Collecting a view

The sale of a 15,000 square foot Hamptons home complete with a private island and a room with a truly spectacular view


Andrew Zaro is a collector with a difference. This philanthropist and Democratic donor leads a life that is no doubt the envy of those from whom his firm, Cavalry Portfolio Services, “helps create affordable solutions to resolve their debt”.


Zaro’s wife, Lois Robbins, is a native New Yorker who has appeared in Sex and the City, Ryan’s Hope and Law & Order. She has been cast in the upcoming film Blowtorch, expected to be released in November 2013, where she will star alongside Billy Baldwin.


Andrew Zaro and Lois Robbins
An aerial shot of Rose Hill Point, 479 Rose Hill Road, Water Mill, NY 11975 illustrates the vast size of this 15,000 square foot property
The estate boats 365 foot of bulk waterfront and a private island
In one of the house’s lighthouse towers there is a panelled study offering the most inspirational of views


Amongst the homes where the couple showcase their fine art collection is one in the Hamptons that not only comes with its own private island, but also an octagonal study with the most spectacular 180-degree views across Mecox Bay. No doubt Mr Zaro, on occasion, has sat here and pondered his path from a modest family bakery business, Zaro’s Bread Basket, to controlling a stake in Cavalry that Forbes have reported as being worth at least $340,000,000.


Rose Hill Point was built for the Zaros in 2007 and they currently live between there and Manhattan with their three children, Olivia, Stephen and Victoria. The 15,000 square foot home sits on 2.3 acres with 365 foot of bulk waterfront and includes numerous reception rooms, 7 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a 10-seat cinema, a library and covered outdoor terracing with fireplaces.


One of many reception rooms in the house
Many of the light and airy rooms enjoy spectacular views of Mecox Bay
The house is as much about outdoor as indoor living
Entertaining areas number a ten seat cinema room


Designed by the Sag Harbor based firm of architects Val Florio, the vast residence also boasts a recreational room, full wet bar, walk-in wine cellar and even a temperature controlled fur vault. Outside, there is a dock large enough for a number of boats, an infinity edge pool and a spa.


Of the house, described as a cross between “an exquisite yacht and an extraordinary estate”, Lois Robbins told


“My home was a labor [sic] of love that was four years in the making. It’s a traditional shingle style with rounded roofs and two lighthouses. My decorating style is warm and comfortable. I like mixing styles. But, mostly, it’s about the art. We love collecting!”


When asked: “If you could invite three people to your Hamptons home for a dinner party, who would you choose?”, Robbins answered “Picasso, President Obama, and Steven Spielberg” and Rose Hill Point has indeed provided Mr & Mrs Zaro with the perfect backdrop to entertain and fundraise.


The entrance hall is currently filled with examples of Mr & Mrs Zaro’s vast art collection

Here, in July 2010, for example, they hosted an event for the Oceana charity where a three-by-seven metre mural of an ocean made out of recycled plastic bags by 200 elementary students at the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona was displayed. Tiffany & Co. sponsored and The Wall Street Journal reported that though “garbage served as the centerpiece”, “salmon was served on the buffet, and swizzle sticks for hors d’oeuvres had shells on them”. Guests numbered Law & Order actor Sam Waterson, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and Ramona Singer, “one of the looser canons on The Real Housewives of New York”.


Given the Zaros enthusiasm for ocean related charities, their water consumption at Rose Hill Point is somewhat extraordinary. The Southampton Press examined the top residential public water users in the Suffolk County Water Authority district in 2010 and found that the couple came second only to Mickey Drexler of J. Crew fame, using 13.5 million gallons at their property.


Whether it is the environmental impact or other considerations that influenced them, the Zaros marketed Rose Hill Point as a summer rental at $395,000 in 2011. Now, however, they’re selling up and the estate is available through Sotheby’s International Realty for $39,500,000.


Rose Hill Point, 479 Rose Hill Road, Water Mill, NY 11975 is for sale through Harald Grant of the Southampton brokerage of Sotheby’s International Realty. Contact him on +1 516 527 7712 or email


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