Newly built, $25M East Hampton house comes fully (and beautifully) furnished — antiques included

If you think the $24,950,000 asking price is quite steep, the income-generating potential might ease those concerns; the house is currently rented for the summer for a hefty $1.4 million.

Georgie Mihaila
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A recently completed 11,644-square-foot home is up for grabs in East Hampton South — and it’s a masterclass in refined interior design.

With a timeless exterior that makes it fit right in with its decades-old neighbors, the 2024-built home has been designed by James Michael Howard, a celebrated Florida-based designer who’s no stranger to the Hamptons. In fact, his past projects in the area earned him two Hamptons Cottage & Gardens Awards, one in 2012 and another in 2014.

However, this might be a project closer to Howard’s heart, as he is also the owner and seller of the magnificent estate, alongside his designer wife, Phoebe. The two have just brought the home to market after completing it in 2024 and renting it for the summer for a hefty $1.4 million.

The property is listed for $24,950,000 with Douglas Elliman’s Martha Gundersen and Paul Brennan.

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What $25M buys you in the Hamptons

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Sitting on a 1.12-acre lot, the property has one of the best addresses in the Hamptons, located on the coveted Hither Lane, less than a mile away from the ocean. Location aside, there are plenty of features to swoon over, here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 10 (8 full, 2 half baths)
  • Square footage: 11,644
  • Interiors: designer interiors, art, furnishings, and antiques curated by James Michael Howard
  • Standout amenities: interior elevator, movie theater, heated gunite pool
  • Other structures: a 2-car garage with lofted space, pool cabana

Meticulously designed interiors

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Drawing inspiration from his decades of designing polished interiors, James Michael Howard delivered a masterclass in interior design with his Hamptons project.

Every room has been carefully designed and furnished in a way that exudes sophistication and charm, with the house now being sold completely turnkey and furnished. Howard even hand-curated the selection of art, antiques, and rugs throughout, including European imported pieces, vintage elements, and beautiful art.

Setting the stage from the entrance

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The grand entrance reveals a double-height foyer, a stunning staircase, and a great room adorned by the meticulous touch of a world-renowned decorator.

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A chef’s kitchen that’s as beautiful as it is practical

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Fully equipped with top-tier appliances like two sub-zero refrigerators/freezers, a 55″ Lacanche range, a Wolf speed oven, and a 30″ Wolf electric oven, the ground-level kitchen is as practical as it is inviting.

With a large breakfast nook

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Marble countertops contrast the warmth of the wood, while a breakfast “nook” spans the entire width of the kitchen, surrounded by windows all around.

Dining in regal style

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For more formal gatherings, the showstopping dining room can accommodate guests of all backgrounds — presidents included — with its Oval Office-inspired, round-walled layout, bold design, and carefully curated furnishings.

Dining room details worth a shout-out

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A treasure trove of carefully picked design elements, the dining room features Emile Jacques Ruhlman chairs, Loren green lacquer cabinetry, and a dining table inspired by Jansen. The vintage Italian light fixture, tobacco leaf cabinet with palm wood handles, and custom silver travertine console or serving table add a touch of elegance.

The room also features an antique handmade mirror in the cornice, embroidered linen curtains and shades, and custom rugs, many of which were sourced from Nepal.

Family rooms and inviting spaces

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The family room boasts a vintage 1940s enfilade below the 75” TV, a fireplace with brass zigzag end irons by John Lyle, and a satin wood and leather games table.

The selenite custom chandelier lights up the paneled and coffered room, which also includes surround sound for the ultimate entertainment experience. A white parrot post by French sculptor and designer Claude Lalanne greets you as you enter the great room.

The elegant great room

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By far the most impressive room of the house, the stately great room is flooded with light thanks to the generously sized windows. The portrait of a girl by Fabiola Jean Louis, real Louise Nevelson artwork, and custom-made wallpaper add artistic flair.

Built-in wall speakers, an 18th-century Italian burlwood circular side table, and a center table made of rare palm wood complete the luxurious setting.

The room also features stump tables from Guinevere (imported from London), seating similar to Frits Heningson’s iconic armchairs, Mallett antiques, a custom-made sofa by James Michael Howard himself, and a fireplace with end irons by Diego Giacometti, among other notable furnishings.

The primary suite is a sophisticated retreat

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The first-floor primary suite is a luxurious retreat with a brutalist-style table in the hallway, a Chesneys marble Nero Marquina mantel (imported from London), and a pair of vintage shagreen side tables in the style of Marcel Coard.

The room also includes vintage sconces around the TV, faux ivory cabinets, custom vanities in stainless and antique brass with Tesserae flooring in the bathroom, and a vintage bench in Dutch metal.

The silver and glass table in the style of Jacques Quinet, corner ceiling mirrors in the style of John Soane, domed ceiling, and 20th-century Italian white chairs by the fireplace (circa 1950) make this suite truly unique. The curtains feature an embroidered design inspired by a custom Coco Chanel dress.

Every other bedroom is a stunner

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The second level includes a junior primary suite and three en-suite guest bedrooms, each more inviting than the next. One is a corner bedroom with upholstered walls, a vintage dresser, a painted glass chandelier, and a private balcony.

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The lower level is made for entertaining

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The lower level is designed for entertainment with a large recreational space, movie theater, and bar. It features a custom-made, one-of-a-kind pool table by James Michael Howard (Blatt style), a Domino marble fireplace mantel, and vintage side tables and fruitwood chairs.

The 1960s burlwood cabinet, custom rug, and rock star-themed decor (featuring Mick Jagger, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Page, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and Madonna) make this space truly unique.

The movie theater

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In keeping with the house’s timeless appeal, the movie theater is lavishly decorated and features a unique circular layout that promises an upscale movie-watching experience.

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More bedrooms here too

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The lower level offers additional guest bedrooms, including a bunk room with four custom rope beds by James Michael Howard and a nautical theme with flags from old boats and brass envelope sconces.

Heading outside

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Outside, a heated gunite pool, sun deck, spa, and pool cabana with a wood-burning fireplace create a perfect setting for relaxation and entertainment. Bluestone patios and landscape design by Michael Derrig, installed by Verderbers Landscape Nursery, surround the space.

The covered patio features chairs in the style of Karl Springer and Klismos-style outdoor metal chairs. The property also includes multiple garden and dining areas, an outdoor shower, and an expansive lawn.

Rental prowess

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Located less than a mile from the ocean and moments from the village amenities, shops, and restaurants, this home offers the best of Hamptons living. Unsurprisingly, this makes it a magnet for renters looking to spend the summer in the Hamptons.

The property is currently rented for the summer season through October for $1.4 million, showcasing its desirability and appeal — and its revenue potential.

Now listed for $24,950,000

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This East Hampton masterpiece is represented by Douglas Elliman agents Martha Gundersen and Paul Brennan as a co-exclusive with Corcoran. For those interested in experiencing this upscale Hamptons lifestyle, a personal viewing is a must.

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com