Marilyn Monroe Stayed in Hamptons House Listed for $12 Million – Rob Report
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Like many artists, literary figures, and actors of the 1950s, including Edward Albee, Jackson Pollock, and Truman Capote, newlyweds Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller headed to the Hamptons in the summer of 1957.
The couple is said to live in a modest cabin on Amagansett’s historic Stony Hill Farm, part of which is today owned by Alec and Hilaria Baldwin. However, as the story goes, to the frustration of the press, the couple frequently tracked by the paparazzi were also staying elsewhere on nearby Cowell Hill, in an old windmill that was invisible from the road and which had been converted into a unique and simply equipped dwelling. Just five years later, Monroe died at her home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, which had recently been purchased by a neighbor who had initially wanted to demolish the house.
Monroe and Miller’s unconventional romantic hideaway in the Hamptons, two miles from the famous Atlantic Avenue beach and known as The Windmill House, was recently listed for sale for $12 million. Bordered on two sides by protected land owned by the Peconic Land Trust, this approximately 5.5-acre wooded property offers complete privacy.
The windmill is located on the highest point of Quail Hill and was built in the mid-19th century. It pumped water for the farm where it remained for about 100 years, but sometime around 1950, Samuel Robin, founder of the Fabergé perfume company, converted the three-story mill into a country guest house. Around this time a structure was added to the back of the mill to house the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
The property was acquired in 1967 by Deborah Ann Light, a philanthropic heiress to the Upjohn pharmaceutical fortune (and a Wiccan priestess!) who was a founding member. Tax records indicate that the seller has owned the property for at least twelve years.
Today, the roughly 1,300-square-foot home remains a modest retreat in one of the most exclusive and expensive resort areas in the United States. It has a cozy living room, a compact kitchen with a small built-in table for two, two bedrooms, one of which is an octagonal space on the second floor, and one bathroom. The unfinished third floor, a unique wardrobe or storage space, still contains the mechanical equipment of the windmill; Metal brakes hold the grinder blades in place.
Outside the windmill’s front door is a large brick patio for enjoying the sea breeze, and elsewhere is a detached two-car garage and a small outbuilding that was previously used as an art studio.
Along with Monroe and Miller, The Windmill House has been a temporary refuge for many decorators and designers over the years, along with English actor Terence Stamp (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert(and satirical novelist Kurt Vonnegut)Slaughterhouse Five).
Listing agent Bobby Rosenbaum of Douglas Elliman has also stayed at The Windmill House over the years and told Rob reports“You can truly feel the immense power of Mother Nature in the beauty that surrounds this distinctive home, from the smell of fresh, clean, salty air gently blowing over Quail Hill, to the musical sounds of the wind kissing the trees and rustling their branches.”
However, this is the Hamptons, the summer playground of the world’s richest and most famous people. Thus, the value of this property may lie not so much in its literary and spectacle provenance as in its ability to build a residence of up to 20,000 square feet, according to marketing materials, with distant views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Montauk River. / Nabijo Bay.
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