More stories

  • in

    Drop Out in High Style at the $65 Million Hitchcock Estate in New York’s Hudson Valley

    In 1963, clinical psychologist and pioneering psychedelic drug proponent Timothy Leary rented a huge house on a vast estate in the historic Hudson Valley village of Millbrook, which dates to before the American Revolution and ranks as one of the wealthiest enclaves in the state of New York. The almost 2,100-acre property had recently been acquired by brothers Billy and Tommy Hitchcock, members of one of the United States’ wealthiest families. The LSD advocate stayed five years, during which the estate was reportedly the target of drug raids.

    Still owned by the Hitchcock family, the storied property has recently come available with a price tag of $65 million. Should it go for anywhere near the asking price, it will totally obliterate the standing record as the highest residential sale in the Millbrook area, which currently stands at just under $19 million.

    The Victorian mansion’s 38 rooms include a dining room wrapped in a gold jacquard wall covering.

    RELATED: An Architect Transformed This Hudson Valley Home for Himself. Now It Can Be Yours For $2.5 Million.

    Originally assembled over a period of almost 30 years beginning in 1889 from a handful of farms by German-born gas tycoon Charles F. Dieterich, a founder of Union Carbide, the vast property and its main house came to be known as Daheim. The estate was later owned by Standard Oil president and chairman Walter C. Teagle, who sold it in 1963 for a mere $500,000—nope, that’s not a typo, folks—to the Hitchcock brothers, heirs to the Mellon family oil and banking. Billy Hitchcock, who has long lived in Texas, told The Wall Street Journal that it was his sister Peggy who invited Leary to the Millbrook estate; he claimed she had a romantic relationship with Leary.

    Still owned by the Hitchcock family, the property’s mostly wooded acreage includes two lakes, one spanning 45 acres and the other 60, along with a 38-room Victorian mansion, a smaller (but still very spacious), single-story residence known as “the bungalow,” and numerous other residences and outbuildings.

    The four-story Victorian, originally designed by James E. Ware in the late 1800s, was much expanded during Dieterich’s time and spans almost 15,000 square feet. The house fell into a state of neglect, but over the last few years it has seen numerous restoration efforts and upgrades overseen by a local historian. Today, the public rooms still showcase high ceilings and ornate fireplaces, elaborate wood paneling, a carved wooden staircase, and stained-glass windows. Among the ten bedrooms is a two-room suite connected by a shared sitting room. There are also staff quarters. 

    The 2,100-acre estate’s secondary residence is a 10,000-square-foot bungalow designed by Addison Mizner.

    RELATED: A Charming French-Style Chateau in New York’s Hudson Valley Hits the Market for $12.3 Million

    The low-slung, elegantly proportioned bungalow measures about 10,000 square feet and sits on a slight rise above a swimming pool; it was commissioned by Dieterich and designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, who is best known for the Mediterranean mansions he designed in the early 20th century.

    Other buildings sprinkled around the property include a bowling alley housed in a stone building; several Bavarian-style structures that include a gate house; a three-bedroom caretaker’s cottage; a carriage house with two apartments for guests or staff; and an extensive stone-built equestrian and farm complex. 

    The listing is held by Heather Croner of Sotheby’s International Realty.

    Click here for more photos of The Hitchcock Estate. More

  • in

    A Celebrity Hairstylist Trims Her Real Estate Portfolio, Listing a $3 Million Home in the Hamptons

    Renowned celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger, who founded her eponymous salons in Los Angeles and New York City and travels the globe styling her A-list celebrity clientele, is a household name in the world of fashion and beauty. A pioneer in the hair industry, Hershberger’s client roster includes Miley Cyrus, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, and Joan Jett, among others, who pay upwards of $800 for a haircut. 

