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Midcentury Modern on Five Acres: Quail Hill in Amagansett

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390 Town Lane Amagansett
390 Town Lane Amagansett


This house was built in the early 1950s for Samuel Rubin, the founder of Faberge cosmetics. He hired Alfred Scheffer, called "the dean of East Hampton architects" in a 1970s exhibition at Guild Hall, to design it. It retains many of its original Scheffer touches, such as the brick fireplace, bluestone floors, and cedar ceiling beams. The house was completely modernized and added on to in the past few years by the current sellers. Now the house features solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, central steam humidification, internet controlled thermostats, a Sonos sound system, and a backup generator.

The house is 5500sf with four bedrooms and six baths. There's a three-car garage with a caretaker's apartment and a rather lovely pool. With 5.3 acres of land, and adjacent to the Quail Hill CSA farm, there's plenty of privacy. Asking price is $11.995M. This is a hard one to price, frankly. There really aren't any comps, except possibly for Mr. Rubin's former guesthouse, the famous windmill house, which is tiny, with 5.45 acres of land, and has been on the market for quite some time at $8.5M. Of course, almost certainly anyone buying that property would still need to build a house, whereas this one is newly renovated.

· Quintessential Quail Hill [BHS]