This Issue's Big Deal Listing: 376 Gin Lane, Southampton



In a highly unusual development, a 1.8-acre oceanfront estate is possibly going back to the bank. Louise Blouin’s La Dune, at 376 Gin Lane in Southampton, is reportedly on the chopping block for an estimated pre-foreclosure price of $12,454,090. The owner of Louise Blouin Media, the publishing company responsible for Art + Auction and Modern Painters magazines and the art website BlouinArtInfo.com, has been sued for allegedly not paying her bills, though her personal fortune is estimated at $600 million and she is routinely cited as one of the wealthiest women in the United Kingdom, where she makes her home.

Nicknamed the Red Queen for her sartorial flair and off-with-their-heads management style, Blouin has had a storied history with the 10,900-square-foot house, which has reportedly been in lis pendens since late 2014. (Manhattan’s Reed Smith law firm is managing the sale.) Designed by Stanford White, the five-bedroom, six-bath home was previously owned by advertising titan Carl Spielvogel and his writer/activist/producer wife, HC&G contributing editor Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, who sold it to Blouin and her second (now ex-) husband, John MacBain, in 1988, though the couple tried to back out of the $11.7 million deal after the area was ravaged by storms. Yearly taxes on the property, which was assessed at just over $20 million in 2013, reportedly hover around $68,000. Blouin’s four-bedroom penthouse duplex on Charles Street in Manhattan, designed by architect Richard Meier, is also on the market, listed for $40 million.

A version of this article appeared in the Auguts 15 2015 issue of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Deeds and Don't: Fleetwood Affair.

 

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33 Crooked Mile Road, Darien, CT
Magnificent blend of classic Connecticut craftsmanship and style with the ease of contemporary living, filled with natural light and modern flow. Each space has been designed with exquisite attention to detail, from the intimate paneled library to the luxurious master bathroom with heated glass mosaic floor and elegant soaking tub. Set on a private cul-de-sac with a pool surrounded by beautiful gardens, enjoy privacy and serenity in a park-like setting only 5-minutes from Darien town and train.



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20 Juniper Road, Darien, CT
One of the largest waterfront properties in Darien. Magnificent 11-room estate on 7.1 private acres looking south to Long Island Sound and north to Goodwives River and Rings End Bridge. The 8,300 sq.ft. home includes: great room with 12’ ceilings and 2 limestone fireplaces, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, family room with stone fireplace. 10 sets of French doors to expansive flagstone terrace. 5 en-suite bedrooms with water views, 8 bathrooms, full basement with billiard room, astroturf play room, workshop. Includes a pool/spa, outdoor shower and dock and more!



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29 Barn Lane, Bridgehampton
Beautiful 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom home conveniently located between Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. This 6,400 SF Dutch Gambrel home is the perfect place to relax or host family and friends this summer. 10’ – 11’ ceilings throughout main level including a designer kitchen featuring breathtaking stonework with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. The master suite showcases a luxurious bathroom. Finished lower level, upgraded construction features, and integrated concierge services by Chaloners make Barn and Vine the easiest home for you.

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Unprecedented Compound, East Hampton NY
Featured in the Wall Street Journal Mansion section and the New York Post, this luxurious 23-acre compound minutes from East Hampton Village includes an approx. 18,000-sq.ft., 12+ bedroom main house, chic 6-bedroom former carriage house, and charming horse stables with paddocks and riding fields. The Cotswold-inspired main house with heated gunite pool, oversized spa, pool house, and hard-court tennis is framed by stone courtyards, covered arbors, and idyllic gardens.



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265 Thimble Island Road
Lifestyle & Luxury meet the sea in this 4 bedroom waterfront home with panoramic views of the Thimble Islands. This home embraces it’s surrounding & is the epitome of seaside elegance. The interior is caressed with charm & character. The walls of windows bring in the light of illuminating ocean sunrises & by evening the interior space is filled with picturesque evening sunsets. The lush side courtyard & wrap around deck both take on spectacular water views making this home the envy of the most rich & famous.

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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.

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