    It seems that hair isn’t the creative stylist’s only passion, as her international real estate portfolio attests. Many of her rental properties and luxury homes from London to L.A. to the Hamptons have been featured in various publications over the years, and the latest to hit the market is a midcentury-modern-inspired house in East Hampton, New York. Listed for a smidge under $3 million, the Masthead Lane home, called The Butterfly House, was built in 1976 and has been lovingly restored and renovated over the years. 

    The sleek living room is anchored by a minimalist fireplace.

    Sally Hershberger

    Far more humble and relaxed than many of the palatial multi-million-dollar Hamptons properties swimming in excess and opulence, Hershberger’s hideaway is a fine example of modest living and contemporary design. Situated on one acre in the northern part of East Hampton and just a brief walk to the beaches set along Gardiners Bay, Butterfly House spans 2,000 square feet with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room. The house gets its name from its inwardly sloped rooflines, which resemble butterfly wings. Built into the hillside, the home has a wraparound terrace on the upper level and a set of stairs over a lush hillside that leads to a path down to the pool and ample lawn space for garden parties and badminton games. 

    The interiors feature clean lines, open spaces, and soaring ceilings and are crafted with natural materials, including exposed wood and vast walls of glass. The loft-like main living and entertaining space is on the upper floor to take advantage of light, air, and views. The open-plan kitchen has custom wood cabinetry and a large skylight that adds additional natural light; nearby is a dining table that faces the terrace; and the sleek living area has a monolithic minimalist fireplace with a raised hearth. The wood ceilings are punctuated with blackened wood beams and slant upwards as you get towards the edges of the home. A wraparound deck overlooking the backyard and swimming pool can be accessed from many points on this level.

    The updated kitchen is simple and functional with white-oak cabinetry..

    Sally Hershberger

    The lower level is dedicated to sleeping quarters, with two spacious bedrooms and two full bathrooms. There’s also a mostly subterranean basement area with laundry facilities, as well as a single-car garage. Down a set of stairs and a winding pathway is the 46-foot-long pool, which has an elevated deck for sun loungers. Shrouded in privacy, thanks to towering specimen trees and landscaping that includes indigenous grasses and rolling lawns, the home feels like its own private countryside paradise in the middle of one of the most exclusive beach towns on the planet. 

    The property is listed by Kathy Konzet of Sotheby’s International Realty—Bridgehampton Brokerage. 

    Click here for more photos of The Butterfly House.

    Harris Allen More

  • in

    Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas List Their New York Estate for $12 Million

    If you’ve always wanted to live the life of a Hollywood power couple, this star-studded residence in New York‘s Hudson Valley could be just the ticket! As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the picturesque 12-acre spread owned by married actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas has just popped up for sale in the coastal village of Irvington, asking $12 million. The listing is held by David Turner of Compass.

    Records show Zeta-Jones herself paid $4.5 million back in 2019 for the pre-war estate, which is showcased by a four-story Georgian-style house boasting eight en-suite bedrooms and 12 baths in a little more than 11,600 square feet of four-level living space accented throughout with stylishly modern interiors warmed by numerous fireplaces.

    This colorfully hued room is one of many seating areas filtered across the four-level home.

    Daniel Milstein

    Originally built in 1929—and previously occupied through the years by Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany and the Matthiessen family, wealthy sugar merchants—the stately brick and stone structure was extensively renovated during the couple’s tenure and features a handsome oak-paneled library that connects to a two-story library and a salon with its own bar. A lower level is outfitted with a recreation area, a gym, a kitchenette, and a 21-foot heated indoor pool resting alongside a trio of large arched windows.

    Other highlights include formal living and dining rooms, a brick-lined kitchen sporting an eat-in island and high-end stainless appliances, and an adjoining family room. A posh primary suite flaunts a separate seating area, a showroom-style closet, and a luxe bath spotlighted by a marble-clad soaking tub; and outdoors, the park-like grounds host a 100-foot terrace with steps leading down to a grass and stone lounging spot and 130 feet of waterfront footage on the Hudson River. There’s also an attached four-car garage.

    A spacious waterfront terrace spanning the rear of the house overlooks the Hudson River.

