SELLER: Ross Bleckner
LOCATION: Daniel’s Lane, Sagaponack, NY
SIZE: 4 acres, 2,000 square feet, plus outbuildings
DESCRIPTION: Hear the ocean from this very private and breathtaking setting in the heart of Sagaponack. Once the home of Truman Capote, this property has an ocean view main house, legal 2 bedroom guest house, 1,900 sq ft artist’s studio, detached garage and swimming pool. It is an oasis with stunning gardens, lawns and mature trees set 1,000 feet from the ocean. Main house is a south facing, mid century modern home tastefully appointed and has plan and permits to expand. Guest house is ideally situated with its own privacy, gardens and parking.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We are way late to the rodeo on the faboo Hamptons hideaway that noted abstract artist Ross Bleckner recently put on the market for $14,800,000, but we desired to discuss it anyway for three reasons.
1. The 4 acre, L-shaped compound on Daniel’s Lane in quietly swanky Sagaponack, NY sits just a hop, skip and a jump from Gibson’s Beach where Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter often took our long bodied bitches Linda and Beverly to frolic in the sand and surf.
2. The mid century modern main house was built in 1961 and owned for many years by one of Your Mama’s favorite fey writers Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood, and his dee–lishusly scandalous Answered Prayers). And as far as we’re concerned real estate provenance doesn’t get any better than that.
3. As we mentioned above, the property is currently owned and being sold by screamingly successful artist Ross Bleckner, a man who once invited Your Mama over to his big building on White Street that used to be the Mudd Club where he proceeded to show us his luminous and enigmatic abstract paintings and then unceremoniously shoved his hand down our pants. The much older Mister Bleckner was, of course, roundly rebuffed and Your Mama made a quick exit down the very scary manually operated elevator at the back of the building. This was an ice age ago when Your Mama was a still pretty young thing, so we can’t blame Mister Bleckner for wanting to sample our buffet. However, we just weren’t interested in anything but his paintings. True story children, true story.
Anyhoo, Miss Bleckner has excellent taste–not to mention access to any number of nice gay decorators–and although the listing is no longer available online, we can assure the children that if it were you’d see a well put together weekend hideaway in the Hamptons perfect for hunkering down from the humidity and entertaining all the other very rich artist types that people the East End.
Recent reports reveal that Mister Bleckner picked up the property for just $800,000 back in May of 1993. The prime piece of property was purchased from the Nature Conservancy who was bequeathed the property when Mister Capote’s long time man friend Jack Dunphy died in 1992. The property was left to Mister Dunphy when the sassy and wickedly smart Mister Capote passed on to the big Black and White Ball in the sky in 1984.
The property includes a flat roofed main house with floor to ceiling windows that provide long vistas towards the roiling Atlantic Ocean, a two-bedroom guest house at the front of the property built for Mister Dunphy, a detached garage and a 1,900 square foot artist’s studio where we imagine Mister Bleckner pushes his paint around. In addition to what the listing calls “stunning gardens,” there is a swimming pool which we have no doubt has been the scene of all kinds of nudity over the years.
It’s hard to believe that the long time figure on the Hamptons well heeled social circuit would flee the Hamptons all together, but as of today we have no word on whether Mister Bleckner is going to take his money and run or if he’s planning on taking his $14,000,000 profit and buying himself new summer digs.