Around the late 1800s when the Hamptons on New York’s Long Island was becoming a popular vacation spot for some of the country’s wealthiest, developer Arthur Benson purchased a large acreage comprised of almost all of Montauk. He engaged architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White to design an enclave of seven vacation homes and a clubhouse for his friends with paths from each home leading to the clubhouse. The individual lots were divided into large parcels, ensuring complete privacy for the families. Important to the history of the area, the Montauk Association, as it was called, has become the Montauk Association Historic District, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
“The thinking man’s talk show host,” Dick Cavett and his actress wife of 42 years, Carrie Nye, owned one of the “Seven Sisters” houses, and though the original clubhouse succumbed to the elements years ago, the houses themselves have been lovingly maintained as they passed through the generations with their owners. When the Cavett house burnt down in 1997 with only the chimney left, the couple decided to rebuild the house exactly the way it was without any change or adaptation to the original plan. Now at age 80, Cavett has put the storied home on the market.
Located in the Montauk Moorlands on 20 acres with more than 900 feet of oceanfront, the shingle-style house measures in at 6,000 square feet of living space with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. A path winds from the house to what is locally known as Cavett’s Cove and the property abuts a 170-acre parkland gaining an additional 1,200 feet of uninterrupted coastline views. The property has miles of horse trails, a swimming pool and a secluded freshwater pond.
A rare offering, legendary talk show host, Dick Cavett, is selling his Hamptons home, one of the fabled “Seven Sisters” - a perfect replica built in 1997 after the original 1890’s era home burned to the ground. Priced at $62 million.
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