    Daniel Milstein

    Per WSJ, Zeta-Jones is selling because the couple’s son and daughter have both left the nest and work commitments are taking her overseas. “When I purchased our Irvington home I knew our family would share many happy times here, and we have,” she says, adding that they plan to spend more time in Bermuda and Europe.

    The longtime showbiz pair—her probably best known for her Oscar-winning performance in Chicago, and he for his starring roles in the films Fatal Attraction and Wall Street, the latter of which earned him a best-actor Oscar—previously resided at a 20,000-square-foot mansion in the New York town of Bedford that Zeta-Jones sold for $20.5 million a few years ago. Douglas, who maintains his own real estate portfolio, listed their Central Park West apartment in Manhattan for $21.5 million a few years ago, but it’s since been removed from the market.

    Click here for more photos of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s New York house.

    Daniel Milstein More

  • in

    An Artist’s Colorful Live-Work Studio in Brooklyn Can Be Yours for $7 Million

    After spending more than a decade in Brooklyn, acclaimed sculptor John Mosler is moving on, and the home that he’s leaving behind is a piece of art in its own right.

    The property, one of New York’s more unique offerings, is a two-story live-work warehouse on the border of Carroll Gardens and Gowanus. Dubbed “Number 47″—a nod to its 47 4th Street address—the spread is listed for just shy of $7 million and features a state-of-the-art studio and workshop, a gallery space, an office, and private living quarters. All together, there are two full bathrooms and a couple of half-baths.

    Aside from all that, the abode includes private parking via a remote-controlled garage and a sprawling roof deck. If you happen to be more of a collector than a creative, or someone who wants even more space than the existing 5,782 square feet, the pad also presents an opportunity for future expansion that could take the dwelling to a whopping 12,500 square feet.

    The ground floor spans an impressive 90 feet long and includes a lounge area with a sleek kitchen.

    Courtesy of Serhant

    Mosler bought the derelict building in 2010 with his wife, Jean Won Mosler, founder of Maum Design. At the time, the couple shelled out a cool $1.1 million for the structure and then tapped architect Jonathan Marvel to lead a gut renovation while Jean Won tackled the interior. “Everything here has a changeability to it,” she told The New York Times back in 2015. “It had to be able to transform very easily from studio to gallery to entertainment space to business meetings.” 

    From the outside, the brick-clad pad is painted bright purple and sports bubblegum pink doors. Internally, the ground floor is decked out with soaring 17-foot ceilings and a 30-foot glass-walled central atrium that brings ample light to the center of the building. One side of the home is equipped with a gallery space that features a 12-foot glass folding wall. Beyond that is a lounge and casual entertaining area with radiant heated floors, a sleek kitchen and a linear gas fireplace. Towards the back, you’ll find an office (or guest room, your choice) with dramatic 20-foot ceilings, a lofted area and an ensuite bath. 

    Sunlight streams down through skylights in the lounge area, which features a six-foot gas linear fireplace.

    Courtesy of Serhant

    One of the artsy dig’s many highlights is the upper-level penthouse bedroom suite, which spans a whopping 1,200 square feet and features oak flooring, motorized shades, a kitchenette concealed within cabinetry, a large walk-in closet, and a windowed ensuite bath. The latter is kitted out with a custom double vanity, a smart toilet, heated towel racks, a steam shower, and a soaking tub. Of course, the coolest part is the private terrace for those summer sunsets. 

    RELATED: Artist Chuck Close’s Former Manhattan Home Hits the Market for $8 Million

    On the opposite end is where Mosler’s studio and workshop are located. The art lab is illuminated by lots of skylights, plus it has exposed beams and a mezzanine level. Fun fact: It’s also where the sculptor and ceramicist has held his in-studio exhibitions. 

    Mosler’s personal studio and workshop.

