Secluded Seaside Estate in Little Compton, RI

Tucked away in the quiet seaside village of Little Compton, Rhode Island sits Bayberry Farm.  The iconic 127 acre gentleman’s estate has hit the market for the first time in 50 years!  The mile long driveway leads you to the lovely 1925 French, Normandy inspired white-washed manor, which sits perched at the mouth of the Sakonnet River. The unobstructed panorama of the shimmering open ocean is nothing short of breathtaking, and can be all yours for $12,950,000.00 (a steal compared to Andy Warhol’s former Hamptons Estate)
Bayberry 30The home is truly one of the last of it’s kind. Located on one of New England’s most scenic coastlines in Little Compton, Rhode Island the unknown secret of this estate lies with the history of it’s former owner. The 127 acre property was purchased back in 1964 by Frederick L. Bissinger a chemical company executive in the early days of the American chemical boom. Frederick L. Bissinger Jr. estimates that his father bought the home in Little Compton for about $120,000. Mr. Bissinger Sr. recently passed away on March 3, 2009, at the age of 98 leaving Bayberry Farm to his two children Frederick Jr. and Elizabeth Witt.  Both visited every year. ‘It’s like going down to a dream world,’ recalls Ms. Witt. Bayberry 16Bissinger lived year-round in Maryland, and utilized Bayberry Farm as a family Summer retreat for it’s calm, and secluded atmosphere.  Like BayBerry, Little Compton, RI exudes a quaint charm founded upon agricultural traditions, beautiful beaches, and a laid-back attitude.  And while the 6,800 square foot coastal manor sits on 127 acres of pristine farmland, the land will never be sold to a large residential or commercial developer as nearly half of it has been dedicated to land preserves, more specifically: 58 acres of the land on the eastern half of the property will be designated as a private wildlife sanctuary, in memory of Julia S. and Frederick L. Bissinger, Sr.

Mr. Bissinger was an avid Little Compton land conservationist, and one of the first town residents to protect his land.  At the Bissinger family’s suggestion, 23 people have made donations to the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust in memory of Mr. Bissinger.  While alive in 1994, Mr. Bissinger generously donated the development rights to Bayberry Farm protecting his prestigious property for the sake of both the town and the landscape he so loved. This insures that Bayberry will most certainly be purchased by a family, and not a large developer.  The land trust does however provide for the opportunity for two additional structures to be built on 15 and 17 acres respectively, presenting a one in a lifetime opportunity for a family compound/equestrian estate. Bayberry 27

The property also comes with a 2 bedroom guest house, a 4 car garage, a large barn, and  Bedroom suites have 180 degree views, 2 bedroom guest house, 4 car garage, large barn, the option of being sponsored for a membership at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, RI.  Listing available via Judy Chance of Sotheby’s International  gallery below courtesy of Sotheby’s International Real Estate.


Motor Yacht SHEMARA: Yachting in Style

At 65 meters (212 ft.) in length, the Motor Yacht SHEMARA combines classic lines with timeless elegance of an era past. It can be yours to charter for a cool $331,000 USD (per week).Shemara 6

Nothing exudes extravagant indulgence much like owning your own super yacht; however, why own when you can charter?  Docked across the pond in London, UK this completely restored 1930s Ocean Liner will ensure your family and friends will yacht throughout the French Riveria in ultimate style this Summer.

Originally built in 1938 by British shipmaker Thornycroft & Company for English industrialist Sir Bernard Docker and his socialite wife Lady Norah.  As one of the largest private yachts in existence when launched, SHEMARA epitomized the glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous.  This floating playground has enjoyed a colorful past catering to royalty, film stars and aristocrats alike.  Unfortunately the maritime-fun came to an end, when SHEMARA was requisitioned by the Royal British Navy during World War II, she was later decommissioned and left for junk.  It was only in 2007 after three decades of decay that the SHEMARA Refit, LLP – a consortium of buyers allegedly led by British telecommunication mogul Sir Charles Dunstone purchased SHEMARA with the ambitious goal of restoring the luster of her former glory.

