If you can deal with the annoying name, 7 Ricki Beth Lane has been reduced today to $2.5 million, which makes it, in my opinion, an attractive house to at least consider, and maybe buy. I really like this converted carriage house, but let its listing agent Ann Simpson give you its colorful history:
'The Casino' This former 'speakeasy' got its name in the Roaring 20's for the fabulous underground parties hosted in the ballroom where the band would play into the night for luminaries from New York City looking to escape the prying eyes of prohibition. The individualistic spirit of the home continued into the mid-century as an artist enclave for musicians looking for natural inspiration in the beautiful meadow surroundings. It is said that the American version of 'Mack the Knife' was composed here while Mark Blitzstein was in residence. Today, this carriage house has been fully updated to preserve the rich history in the modern era.
The owners paid $2.475 for it in 2012, which I considered a fair price at the time: nothing's happened since then to change my evaluation.