For $11.5 million, you can frolic in the famous Hamptons windmill house where the legendary Marilyn Monroe and the playwright Arthur Miller evaded the press in the summer of 1957.
“They used to sneak away from the other property they were renting and sneak off to the windmill and use it as their love nest,” says the listing agent, Bobby Rosenbaum. “They would shake the paparazzi off, because the paparazzi couldn’t see the windmill from the road and didn’t know they were there.”
“It’s high on the hill, looking down at Quail Hill Farm. At night, you can hear the whispering sounds of the ocean when the air is still,” Rosenbaum explains.
The land is rolling meadows, with no fencing to inhibit wildlife.
“It’s kind of like a magical scene on the property, because you have wild turkeys, deer, rabbits, probably some raccoons. It’s just a sweet little spot.”
The property includes three buildings: a studio, a two-car garage, and the windmill itself.
“The windmill was really a working windmill at one time. It was converted in the 1950s by Samuel Rubin, the founder of Fabergé,” Rosenbaum explains, referring to the perfume company Rubin founded in the 1960s.
“He added on a kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom, and he converted the second floor of the windmill into a bedroom. The third floor remains the mechanics of the original working windmill.”
The octagonal structure has 1,300 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bathroom.
If that isn’t enough living space, local zoning rules will allow a new owner to build another residence of up to a 20,000 square feet.
“The building is magical. It’s like a storybook home. How many real working windmills have been converted into a home in America?” Rosenbaum asks. “I could see it being a guest cottage or a really cool pool house or an artist studio.”
The windmill was last on the market in 2016 for $8.5 million, and the owner took it off the market in 2018.
“We raised the price, and we feel that it has value,” Rosenbaum explains. “That’s what he’s looking to get. There are other properties in the area that don’t match the magic this property seems to have.”
The living space is compact, but has everything, even laundry, an outdoor shower, and a dog run.
The kitchen is galley-style, with all the appliances a kitchen needs, including a dishwasher.
“The [kitchen] windows face the beautiful property, the driveway down, and the sloping hills that lead to the apple orchard. It’s just nice to be cooking and looking at that window,” Rosenbaum says.
The main level also includes a living space, one of the bedrooms, and the bathroom.
Given the property’s history and potential, Rosenbaum is optimistic that the perfect buyer is out there.
“This is a trophy asset. This is a property for somebody that has everything, but doesn’t have a windmill home,” he adds. “And you do have the ability to develop it, so it’s kind of like a hybrid of trophy, yet developable. You have a lot of options with this property.”
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