Real Estate News

DePersia Gets Cavett Listing

It’s only natural: one Hamptons icon hooking up with another. Corcoran’s Gary DePersia is the unquestioned real estate go-to broker for the glitterati, and Dick Cavett? Why, he’s the guy who brought intelligence to late night television.

This week Dick Cavett and his wife Martha Rogers Cavett put the legendary “Tick Hall” back on the market with a new price, perspective, and brokers — DePersia, along with Karen Kelley.

The estate is unique, sitting on a 20-acre oceanfront parcel, perched on huge bluffs, with spectacular views in all directions and a secluded 900-foot beach. It was first listed by Corcoran for $62 million in 2017 and has been reduced to $48.5 million.

The 7000-square-foot, six-bedroom, five-bath and three-story house has been part of the Hamptons and Montauk scene for more than 135 years. It is the easternmost of seven homes built in the early 1880s that became part of the Montauk Association, later known as the Seven Sisters, forming a cluster of homes for wealthy friends of Brooklyn industrialist Arthur Benson, who purchased thousands of acres of Montauk land several years earlier.

The Cavett residence was originally designed by McKim, Mead & White and sited by Frederick Law Olmstead of Central Park fame for wealthy businessman Alexander Orr. Cavett bought the home in 1968 from attorney Harrison Tweed, its second owner, after renting it for a number of summers.

The home burned to the ground in 1997, in an accident possibly linked to a roof repair, leaving only the chimney standing, and destroying years of family heirlooms and antiques. Cavett and his late wife Carrie Nye vowed to build an exact replica in its place, not allowing any updates or even to fix mistakes with the original home. With no plans remaining of the home, the couple relied on photographs, their own memories, and even unorthodox methods like measuring the height of their pet dogs from a photo of them jumping up on a windowsill.

The reconstruction of the home was the subject of a 2003 documentary, From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall, which went into detail about the use of “forensic architecture and archeology” by Wank Adams Slavin Associates, known for their preservation work.

In the new build, Cavett added a pond and a pool out of sight of the residence. In 2008, Cavett sold 77 acres around the residence for $18 million in what became public parkland, thus preventing developers from purchasing the sought-after property.

Guests in the home have included Muhammad Ali, Sir Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams, Alec Baldwin, and Woody Allen.

Book a viewing with DePersia by calling him at 516-380-0538.