Dick Cavett is selling his home at Montauk Point for a mere bagatelle, $62million. Hey, if he can get that price, more power to him, that’s not my quibble.
What really bothers me is the copy in the listing.
A Historic Treasure
Designed by celebrated Stanford White of McKim Mead and White, and originally built in 1882-1883, this property has never before been on the open market in its 135-year history. As the paragon of the “Seven Sisters” built for wealthy New York City businessmen in the early 1880s, Tick Hall was one of seven summer “cottages” which today form a special gathering of private homes that together are listed on the National Historic Preservation List. Built for Alexander E. Orr and his family, the home was designated “The Orr House” in the nineteenth century. When the property was purchase by Harrison Tweed in 1924, he renamed it Tick Hall, after the nickname given to family and friends: “ticks” and “tickettes.
But minor detail, this:
A fire destroyed Tick Hall in 1997.
Now, to Cavett’s credit, and probably thanks to his insurance company’s largesse, the house was rebuilt.
……descendants of the original McKim Mead and White firm used “forensic architecture” and the highest of today’s building standards to recreate the house exactly. Hundreds of photographs taken over the years were combined, measuring the relative height of people or dogs and the home’s details to lay out exact measurements, design details, and construction techniques to perfectly reproduce the original building, including worn spots in the door sills and the creak in the stairway. But behind the beautiful paneled walls and ceiling lurk modern amenities such as high speed internet and insulation. Although the house rarely needs it, thanks to mild ocean breezes, it has central zoned heating and air conditioning. Other amenities are too numerous to list.
Which brings me to the title of my post. To my way of marketing thinking, this is a NEW home, built in 1997, not remotely historic, a certainly NOT a historic treasure.
I’m also a bit baffled by the copy that says:
A private path winds to your own oceanfront cove
A private path and a thousand steep steps…right? The house is pretty high up on the cliff so I call hogwash on the realtor-speak of a winding path.
Oh well, I suppose there are plenty of people who want the amazing seclusion that this home offers, not to mention the incredible unobstructed view. I bet it’ll sell quickly, for full asking price. Who will it be though? The Obama’s? Leo deCaprio? John Kerry, adding to his trophy home collection? Trump? Cavett is a known Trump hater so I suspect even if Trump put in a full price offer, it would be refused.
I’d pass. It’s not my idea of a warm and comfy beach home. You, are you a yes or a no?