    Courtesy of Serhant

    “What truly sets 47 4th Street apart is its role in Gowanus—an area that is experiencing a renaissance unlike any other, making it an enticing destination for investors seeking growth potential and community vibrancy,” notes the listing, which is held by Ravi Kantha of Serhant. “Developers are transforming the area into the ‘Venice of Brooklyn’ that will bring an estimated 8,200 new apartments, including 3,000 affordable units, to an 82-block swath of Gowanus by 2035. The neighborhood will be mostly reoriented toward the waterfront, where there will be a new network of public esplanades, parkland, and plaza space with shops and eateries dotting brand-new streets—as well as plenty of new luxury housing.” 

    Click here to see more photos of John Mosler’s home. 

    Courtesy of Serhant


    Abby Montanez

    Abigail Montanez is a staff writer at Robb Report. She has worked in both print and digital publishing for over half a decade, covering everything from real estate, entertainment, dining, travel to…

    Read More More

  • in

    Drew Barrymore’s Bucolic Hamptons Retreat Can Be Yours for $8.4 Million

    For the past several years, Drew Barrymore has been splitting her time between a modestly appointed apartment on New York‘s Park Avenue—where she can be seen in a TikTok clip watching The Wedding Singer in a particularly teeny TV room—and an equally unpretentious yet powerfully charming residence in the Hamptons. But now the actress and talk show host is looking to lighten her real estate load, having hoisted her “converted barn estate” in the ritzy Sagaponack enclave on the market for a smidge under $8.5 million.

    Records show the beloved E.T. star paid $5.5 million back in 2019 for the 1.7-acre property, which is showcased by a farmhouse-style home boasting six bedrooms and five baths in nearly 6,900 square feet of living space accented throughout with rustic hardwood floors, high exposed-beam ceilings, and French doors offering seamless indoor/outdoor environs. There’s also a separate one-bedroom, one-bath guest cottage, set off an oversized roof deck, that has its own living room and office area.

    The rustic-chic living room is warmed by a brick fireplace.

    Lena Yaramenko for Sotheby’s International Realty

    Built over a century ago but extensively renovated during Barrymore’s tenure, the wood-shingled structure features a living room sporting a brick fireplace and built-in shelving, plus a terracotta-tiled kitchen outfitted with glass-front cabinetry, butcher block countertops, stainless appliances, and an eat-in peninsula. A see-through divider separates the kitchen from a breakfast nook and a great room, with other highlights including a pink-hued dining area with a window seat and skylight, as well as a primary suite that opens to a private patio.

    Stealing the proverbial show, however, are the picturesque grounds, which are laced with rolling lawns, specimen trees, and gardens and host a sundeck-encased swimming pool flanked by a pool house, along with a bocce court and several spots ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining. An added bonus: The Atlantic Ocean is less than a mile away.

    The park-like grounds are spotlighted by a Gunite pool surrounded by a sundeck.

    Lena Yaramenko for Sotheby’s International Realty

    Barrymore, 49, was born into a showbiz family and first gained fame as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was just 7 years old. She’s gone on to star in numerous other films, including Charlie’s Angeles, Boys on the Side, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed, and Grey Gardens, which earned her Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards. On TV, she appeared in the Netflix comedy series Santa Clarita Diet and can be seen daily on her eponymously named talk show, which was recently renewed through 2025.

    The listing is held by Kathy Konzet of Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage.

    Click here for more photos of Drew Barrymore’s Hamptons house.

    Harris Allen for Sotheby’s International Realty More

  • in

    Sean Hannity’s Long Island Estate Hits the Market for $13.75 Million

    Conservative political commentator Sean Hannity recently made a permanent move from New York to the so-called “free state of Florida.” So, it’s no surprise that the Fox News Channel star has decided to hoist his longtime New York residence in the Long Island enclave of Centre Island up for sale, as was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. He is already broadcasting the network’s Hannity program and The Sean Hannity Show on iHeartRadio from studios in the Sunshine State’s affluent Palm Beach community.

