOWER SELLS. The 19th century Claverack estate in Southampton was sold for almost $27.8 million, according to the Long Island Real Estate Report, making it one of the biggest deals in the Hamptons last year. The sale closed last month after the residence had been on the market for some time for owner Anne Eisenhower, the granddaughter of the nation's 34th president, Dwight.
"This is one of these grand old mansions in perfect condition -- that by itself is fairly rare," said Holly Hodder, a Sotheby's International Realty agent who worked with Eisenhower's broker Harald Grant, a senior vice president in the firm.
Public records show Eisenhower bought the property in 1996 for $5.5 million from her husband, Wolfgang Flottl, an investment banker who was among nine people convicted in a major Austrian bank fraud case in 2008.
Marshalsea Llc is listed as the new owner. Many high-end buyers create limited liability corporations just for certain transactions. Hodder said the buyer did not want to be known and agents had to sign nondisclosure agreements.
The listing touted the estate's "timeless sense of seclusion," with a separate cottage, tennis courts, reflecting pond and pool dotting the lawns. Claverack, modeled after the Van Rensselaer House in Albany, has nine bedrooms, just as many working fireplaces and even more bathrooms.
When the place was new in 1892, it was home for Thomas H. Barber, whose wife Harriet was a descendant of the Van Rensselaer family. But at one point, the family decided to sell, and their property brochure was just as lavish as the home, featuring aerial and interior shots. The listing price was $80,000; taxes were only $1,249.80.
The estate then covered 20 acres -- “10 around the residence landscaped, 10 in potatoes,” the brochure said. Outside, there was a lily pond 110 feet long in the back, a barn, a grape arbor, chicken house, pig pen and tree-lined drive to the front door, the brochure said. Inside, it read, there was a fire hose on each floor, brass plumbing, a flower room and a hot air heating system.
Eisenhower’s sale was one of 38 deals that exceeded $5 million in the last three months of last year. Usually, there are 20 or so such high-end deals in the fourth quarter, but agents said many deals were made in case the Bush tax cuts, which included capital gains tax breaks, were not renewed. Congress and President Obama extended the cuts last month.
D'AMATO TRIES. The Lloyd Harbor waterfront home of lawyer and lobbyist Armand D'Amato has just been listed for sale at $5.999 million, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island records.
The five-bedroom, five-bath house is described in the listing as a "stately custom Hamptons-style country home with superb details and woodwork with water views from every room." The listing goes on to boast "breathtaking western sunsets with private beach and mooring rights." The property is next to a nature preserve. Taxes on the house are $54,000 a year.
D'Amato is the brother of lobbyist and former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.
He is trying to sell the home through Clickit Realty, a Westchester-based limited-service, flat-fee real estate company where sellers take calls from potential buyers, do the showings and negotiate the deal on their own. The service costs $399 for a six-month listing.