Remember Villa Maria, the 1919 Victorian summer mansion fashion frontman and Nine West founder Vince Camuto lovingly restored? The Hamptons sprawler that, not five months ago, was primo Architectural Digest fodder, what with its Roman Catholic past and "summery, not ostentatious" redo by NYC architect André Tchelistcheff? Well, like many print-featured celebrity homes before it, the place—made more valuable by its new-found AD pedigree—has hit the market asking $49.5M.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Camutos, who bought the place in 2005 from the Sisters of the Order of St. Dominic of Amityville for $35M, are ready to take on their next major Hamptons renovation: "We love transforming iconic properties, although this was certainly not a speculative project," said the Camutos in a statement. "Another opportunity has become available on a slightly smaller scale which we are very excited about."
Villa Maria was built in 1919 as a complete revision—"it was largely stripped, reconfigured, reconstructed, and resurfaced," Arch Digest's Mitchell Owens writes in an email—of an 1887 house that had first been named Green Gables, then Red Gables, for its roofing colors. Today's palatial home boasts 11 bedrooms, heated limestone floors, a library with a domed atrium, a 1,682-square-foot "grand salon," a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and a 2,700-square-foot (!) master suite, all on 7.6 acres of Mecox Bay lawn. There's another five bedroom suites, plus a "barrel-vaulted playroom," a spa, a gym, and a "media loft" with a cathedral ceiling. Outside? Oh, NBD, just a pool, tennis court, and a guesthouse with three bathrooms.
· Nine West Co-Founder Asks $49.5 Million for Hamptons Home [WSJ]
· Inside Vince Camuto's Lovingly Restored Hamptons Palace [Curbed National]