Sure, the Hamptons has the best beaches, world-class arts, delicious wine and seafood—and don’t forget those picturesque farms. But let’s admit it: the Hamptons wouldn’t be the Hamptons without the glamour of celebrity—those famous residents who give this beautiful place a certain special sparkle. And how better to capture that Hamptons sizzle then to literally make it your own—by owning or renting a piece of celebrity real estate right here.
Richard Gere’s Actor’s Colony Compound
26 Actors Colony Road
With its unforgettable name, Strongheart Manor, and an address fit for a star, Richard Gere’s North Haven home is a true waterfront gem. The bayfront compound features three separate single lots on 6.3 acres and 300 feet of bay frontage with dock permits and room for tennis. The main house, Strongheart, maintains the historic charm of 1902, the year it was built, but it has been renovated to the highest possible level. The geothermal home is energy-efficient, with fireplaces throughout and a screened-in porch extending nearly its entire length. Gere’s compound boasts several garages, a gym and basketball court, a 60’ heated pool overlooking the bay, a private pond with bridge and teahouse, an outdoor fireplace pavilion and two completely renovated guesthouses for a total of 12,000 square feet with 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
Susan Lucci’s Four Winds
20 Dune Road, Quogue
With the help of architects Eugene Futterman, Peter Cook and Eric Woodward, legendary soap actress Susan Lucci built her dream home on 1.4 acres in Quogue in 1989. Last year, Lucci and husband Helmut Huber decided to put the property, dubbed Four Winds, on the market.
“It’s the prettiest house on the ocean in Quogue,” says listing agent Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Morabito says the residence is no McMansion. Rather, it is a beautifully shingled European-style traditional beach house. The parcel has 160 feet of shoreline. According to Morabito, a great draw of Quogue is that oceanfront properties there are half the price of comparable properties in Southampton and East Hampton. “It’s the same ocean last I checked—the Atlantic,” he quips.
The 10,622-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one half-bath. Luxurious features of Lucci’s abode include a castle door, a two-story living room with widow’s walk above, a two-story turreted library, a dining room with fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a gym with vaulted ceiling, and a private wing for the master suite, which includes a Jacuzzi, steam shower, sitting room and private decks. The lower level features a billiard room, a bar, efficiency kitchen and nautical-themed media room. A heated 20’ by 24’ pool and a walkway to the ocean provide plenty of space for relaxation.
YOU Take the Hamptons
317 Noyac Road, North Sea
The Kardashians made this estate, on a peninsula in North Sea Harbor, famous by renting it for the summer of 2014 as they filmed their E! reality series Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons. Someone has already pinned the property down as a rental for the summer of 2015, but it remains on the market. The parcel is two acres and includes a heated pool and private dock that can moor two to three boats, or a variety of sporty watercraft such as kayaks and Jet Skis. Enjoy the porches, the poolside, the sprawling lawns and an outdoor fireplace. The residence is 8,900 square feet with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and one half-bath. Amenities include a professional-grade kitchen, an oversized den and an open living/dining room.
Live Like the Countess (in a new house)
280 Highland Terrace, Bridgehampton
While this stately Farrell Builders home is actually a new construction, the seven-bedroom house sits atop the footprint of Real Housewives of New York City star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps’ former Bridgehampton abode. The new offering features 8,500-square-feet on the first two floors—with five en-suite bedrooms upstairs, and four covered porches, two patios and a three-car attached garage on the ground floor. The 3,600-square-foot lower level includes staff accommodations, a home theater, a large recreation room and a full gym with sauna, steam shower and bath. Outside will be beautifully landscaped with pool, spa and tennis.
ENJOY Mitch Kupchak’s Amagansett Getaway—Chris Martin Did
23 Old Montauk Highway, Amagansett
June: $80,000, July: $100,000, Extended Season: $60,000, Short Term: $25,000
For those who may not want to commit to owning a celebrity home in the Hamptons, a celebrity rental might just be the ticket. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak’s peaceful getaway in Amagansett south was rented by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin last summer, and it’s no coincidence that his soon to be ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow lives right next-door. On nearly an acre, with 50’ saltwater pool and mature landscaping, this five-bedroom, 5.5-bath home features a professionally equipped kitchen, formal dining room, living room and screened porch with fireplace.