SELLER: Kathleen Turner
LOCATION: Bluff Road, Amagansett, NY
SIZE: 5,000 square feet (approx.), 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: (shortened) Historic Bluff Road resident built in 1903 complete with sweeping, unobstructed ocean vistas from every major room…This extraordinary home is a superb example of classic Hamptons living. 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, den, formal dining room, sunroom, and eat-in kitchen with butler’s pantry…Outside you can enjoy the lush, landscaped yard, heated gunite pool, hot tub, pool house and separate three-car garage.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Summer in the city means helicoptering to the Hamptons on steamy Friday afternoons to escape the sweltering urban heat and bask in soft ocean breezes. Of course, it also means running in to all your rich and fancy New York neighbors at obscenely expensive restaurants that require reservations weeks in advance. And ladies, do not forget to pack all your best Jimmy Choos, Tory Burch tunics, and for the gentlemen, a couple of pairs of ironic Lily Pulitzer whale printed pants and white linen shirts. Because if you look shitty, the people will whisper about how bad you look.
One of the few places to escape the near constant summer hubbub and extreme haughtiness of the Hamptons is Amagansett, home to one of Your Mama and the Dr. Cooters’ favorite road side seafood shacks and the location of gravel voiced actress Kathleen Turner’s Bluff Road weekend house. The good thing about Amagansett is that it’s removed from the crush of traffic the Hamptons has become. The bad thing about Amagansett is that in order to get there you have to get through the wall to wall traffic that defines Bridgehampton and East Hampton from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
According to a brief and recent article in New York Magazine, Miz Turner’s historic house was first put on the market in 2005 for $8,000,000. This was shortly after she split from her real estate magnate huzband Jay Weiss. Unfortunately for her pocketbook, no one took the plunge at that high price and the house was taken off the market. After a brief hiatus and a substantial price reduction, the house has recently been plopped back on the block at at $6,995,000.
The five bedroom house has 6.5 bathrooms which pretty much means a cleaning gurl must visit the property on a regular basis to scrub down all seven terlits in the house. And if you know anything about what rich Hamptonites complain about, finding good help to scrub the terlits and make the beds can be a real chore.
Miz Turner’s house features a couple living rooms and a couple of fireplaces. Both are nice features. But probably the most enviable and valuable feature of the property is the 25+ acre preserve across the street. This scrubby dune-scape ensures the long ocean vistas from the house will not be cluttered and ruined by having to look at one of the 18,000 square foot summer houses that 30 year old hedge fund managers are building all up and down the Montauk Highway.
You Mama hasn’t a clue why Miz Turner would want to sell her perfectly lovely, white walled and kick off your sandy shoes casual weekend house, but given that she’s a busy Broadway actress lately plying her trade all over the U-nited States in the stage version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, we imagine she hasn’t got two minutes to spend in Amagansett this summer. Or maybe there’s just too many marriage memories here that she doesn’t want to live with anymore.