West End Road, one of the most coveted streets in the Hamptons, is the sublime setting for the home of art world power couple Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe, who are selling their 1.5-acre spread along the serene, sought-after road with a skin-blistering $60 million ask. Kyle Rosko and Marcy Braun of Douglas Elliman share the listing.
With 170 feet of ocean frontage and views of Georgica Pond, the sizable-but-short-of-huge house spans about 6,100 square feet, with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. There’s also a separate three-car garage. Unlike most other houses in the area, this one boasts an oceanside pool surrounded by a thick carpet of grass that stretches out to the dunes rolling toward the ocean. Bursting with roses, peonies and hydrangeas, the gardens were designed by Barbara. Like Lloyd, she came from humble beginnings to found the couple’s influential 20th century decorative arts dealership, Macklowe Gallery, in 1971. (It was actually Harry Macklowe, Lloyd’s property developer brother, whose year’s-long and tabloid-tracked divorce ordered the sale of their art collection, some of which was auctioned at Sotheby’s this week and brought in a staggering $676 million.)
Known as the Ellery S. James House, the Macklowe home was built in 1926 by architect Roger Bullard, who is also well known for having built East Hampton’s ultra-snooty Maidstone Club. Later renovations added a circular breakfast nook (seen below) and a butler’s pantry, among other improvements. There’s also a gym in the lower level as well as an upper-level office suite. Though altered since to accommodate a more modern lifestyle, original floor plans (below) show there were just three bedrooms for the family and four for domestic staff, plus another bedroom for the children’s governess.