East Hampton, New York, United States
It’s one of the largest and most expensive properties in East Hampton. Ron Baron, founder of the Baron Funds investment company, paid a record-setting $103 million for the then vacant 40 acre oceanfront property. He purchased it in 2007 from Schlumberger heiress Adelaide de Menil and her husband Ted Carpenter. USA Today 30 reported that the property previously included four antique houses and that the sellers donated them to the town, which moved the buildings and plans to use them as a new town hall. Baron commissioned one of the finest architects of today, Douglas C. Wright, who at the time, was a principal with Hart Howerton. Wright currently operates Douglas C. Wright Architects based in New York. From Douglas C. Wright’s project page, “Recalling the grand Shingle Style of McKim, Mead & White, the Hamptons, and Newport, Rhode Island, this house uses geometry and balanced forms to bring order to a large composition. The house stretches out along the rustic dunes so that nearly all the rooms open to porches, decks, and magnificent views of the ocean. The crisp, white Shingle Style details frame important moments both inside and out, providing structure for the interior decoration by Bunny Williams Interior Design and vivid counterpoint to the exterior shingle envelope.” The vast property includes numerous driveways, lush landscaping, a tennis court, garaging for at least 8 vehicles, a guest house and studio, pool with spa, pool house a boardwalk to the beach.