    Nestled amid a grassy parcel of land tucked alongside Oyster Bay, which feeds into the Long Island Sound, the waterfront estate just hit the market for a speck under $13.8 million—or about $5.2 million more than Hannity forked over for the place 16 years ago, back in spring 2008. The listing is held by Shawn Elliott of Nest Seekers International.

    Spanning roughly 6 acres, the picturesque spread is showcased by a New England-style home featuring seven en-suite bedrooms and a total of nine bathrooms in almost 11,000 square feet of multi-level living space, all with access to 500 feet of shoreline and an 81-foot private dock.

    The New England-style home rests on a roughly 6-acre parcel next to Oyster Bay.

    Josh Goetz/Studio 910

    Completed in 2005, the stone and wood-shingled structure greets with a lengthy gated driveway that empties out at an attached three-car garage. Once inside, a marble-clad foyer flows to a living room with French doors spilling out to a covered terrace warmed by a fire-pit, a formal dining room, and a gourmet kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry, an eat-in island, top-notch appliances, and an accompanying breakfast nook.

    Other highlights include a fireside family room and a snazzy blue-hued wet bar sporting granite countertops, as well as a sumptuous primary suite boasting a fireplace, a sitting area, a balcony, two walk-in closets, and a spa-inspired bath with dual vanities, a built-in soaking tub, and a glass-encased steam shower. According to Adweek, a fully equipped studio can be found elsewhere within the house.

    As for the lushly landscaped grounds, they’re laced with gardens, manicured lawns, and specimen trees and plantings, and host a swimming pool surrounded by a brick-clad sundeck. There’s also a tennis court, a par-3 golf course, and a separate putting green on the premises.

    In addition to his for-sale New York home, records show the 62-year-old N.Y.C. native owns an oceanfront townhouse in Florida’s South Palm Beach neighborhood that he paid $5.3 million for in early 2021. He also reportedly maintains several other residences in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.

    Click here for more photos of Sean Hannity’s New York house.

    Josh Goetz/Studio 910 More

  • in

    Exclusive: The Founder of Starz Lists His Manhattan Apartment for $10 Million

    John J. Sie, the founder and former CEO of Starz Entertainment Group, is ready to turn the channel on his Manhattan home, hoisting his elegantly detailed pre-war cooperative apartment back onto the market for just shy of $10 million. Records show the apartment was first listed in 2022 for $12 million. The stately residence, built in 1937, is nestled on the 30th floor of Hampshire House at 150 Central Park South.

    Sie, who retired from his CEO position in 2005, previously acted as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Showtime. Since stepping down from Starz, he and his wife Anna have turned their focus to philanthropy. Together, the couple has collectively shelled out $34 million to establish the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado in honor of their granddaughter. 

    The entrance gallery is embellished with polished marble floors and ornate crown moldings.

    Oleg Davidoff for Corcoran

    The 3,000-square-foot spread comprises three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A private elevator landing leads to an expansive entrance gallery decked out with custom marble floors, delicate light fixtures, and ornate crown moldings. Another of the standout spaces, a wood-paneled wet bar with a picture window overlooking the entirety of Central Park, is at the far end of the foyer and perfectly positioned for entertaining between the living and dining rooms.

    The living room has a carved marble fireplace and a Juliet balcony that juts out over the city, while the dining room, decked out with leaf-patterned crown molding and milk chocolate-colored high-shine lacquer walls, offers up media mogul-worthy park and skyline views. From here, a hidden door opens to the well-equipped galley kitchen, a windowless space with floral wallpaper, high-quality appliances, and black granite counters. 

    A hallway lined with built-in bookshelves leads to the home’s three bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has been outfitted as a library, with beautifully paneled walls and built-in cabinetry, and the primary suite is no less luxe, with a walk-in closet lined with custom wood cabinets and a marble en suite bath with a jacuzzi tub. 

    The formal dining room offers up views bird’s eye views over all of Central Park.

