- Approx. Sq. Ft.7,000
- Central air
- Dining room
- Excellent light
- Great closet space
- Hardwood floors
- Modern kitchen
- Security system
- Walk-in closets
Dick Cavett’s Montauk, Long Island home: INCOMPARABLE OCEANFRONTThis ultra-private location known for the turn of the century Montauk Association summer colony "Seven Sisters", homes designed by Stanford White and Frederick Law Olmsted is the setting for this historic home on a 20 acre parcel with over 900 feet of ocean frontage in the exquisite Montauk Moorlands. One of the most extraordinary Homes in the world, it is bordered to the east by over 170 acres of oceanfront parkland with an additional 1,200 ft. of pristine coastline. A top-of-the-world site provides 360 degree views over your unmatched domain. A private path winds to your own oceanfront cove known by local cognoscenti as, “Cavett’s Cove”, with the most private sandy beach on the East End. Incredible natural beauty in this setting and Miles and miles of equestrian trails are at your doorstep. A secluded fresh water pond offers a location on the property that screams for meditation as well as the swimming pool set away from the home down a special canopied trail boasting views of the sea. Only minutes to the regional airport, Lake Montauk marinas, world class golf and the renowned amenities of the Hamptons.
A Historic TreasureDesigned by celebrated Stanford White of McKim Mead and White, and originally built in 1882-1883, this property has never before been on the open market in its 135-year history. As the paragon of the “Seven Sisters” built for wealthy New York City businessmen in the early 1880s, Tick Hall was one of seven summer “cottages” which today form a special gathering of private homes that together are listed on the National Historic Preservation List. Built for Alexander E. Orr and his family, the home was designated “The Orr House” in the nineteenth century. When the property was purchase by Harrison Tweed in 1924, he renamed it Tick Hall, after the nickname given to family and friends: “ticks” and “tickettes.” In 1967, then-ABC talk show host Dick Cavett discovered the house, and rented, then bought, it from Babette Tweed. After 50 treasured years on the property, Cavett is looking for the right next owner of this one of a kind, quietly spectacular and very special property.
A private beach on the Atlantic, a secret pond, miles of picturesque walking trails through woods, a charming and peaceful garden, a private and magical pool, and a huge wraparound covered porch. Twenty acres adjacent on nearly all sides by over 100 acres of Conservancy land. Neighbors include the other McKim Mead & White Sister houses, the famous 6-1/2 acre Andy Warhol estate (sold in 2015 for $49,000,000), and some of the most interesting people in entertainment, art, music, theatre, and business, as well as Montauk’s famous Ditch Plains Beach and an 1792 Lighthouse that was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington. Tick Hall has incomparable views of beaches and lands which are all protected from further development by zoning and conservancy.
The Best of Old and NewA fire destroyed Tick Hall in 1997, but descendants of the original McKim Mead and White firm used “forensic architecture” and the highest of today’s building standards to recreate the house exactly. Hundreds of photographs taken over the years were combined, measuring the relative height of people or dogs and the home’s details to lay out exact measurements, design details, and construction techniques to perfectly reproduce the original building, including worn spots in the door sills and the creak in the stairway. But behind the beautiful paneled walls and ceiling lurk modern amenities such as high speed internet and insulation. Although the house rarely needs it, thanks to mild ocean breezes, it has central zoned heating and air conditioning. Other amenities are too numerous to list.
When it was first built, the house did not have bathrooms or kitchen, and the horse barn was located where the hydrangea garden is today. In the 1930s, a small addition was added to the back of the house with a modest but charming kitchen downstairs and three bathrooms upstairs. In 2013, without affecting the McKim Mead and White original design, that back addition was expanded with the help of architect Nicholas Botta to include an ensuite master bath, a second floor sleeping porch, and a wonderful highly workable gourmet kitchen that captures the feel of the original, with views of the ocean, and French doors to a first floor screened porch, all seamless to the original feel of the home. This place is not grand or splendid. It is merely wonderful.