BUYER: Marc Leder
LOCATION: Sagaponack, NY
PRICE: $22,995,000 (asking)
SIZE: 8,000-ish square feet, 8 bedrooms, 9 full and three half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: South Florida-based leveraged buyout bigwig Marc Leder — sometimes referred to as the “Hugh Hefner of the Hamptons” and once dubbed by the every-saucy New York Post as “private equity party boy” — has caused quite a kerfuffle the last several years with his infamously raucous and occasionally x-rated fêtes held at a series of sumptuous and preposterously pricey rented estates in the Hamptons. This summer, neighbors near his $900,000 summer rental on usually placid Bay Lane in Water Mill complained to the media of fancy porta-potties on the front lawn and racing Escalades that ferried party guests to the land-locked estate located on a quiet dead-end lane.
Mister Leder may not be a household name in the Tinseltown gossip glossy sort of way but make no mistake, children, he’s a hardcore mover and shaker with a lot of dough and influence to toss around. He’s part of the consortium of plutocrats who own the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers basketball team and pals with famous folk like Russell Simmons and Rachel Zoe but he is perhaps best known to the public in general and politically oriented news junkies more specifically as the host of the 2012 $50,000 per plate fundraiser that got presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in so much hot water talking about the 47% of Americans who — he said — pay no income tax, take no personal responsibility for their lives and otherwise suck off the government teat in whatever ways they can. But we digress…
A few of weeks ago Mister Leder was spotted peeping high-priced properties in sleepy and low-key but immensely expensive Sagaponack and, so the reportage went in the New York Post, he toured an 8,000-ish-square-foot spec built spread with a $22.995 million price tag. Well, children, he must have like what he saw in because Your Mama heard word via a covert digital communiqué from a properly credentialed and well-connected gal we’ll call Queen Quidnunc, that Mister Leder is currently in contract to purchase said Sagaponack spec-built mansion for close to its asking price.
Digital marketing materials show the brand spanking new manse has a classic Hamptons-style shingled exterior and thoroughly modernized and — neighbors take note — soundproofed interiors that include eight bedrooms, nine full and three half bathrooms, four fireplaces, front and rear staircases plus a three stop elevator, a 16-zone geothermal HVAC system, and a three-car attached garage.
A paneled entrance gallery with a floating staircase set into a glass-walled tower leads in to a downright cavernous main floor Great Room with voluminous double-height ceilings. Additional main floor living spaces include a dining room, library, and expensively outfitted kitchen. The upper level master bedroom all by itself spans about 1,000-square-feet and encompasses a roomy bedroom with fireplace, a private office, two custom-fitted dressing rooms and a master bathroom described in listing details as “massive” and slathered in flame finished black granite and silver Travertine.
A finished basement level features a temperature controlled wine cellar, a state-of-the-art media room, games room, full gym and a so-called “bunk room” that sounds just about perfect for all Mister Leder’s future party guests too tired and/or intoxicated to drive home. The fully hedged and entirely landscaped grounds include multiple parking areas and vast flat lawns as well as 1,100-square-feet of blue stone terracing, a sunken Har-tru surface tennis court, a free-form swimming pool, and adjacent pool house and complete outdoor kitchen.
Mister Leder, said to have a net worth in the $400 million range, very well may own 17-dozen super-luxe properties around the world but this property gossip knows of only two besides his soon-to-be new estate in the Hamps. Back in April 2002, the 50-something year old divorcée paid $4.45 million for the Boca Raton mansion where Governor Romney made his aforementioned and surreptitiously recorded 47% faux-pas. The slightly more than an acre property sits inside the gates of a fancy-pants golf course community and, as per the Dade County Tax Man, has six bedrooms and nine full and two half bathrooms in 10,657 square feet.
Last year, perhaps looking for a swank and sexy spot to host a bunch of bikini clad babes for barbecue bashes and other amusements and entertainments, shelled out $15 million for a 4,176-square foot penthouse apartment with a private, roof top swimming pool at Ocean House, a posh, boutique condominium tower in Miami’s always swinging South Beach. (The seller was well-known and appropriately named chef Myles Chefetz of Miami Beach’s popular — and delicious fine dinery — Prime 112.)
The property was listed with and marketed by Zach and Cody Vichinsky of Bespoke Real Estate.