Furnished Properties that Give New Meaning to the Word Turnkey



Designed soup to nuts by James Michael Howard, Mecox Farm in Water Mill is listed for just under $25 million. It’s no secret that staging can help sell homes—potential buyers are better able to envision sitting at a Ligne Roset dining table if there’s already one in situ at the open house. But there’s staging, and then there are fully furnished properties that give new meaning to the word “turnkey.”

A few seasons ago, Florida-based decorator James Michael Howard started speculating on spec houses, delivering them designed to the nines. While he admits to some trepidation over his all-or-nothing scheme, he points to his track record thus far. “This is not my first rodeo,” he says. “Our success rate has been incredible.”

His most recent roll of the dice: 41 Halsey Lane in Water Mill, where the $24.95 million asking price includes not just the kitchen sink, but the handmade mirror hanging above the Scagliola fireplace mantel and the custom-made Nepalese rug that recalls Matisse’s legendary cutouts. The inspiration, Howard says, is “a great English country house in the Cotswolds, purchased by an American investor who turned it into a cool hotel. If you’re shopping for a new home with the intention of relaxing and having your friends over, buying it fully decorated just makes things easier.”

The Halsey Lane home has been dubbed Mecox Farm by Howard, after its proximity to Mecox Bay, as well as the name of the original property—a former Halsey family farm. It is Howard’s fourth all-inclusive Hamptons project; the third, a seven-bedroom on Calf Creek Court in Water Mill, sold for a little more than its $11.95 million asking price. “I’m a big fan of staging in spec houses because it encourages buyers and speeds up the sale,” says Corcoran’s Gary DePersia, the listing agent on both properties. Though such homes can be purchased unfurnished at a lower price, DePersia concedes that certain items, such as wall coverings, would be difficult to remove.

A version of this article appeared in the August 1 2015 issue of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Deeds and Don'ts: Stable Investments.

 

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76 Windmill Lane, Bridgehampton
On 2+/- acres, landscaped for complete privacy, this complex consists of three interconnected enameled clad steel barns custom designed by Jack Ceglic, with radiant heat concrete floors, maintenance free exteriors and grand, open spaces. The 4,600+/- sq. ft. main house offers custom kitchen, master and guest suites, library and half bath. All rooms open to large mahogany terrace. The guest house/studio has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and separate study. Heated gunite lap pool.



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5 Green Pond Road, New Milford, CT
Litchfield County's fabled Candlelight Farms Airport. This is a rare opportunity to own one of CT's few grass strip airports. Moments from Candlewood Lake and all that Litchfield County offers. Bucolic 35 acre setting with 2,900 ft. turf runway. The collector-quality hangar boasts a steel framed, 6,000 sq ft structure with automatic doors. Spacious enough to store up to 10 Piper Cub size planes. Perfect for a private user, a collective of enthusiasts or a commercial investment.



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64 Birchwood Lane, Bridgehampton
6,100 SF Barn-style home conveniently located between Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. With six bedrooms, six full baths and two half baths, this home will entertain family and friends all year round with two fireplaces, one of which is in the spacious master suite. Enter into a Grand entry foyer, 10’–11’ ceilings throughout main level and into a designer kitchen. Relax outside with beautiful landscaping and a heated gunite pool. Integrated concierge through Chaloners for an effortless Bridgehampton lifestyle.

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20 Hook Pond Lane, East Hampton
On a private lane in the Hook Pond estate area is a new home designed by Abstract Builders. The 10,000 SF home (on 3 levels) is perfectly sited on a 1.6 acre lot to take full advantage of the pond and ocean views. Dramatic open kitchen, dining and living space opens to the outside; includes 7 ensuite bedrooms, plus light-filled lower level with billiards, viewing room, wine cellar and sauna. Outside, landscaped grounds surround a gunite pool, spa and pool house.



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57 Miller Lane East, East Hampton
Charming East Hampton cottage renovated in 2013 was transformed into a 2,500+/- sq. ft. dream home. On the first level are two bedrooms, a bath, open living areas, and a sunroom. The bluestone sun porch overlooks a beautiful pool and pool house with garden. Upstairs master suite features a bath with marble herringbone floor with nickel Samuel Heath shower fixtures. Custom window treatments, Phillip Jeffries wallpaper throughout and Sonos inside and outside.



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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony. Call Ileana Barns Slavin Associates-William Raveis at (203) 246-7215.

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