Inside Montauk's Pop Star Party Pad - On the Market for $62M
Celebrities including Mick Jagger all partied in this glorious mansion
Amajestic Montauk mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean was obtained by the then writer for “The Mery Griffon Show” Dick Cavett in 1967. Back then, the home was known as Tick Hall, which Cavett and his wife actress Carrie Nye rented for the entire summer for a mere $1,000.
This party house, which hosted some of the biggest pop culture celebrities, is now on the market for $62 million. This marvelous mansion was built by the famous architect Stanford White in the early 1880s. It originally sat on an immense 96 acres of which 77 have since been sold by Cavett to preservationist.
In an interview with The Post, the 80-year-old talk-show legend spoke about the first time he laid his eyes upon this glorious residence.
Cavett said, “We drove off a private road. There was nothing around. It was like entering the Witness Protection Program. Then the house loomed before you.”
The property, which spans 6,000-square-feet used to be used as a fishing house for the previous owner and his Wall Street buddies. In a video interview, Nye said, “The house was a mess. The floors were caving in. Dick and I thought it was just beautiful. We had no problems with it.”
The property sat on an incredible 900 feet of ocean front. According to The Post, “At the time, playwright Edward Albee was also interested in moving in, but the owners turned their noses up at his plans to install a tennis court and a swimming pool. After a couple of years of renting for the summer and even into the fall — despite a lack of heating — the Cavetts bought it for $200,000. Cavett, who had written jokes for Jack Paar and Johnny Carson on ‘The Tonight Show,’ wasn’t sure he could afford it. ‘I’m a struggling beginner in show business,’ he recalled thinking. ‘I’m lucky to have a two-room apartment.’”
Tick Hall was fast to become Cavett’s ideal escape from “the hectic world of showbiz — and with almost nobody on your beach.”
In 1968, “The Dick Cavett Show” premiered on ABC, and quickly gained the writer recognition as a genius talk show host. Knowing that they wouldn’t be pandered by Cavett, the hardest-to-get celebrities in New York and Hollywood appeared on his show, including Marlon Brando and Katharine Hepburn. He would often record his shows on Thursday, so that he could head out to Montauk for a long weekend. Cavett would bring many of his friends from showbiz with him as house guests. One of the first to visit him was his lifelong friend Woody Allen.
From the close by Andy Warhol compound, Mick and Bianca Jagger, along with the rest of the Rolling Stones, would drop by. Cavett said, “Mick drove his car off the edge of my road. I had to take the two Jaggers home. The next morning, six burly men were outside the house, lifting the car onto the road.”
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who often appeared on the Cavett show, was invited to spend the night while he was out on Long Island working on a documentary.
In 1997, Trick Hall was burned to the ground by a conflagration that left only the chimney standing. Luckily Cavett and Nye were both out when the blaze was started by “a workman on the roof” with something like “a hot welding rod,” erupted. “I was in New York [City],” Cavet he recalled.
Cavett asked himself after the smoke settled, “What if I was here? I could have saved half the house.”
Nothing could be salvaged. Cavett said, “The mind can’t quite take it in. It’s like the brain protecting itself. You just don’t believe it.”
The Post reports, “Despite the home’s esteemed beginnings, no original blueprints were on record. But Nye came up with a plan to ‘duplicate’ Tick Hall, reconstructing the house through photographs — hers, Cavett’s, and those of their many guests — and memory. Architect James Hadley of Wank Adams Slavin Associates, a firm known for its preservation work, led a team
of conservators who recreated the home. In 2001, Hadley told Architectural Digest, ‘Carrie Nye presented the idea of reconstruction to me so persuasively that I didn’t hesitate for a moment, despite the fairly daunting scope of the task.’ Sifting through the rubble offered something to start with. Project architect Keith Gianakopoulos found one piece of a wall with ‘the old shingles, molding boards, window glass, twisted door hardware.’ A fireplace tile bore the stamp of its manufacturer on the back. In this forensic manner, the restoration was completed in three years. Eventually, a computer model had been fashioned and construction began in earnest.”
It still never felt the same Cavett told The Post admittedly.
The couple spent what would be their last years of their marriage in the rebuilt home. Then Nye passed away from lung cancer in 2006.
Cavett remarried a business book author Martha Rogers in 2010. Earlier this year, the couple listed the new Tick Hall for $62 million.
Dick Cavett’s majestic Montauk mansion is on the market for $62 million. (Photo Credit: Corcoran)
It was a great party house for some of the biggest pop culture celebrities for many years. (Photo Credit: Corcoran)
The property has an incredible 900 feet of ocean front. (Photo Credit: Corcoran)