Musician Richard Melville Hall—better known as Moby—recently sold his Midcentury New York home for $1.1 million.
The money will not go into his pocket, though. The outspoken activist announced that the proceeds from the sale of the Pound Ridge property support both political and charitable causes, including his animal rights foundation.
The residence was actually designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentices, David Henken, and is a thoroughbred midcentury modern. Built in 1956, the home is packed with Midcentury features like vaulted ceilings, walls of solid mahogany, stone floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Moby apparently sold the property because he didn’t have much time to use it. Time issues aside, it’s difficult to imagine walking away from the great room-style main living space with its living style defined by a sheathing of wood and stone fireplace.
The galley-style kitchen is tucked away but continues the Midcentury aesthetic with the addition of top-of-the-line appliances. There’s also additional living space thanks to a family room with a fireplace, a den with another fireplace, a fitness room, and a deck looking out onto the lushly landscaped grounds.
Moby’s great-great-great-grand-uncle may have been Herman Melville; his parents clearly thought so, although Moby himself has only ever offered supposition on that score. If he is a Melvillean deep diver, he also transposed the family poetry.