Sir Charles Dunstone an avid Yachtsman
Sir Charles Dunstone an avid Yachtsman
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Sir Bernard Docker and Lady Norah

Restoring her to her former glory would prove to be a serious undertaking.  The rebuild was meticulous, retaining the elegance and charm of the original both inside and out while reconfiguring the interior and deck spaces for modern living. The refit began at the new Burgess Marine facility in Portsmouth England with a total gut to the hull.

The entire process from planning to the actual restoration took 7 years, and result is nothing short of extraordinarily tasteful and well-appointed. Trimline, a UK based specialty yacht contractor worked to see the yacht construction.

In order to return her to the original look and feel, designers utilized wood panelling, brass work, marble bathrooms and fittings redolent of the 1930s. The esoteric mix of furniture works perfectly, and the spaces are wonderful – a giant formal saloon and dining room on the main deck, with an informal upper saloon and day bar that opens on three sides on the upper deck.  A new, grand central staircase links the decks. The sidedecks – particularly on the upper deck – are wide, and reminiscent of the promenade decks of classic ocean liners, such as something seen on the Titanic.

SHEMARA’s interior layout is comprised of six double guest cabins, a larger VIP on the lower deck, and an owner’s suite forward on the upper deck.  She can accommodate 12 guests, and is capable of carrying up to 16 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout her living areas to create an elegant and classically comfortable atmosphere.  There is also no need to worry about docking directly in the harbor there are two 20+ foot guest tenders to shuttle you and your guests to and from land.  For some extra entertain jump on one of the two jet skis, or take a dive to the ocean’s depths with onboard scuba gear. For relaxation take a dip in the Jacuzzi, or take advantage of the onboard fully-trained massage therapist.

You to can enjoy life as it once was aboard the SHEMARA.  She can be charted via Edmiston Yatch Charter for approx. $331,000 USD a week.  Enjoy Gallery below courtesy of Edmiston.

Eothen: The Ultimate Hamptons Compound

Nestled away from the party scene of the glitzier South & East Hampton Summer hum-drum sits the pristinely bucolic 30-acre Montauk retreat Eothen.  Currently available for purchase…asking price a mere $85 MILLLION. Eothen 5

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Eothen, meaning “of the East”, was originally built in the early 1900s as a humble Summer fishing outpost for the Church family of the Arm & Hammer baking soda fortune. However, Eothen most prolific resident was famed American pop-artist Andy Warhol, who purchased the property in 1972 with director Paul Morrissey for an alleged $225,000.00. Throughout the next 15 years the compound would be frequented by an era of glamorous superstars and personal friends of Morrisey and Warhol’s including: John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie O., Jackie’s sister Princess Caroline Lee Radziwill, and most notably the Rolling Stones.  Author Truman Capote is said to have made an appearance during the some of the Rolling Stones visits as well.

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(r-l) Lee Radziwill, Mick Jagger & Bianca Jagger, Summer of ’75

After Warhol’s death in 1987, Morrissey donated 15 acres of their estate to a non-profit conservancy. In the early 2000’s, Morrissey put what remained of Eothen on the market for $50 million.  It was not until 2007 that CEO of J. Crew Mickey Drexler purchased it for $27 million. Mr. Drexler is the current owner, and has listed Eothen for a cool $85 million by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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Mr. Drexler lounging at Eothen

Unlike, yet reminiscently similar to this estate’s stark and rustic origins, today horses graze on the 24-acre state-of-the-art equestrian facility which graces the approach to the oceanfront compound and boasts two restored barns (combined 29 stalls) originally constructed by Carl Fisher (of Miami and Montauk fame) in the late 1920’s. There is an existing house on 4 buildable acres that can accommodate a pool and/or possible tennis court. The property includes 6 individual cottages which have been meticulously restored by architect extraordinaire Thierry Despont.

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A true East End landmark, Eothen represents a rare opportunity to own one of America’s greatest and most storied summer compounds. Few locations in the world afford the unparalleled combination of an approx. 30-acre oceanfront compound with a historic equestrian farm. Surrounded by miles of riding trails and hundreds of acres of adjoining oceanfront reserve, this property provides ultimate seclusive fit for America’s elite maneuvering to secure a dynasty the likes of Kennebunkport’s Bushs or Hyannis Port’s Kennedys.

update: Dec. 2015 Billionaire Adam Lindemann and his wife, art dealer Amalia Dayan, have closed on Eothen for $50 million.

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