    Oleg Davidoff for Corcoran

    “With its blend of old-world charm and modern comforts, this exceptional residence offers a truly unparalleled living experience amidst the captivating backdrop of Central Park and the city skyline,” notes the listing, which is jointly handled by Catherine Juracich, Thomas Ventura, and Karena Cameron at Corcoran. 

    Equidistant between Berdorf Goodman’s and Columbus Circle and capped by a distinctive copper roof, The Hampshire House was originally built as a posh residential hotel. The lavishly appointed interior spaces were done up by the legendary decorator Dorothy Draper, who, according to Architectural Digest, eventually bought a duplex in the building. Among the building’s many other notable residents and guests are Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Nabokov, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe.

    Click here for more photos of John J. Sie’s New York City apartment.

    Oleg Davidoff for Corcoran


    Abby Montanez

    Abigail Montanez is a staff writer at Robb Report. She has worked in both print and digital publishing for over half a decade, covering everything from real estate, entertainment, dining, travel to…

    Read More More

  • in

    A ‘Shark Tank’ Star’s Sky-High N.Y.C. Penthouse Seeks $38 Million

    About a year ago, Robert Herjavec made heads spin when he forked over $26 million for an estate in Hidden Hills, the same gated Los Angeles suburb known for serving as home base to most of the Kardashian family members and various other celebrities. That sale price represented the most ever paid for a home in the exclusive community.

    So perhaps it’s not entirely surprising that Herjavec, a veteran Shark Tank judge and the founder and CEO of an eponymous IT security company, has now opted to sell one of his several other extravagant homes—this one a sky-high penthouse in the Big Apple.

    The penthouse is on one of the highest floors at the super-tall One57, one of N.Y.C.’s most well-known skyscrapers.

    Evan Joseph Images

    Listed at $38.5 million, and soaring high above nearly every other apartment in the city, Herjavec’s New York home spans an entire upper floor of One57, a much-publicized, 75-story skyscraper set on Manhattan’s so-called “Billionaires’ Row.” Herjavec acquired the penthouse nearly three years ago, paying about $32 million.

    Accessed via a private elevator landing, the mansion-sized condo’s visual drama starts at the entryway, where a 26-foot-wide foyer boasts two separate entrances to the home’s so-called “grand salon,” a great room with dizzying views framed by floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. This space boasts 58 feet of linear frontage overlooking Central Park, plus nearly the entire New York skyline and beyond.

    Naturally, all finishes and furnishings are bespoke and top-of-the-line, with Venetian plaster ceilings overlooking glossy Brazilian herringbone wood floors. The kitchen’s custom lacquered millwork will certainly impress, as will the premium Miele and Sub-Zero appliances; a built-in banquette and a separate, more formal dining area both have dramatic views overlooking the city.

    The primary suite itself is larger than many Manhattan apartments.

    Evan Joseph Images

    The 6,240-square-foot residence also includes four ensuite bedrooms, among them a 1,350-square-foot primary suite ensconced in its own wing, and complete with an elegant sitting area, a sumptuous dressing room and a hand-carved marble bathtub. All of the home’s bathrooms are done up in travertine or exotic slabs of marble, and every room on the premises features custom motorized shades for tranquility at the touch of one’s fingertips.

    Other amenities include a state-of-the-art home automation system, while building amenities are not limited to valet parking, a health club with a gym, private pool and spa, various dining and screening rooms, a library and billiards room, 24/7 concierge and even a pet spa. All of those ritzy features—and many more—are covered by a monthly HOA bill that tops $11,800.

    In addition to his relatively new Hidden Hills estate, Herjavec also owns several other multimillion-dollar homes. Among them are a bayfront getaway in California’s Newport Beach, a $15 million mansion in Sydney, Australia, and a waterfront residence in the Canadian township of Muskoka Lakes.

    Jorge Lopez of Compass holds the listing. Images by Evan Joseph Photography.

    Click here for more photos of Robert Herjavec’s Manhattan penthouse.

    Evan Joseph Images More