Hamptons estate gets $140 million price tag

Historic East Hampton home owned by Chris Whittle is area's priciest at $140 million

Making waves over on the East Coast this week is an 11.2-acre estate in Suffolk County that, at $140 million, is believed to be the most expensive home publicly listed for sale in the Hamptons.

Owned by education entrepreneur Chris Whittle, the pricey estate known as the Briar Patch consists of a Georgian Revival main residence of about 10,000 square feet, a 3,500-square-foot guesthouse, a sunken tennis court and a pool and spa. Private frontage on the east shore of the Georgica Pond spans 1,156 feet.

The six-bedroom home, designed by Albert C. Jackson and completed in 1931, underwent a restoration by architect Peter Marino in 1990 and boasts two-foot-wide reclaimed floorboards, handmade wallpaper and hand-stenciled ceilings throughout.

Features include a three-story great room, a dining room, a sunken library, a den, two kitchen areas and four fireplaces. A third-story exercise room centers on ocean views.

Through French doors, the main level opens to wrap-around porches overlooking bucolic grounds with mature sycamore, beech and linden trees, a private pond, woodlands and large expanses of grass. The guesthouse, complete with double-height master suite and separate entrance driveway, offers four additional bedrooms.

Whittle purchased the estate, which is on National Register of Historic Places, in 1989. He had previously asked up to $45 million for the home in 2002 and 2003, according to the Wall Street Journal. It was also offered for lease at $175,000 a month.

Peter Turino, president of Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, is the listing agent.

Briar Patch is the latest $100-million-plus offering to hit the Multiple Listing Service this year. Recent nine-figure listings have included an uncompleted mansion in Hillsboro Beach, Fla., priced at $139 million and an equestrian estate in Montecito with an asking price of $125 million. Topping them both, however, was Palazzo di Amore, the 25-acre estate in Beverly Hills that was listed for sale in November at $195 million.

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