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Real Estate

Bernie Madoff’s Beachfront Mansion Is Selling for $21 Million

Currently owned by Vornado chairman Steven Roth, the Montauk, N.Y., house has been gut renovated since being forfeited in 2009.

After Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme collapsed in 2008, the U.S. Marshals Service seized all of his family’s assets.

Among the silverware, jewelry, cars, and boats, authorities took possession of a relatively modest, 3,000-square-foot beachfront home in Montauk, N.Y., on the easternmost tip of Long Island.

After a relatively brief time on the market—particularly given the glut of available properties during that period, thanks to the ongoing financial crisis—the house sold for $9.41 million in October 2009 to Steven Roth, the chairman and chief executive officer of Vornado Realty Trust, and his wife Daryl, a Broadway producer. (Proceeds of the sale went to help pay back Madoff’s victims.)

Roth gut renovated the house with the help of interior architect and designer Thierry Despont. Less than a decade after purchasing it, the couple has put it on the market for $21 million, listing it with Corcoran brokers Gary DePersia and Joan Hegner.

The house sits directly on the beach.
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A view of the barrel-vaulted great room.
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The Property

The house sits on 1.5 acres almost directly on the beach, accessed via a paved drive, with 180 feet of Atlantic frontage. In a 2013 article about the home’s renovation in Architectural Digest, Daryl Roth is quoted as saying that it’s “right on the sand.” 

The ground floor has a big, lofted living room with views of the ocean (naturally), a large eat-in kitchen, and two bedrooms that currently share a bathroom. The second floor has a smaller footprint and is dedicated to the master bedroom, which has its own wooden deck, his and hers half-baths, and two walk-in closets.

The entrance invites visitors to look all the way through to the ocean.
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In total, the house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. 

There’s also a gunite pool and a deck that spans the length of the house, which is accessible from every ground-floor room.

Despont updated the layout and filled it with furniture and decorations that include a large chandelier by Jeff Zimmerman and a Vladamir Kagan rocking chair tucked into an glass-ringed alcove in the great room. The furnishings, the listing notes, “could be available separately.”

The Market

In retrospect, the Roths’ purchase seems to have been timed perfectly, near the bottom of the market; Hamptons home prices have since skyrocketed. While 2016 was relatively sluggish and 2017 just marginally better, prices are still well above their 2010 low, according to a report by Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel.

The house is accessed via a paved driveway.
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The average sales price of luxury homes in the area was $6.696 million, with 295 sales listed, the report says. In 2009, sales numbers were half that amount (158), and luxury sales averaged just $5.358 million.

The Roths are reportedly selling because they own two additional houses in East Hampton, N.Y.

The eat-in kitchen.
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The alcove off the great room.
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The master bedroom offers ocean views.
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The master bath.
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The ocean-facing rear of the house.
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The large porch.
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