Cole hard cash: Nab this famed book agents’ Hamptons beach home

An oceanfront beach cottage at 77 Dune Road in Bridgehampton, between Mecox Beach and Scott Cameron Beach, went back on the market this month for $10.25 million — up from its $9.9 million price with a different brokerage firm in March.

The 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home once belonged to the late, larger-than-life literary agent Rosalind Paige Cole, who died of cancer in 2014.

Cole repped major artists and celebrities from more than 50 years — including Andy Warhol, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Brendan Began, and Charlie Chaplin, Jr.  As the Waldorf Astoria’s longest residing guest — she lived there for 53 years and owed $818,000 in food and rent money at the time of her death.

She was also the author of several books, including “The Waldorf Astoria Cookbook,” “The Dog That Lived at the Waldorf” [based on her spaniel named Jingabo], “Of Soda Bread and Guinness,” “Europe the Second Time Around” and “All Around the Town.”

She also founded and produced the magazine “Cookbook Digest,” which at its peak had a 400,000 bi-monthly circulation; she edited the magazine from her perch at the hotel’s posh Bull and Bear lounge.

Cole, who was also an artist and horse breeder, began her long and varied career at the age of 22, when MGM Records signed her as “Singing Star Rosalind Paige” to tour the country performing in nightclubs, appearing on television and making records.

She married her manager, Carlton Cole, who was 25 years older and died in 1959.

The home, which was on the market for $11 million in 2015, comes complete with approved plans by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects to turn the cottge into a tear down and rebuild, from the ground up, a 6,700-square-foot modern, eco-chic, smart wired home along with an oceanside saline pool.

“Variances and ZBA approvals are now in place, so building your oceanfront dream home is now a reality,” notes the listing, from Douglas Elliman’s Carol Nobbs.

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