QUOGUE SALE. Investment banker Simon Rose has purchased a Quogue home, Belle Mead, for $5.4 million, according to the Long Island Real Estate Report. “He’s ripping it apart piece by piece to recreate it to its former glory as intended by the famed architect Stanford White," says Enzo Morabito of Prudential Elliman Real Estate, who listed the property. Connie Walsh of The Corcoran Group sold the estate to the Cushing family, according to public records. The house was once the home of Elaine Ford of the renowned Ford Models agency, and neighbors included the bickering lovers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Built in 1906, the house boasts 30 rooms with 11 bedrooms, seven full baths, five fireplaces, a private inground pool and beach rights.
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ARTIST'S HOME. The Sagaponack barn that has served as home, studio and gallery of artist Sydney Butchkes since he bought it for $15,000 in the 1960s is back on the market for $5.5 million. Butchkes is a sculptor and painter whose work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. He has designed album covers, book jackets and several commissions, including a hanging sculpture for a bar at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. Listing agent Beate Moore of Sotheby's International Realty calls the 5,000-square-foot home “somewhat rustic and eclectic, but very special.” The two-bedroom, two-bathroom property, built in the 1840s, has been modernized with radiant heating but retains its original post-and-beam construction and wide-plank floors. A second story loft features peaked ceilings with exposed beams and double doors. The home was previously listed for the same price in 2008.
LITERARY VIEW. The view from this Noyac home, listed for $4.995 million, has a story: The buyer will get a glimpse of the glass writing studio of John Steinbeck named “Joyous Gard,” built to replicate King Arthur’s round table and where he wrote “Winter of our Discontent." Available for the first time in 60 years, it is located at the end of a graceful drive through two acres on the water with 150 feet of bulkhead and existing dock, just outside the historic village of Sag Harbor Village. “This is a house for a passionate visionary, with a 24/7 relationship with the water,” says Traci Robinson of Corcoran, who is listing the home. The property has a Certificate of Occupancy for five buildings with more than 4,000 square feet. There are seven bedrooms and five baths in cottage dwellings, a bath and boat house with a concrete ramp to the water and a detached garage. The dock can support a motorcraft up to 30 feet.
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