It’s Free to Look Hamptons: 49 Ox Pasture Road, Southampton

  • Even nicer than owning a lot of money, we imagine, is living in the house of a dead person who also owned a lot of money. The Sunnymeade estate, former home to the Carnegie family, lets you indulge any manner of 19th-century captain-of-industry fantasies.

  • Even nicer than owning a lot of money, we imagine, is living in the house of a dead person who also owned a lot of money. The Sunnymeade estate, former home to the Carnegie family, lets you indulge any manner of 19th-century captain-of-industry fantasies.

    It's a rare sign of honesty that the Sotheby's listing puts the word "cottage" in quotation marks. There can be no pretending when it comes to the $17.5 million Sunnymeade estate. The 8,000-square-foot mansion is a bastion of old-school wealth, with "manicured greens," "English-styled flower gardens" and five fireplaces, which, no doubt, recall the furnaces of Carnegie Steel.

    Unfortunately, the place has been "fully modernized," with "state-of-the-art equipment." It may be hard to channel Andrew Carnegie when you're lounging in the spa or in the three-car garage, drinking purified water and surfing the high-speed Internet. But then again, who cares? —William Alden