Remember this house in Sagaponack?
Mogul David Tepper purchased the approximately 20-year-old estate from Joanne Corzine, the ex-wife of former New Jersey Governor and former U.S. Senator Jon Corzine, for a reported $43.5 million. But he wasn’t crazy about it, so shortly thereafter, in 2011, he had the oceanfront mansion razed and the 6.45-acre estate cleared.
Tepper’s original architect, Jaquelin T. Robertson of Cooper, Robertson & Partners in Manhattan, told the Sagaponack Village Architectural and Historic Review Board that Tepper complained that while he could see the ocean over the dune from the second floor of the original home, the same could not be said about the first floor. The new design would grant better ocean views and put the rooms usually associated with a first-story on the second-story, and vice versa.
So, pretty soon, it looked like this:
Trudging along and seemingly taking forever, it eventually looked like this:
The new design called for an 11,000-square-foot-plus main house, nearly twice as big as what previously stood there. Including a finished basement, the new mention has a total of 15,000 square feet of living space. The estate plan also includes a 1,000-square-foot-plus three-car garage with a basement, a 550-square-foot pool house and a 270-square-foot tennis pavilion.
For the past two years, Tepper has been using the firm J. Constantin Architecture, based on Morristown, New Jersey, and New York City.
It wasn’t until the spring of 2012 that it finally began looking like a mansion:
In January of 2013, it looked like Tepper’s mansion was about ready to be lived in. But looks can be decieving:
Today, everything look complete, from the masonry paths and pool to the garage and pool house. However, a number of contractors’ vehicles parked there March 21 indicate that there is still work to be done.
Despite some finishing touches to be taken care of, it appears that after three Hamptons summers of owning the property without getting to enjoy it, in 2014 Tepper will finally get to sit poolside at his dream home on the Fourth of July.