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Top Five Celebrity Real Estate Deals of 2012 in the Hamptons

All of us are secretly addicted to what celebrities are up to these days, so when we hear about a celebrity moving into the neighborhood, it’s easy to get excited. This year in Hamptons real estate we’ve seen some impressive transactions by celebrities that include television stars and models. You would think all the celebrities of the world already own something out here, but you’d be wrong, and believe it or not, some of them are even renting.

Molly Sims buys in Wainscott

The model and her husband Scott Stuber plunked down $5.5 million for a stunning home in Wainscott that includes a professional chef’s kitchen, a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, a pool and stunning views of the ocean. Other features of the home include a stone fireplace, an en-suite staff lounge, custom French doors and it sits on three-quarters of an acre. Molly Sims rose to prominence for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues and her role as Delinda Deline in the NBC drama Las Vegas.

Jay Z and Beyonce’s rental in Bridgehampton

Jay Z and Beyonce are arguably the most powerful couple in music today, and last summer they rented Joe Farrell’s Bridgehampton estate, known as “The Sandcastle,” for $400,000 during the month of August. The estate features a”planetarium like home theater,” a two-lane bowling alley, a skateboard half pipe, a rock climbing wall and an entire section dedicated for a children’s performing area. It also has a killer sound system. $400,000 may seem like a lot for one month, but not for the American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and occasional actor. Jay Z is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated his net worth at nearly $500 million.


Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s Further Lane sale in East Hampton

The former model, author, jewelry designer and editor of Elle Accessories became an icon after she starred in the Bravo television series The Real Housewives of New York City. The actress cashed out in 2012, selling her home for $5.5 million on Further Lane in East Hampton. The home dropped over 50 percent in value from its original listing price of $12 million. She was quoted in Newsday saying that she couldn’t “afford the lifestyle she did when she was married.” We hope to see her back soon!

Joy Behar makes some moves

The comedian, writer, actress and a co-host on the ABC talk show The View made a move this year after she sold her Sagaponack home. Joy Behar made an upgrade to a new home in East Hampton after she bought a 4,000-square-foot traditional on Roberts Lane just outside of the village of East Hampton for $2.875 million. The sale was one of the most notable celebrity sales of the year, however, we can’t say it was one of the highest.

So long, George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos and his wife, actress Alexandra Wentworth sold their estate on East Hampton’s Dunemere Lane this year. The house is 4,100 square feet with a gorgeous pool as well as little Hamptons details such as a chef’s kitchen, a master suite with its own fireplace and a double-sized living room. The gorgeous home went to an unidentified buyer, but we will miss seeing the quick-witted former White House Communications Director and Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy. At least we can still catch him on ABC where he is the chief political correspondent for ABC News, co-anchor of ABC NewsGood Morning America, and host of ABC‘s Sunday Morning This Week. We’re sure he’ll be back to visit.

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