BLAZE DESTROYS LITTLE SILVER MANSION

ls-fire-121011The main level of the 1982 structure was fully involved when emergency responders arrived on the scene. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A runaway fire started by holiday candles destroyed a 120-year-old mansion in Little Silver Saturday afternoon.

Two hours after the 1:16 p.m. alarm, firefighters from a wide swath of northeastern Monmouth County had yet to stop the blaze, at 28 Carriage House Lane, just off Silverside Avenue.

One volunteer firefighter suffered a health issue that did not require treatment, and no injuries were reported, said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

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LEDGER LIVE TEAS UP HALL MANSION

Hedge Fund manager George Hall’s $12 million Rumson mansion – or more precisely, a federal tax loophole that grants people in Hall’s field of work a sweet income-tax bargain – is harshing the mellow for kayaker and Star-Ledger video commentator Brian Donohue.

In Monday’s edition of Ledger Live, host Donohue takes aim at the tax loophole, and finds a Tea Party leader who agrees with him that the break doesn’t make sense, even though the national Tea Party has been blocking closure of the loophole.

The clip also features video from the raucous Tea Party shoutdown of Congressman Frank Pallone – and a woman in a wheelchair – at a town hall meeting held at the Red Bank Middle School in September, 2009.

LIGHTNING HIT REPORTED AT HALL MANSION

hall-rumsonRumson firefighters prepare for the trip down the long driveway at Long Point, the home of financier/horseman George Hall, after a report of a lightning strike around 5:20 p.m. Monday. Responders said there were no known injuries or structural damage to the 18,000-square-foot main residence, but they were still checking. “It’s a big house, with a lot of lightning rods,” said one fireman. (Click to enlarge)

RUMSON ESTATE GOES TO DERBY HORSEMAN

dawkins-estate3The Dawkins estate in Rumson as seen from the Navesink in 2008. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In a record-setting deal for Rumson, a Wall Street hedge-fund tycoon and headline-grabbing horse owner has purchased Pete Dawkins‘ mega-estate on the Navesink.

The sprawling West River Road gem known as Long Point went for $12 million to an entity controlled by George Hall, a financier who’s become a familiar railbird at big-stakes racing events.

Though Hall was widely rumored to be the buyer, official confirmation was unavailable until late last week, when a deed filed with the Monmouth County Clerk’s office was posted on that agency’s online database. It includes a document signed by Hall as the corporate officer of the named buyer, 80 West River Road LLC. Hall’s office in New York is given as the return address for 80 West River Road LLC in related documents.

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COPS: JEWELRY THIEF HIT BON JOVI MANSION

bon-jovi-house-2008A gate to the Bon Jovi mansion, as seen in 2008. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Turns out the 21-year-old accused of burglarizing four Navesink River Road homes over the last month got into rocker Bon Jovi’s Navesink estate.

Nicholas Tracy, who also featured on redbankgreen last month when he was spotted driving around with a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte, hit the Bon Jovi 15-acre, Navesink River estate on April 3, Detective Lieutenant Steve Dollinger confirmed.

Tracy’s alleged crimes took place over a month, and included stealing jewelry and watches from four homes, Dollinger said.

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JON STEWART GOES FOR TWO ON NAVESINK

stewart_1024Jon Stewart’s riverfront houses on Alston Court, left, and Fisher Place, right, represent a combined $7 million investment in Red Bank, not counting major renovations now underway on one house. (Click to enlarge)

jon-stewart-coverJon Stewart has doubled down on Red Bank.

The host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show,” who quietly paid $3.8 million for a riverfront home on Alston Court late last year, has supplemented that buy with the equally hush-hush purchase of the adjoining property one lot to the west, on Fisher Place, redbankgreen has learned.

Property records show Stewart, through an entity called Red Bank River Trust, paid $3.2 million in June for the second property, the former home of Kerri and Pat McGeehan. P.J. Rotchford, manager of the Gloria Nilson Realtors office in Rumson, which was involved in the transaction, confirmed that the trust is Stewart’s.

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