Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” was not written about a home, but the title is not inappropriate for the story of selling his Sagaponack property at 9 Gibson Lane, which finally went for more than $19 million last week.
The 5,500 square foot home on 145 feet of beachfront was originally built for another East End notable, Jaws star Roy Scheider, who sold it to the Piano Man in 2007. Designer Nate Berkus was brought in by Joel’s then-wife, Katie Lee, to redo the interior, which boasts four bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms and a chef’s kitchen with ocean views. Joel put the home back on the market for $22.5 million in 2009, cut it to $18.5 million, then to $16.8 million, then took it off the market, then put it back up for $23.5 million, cut it to $19.95 and finally sold it to a mystery buyer.
Don’t fret, though, fans in the Hamptons—Joel still has his Sag Harbor digs to call home.