From Warhol and the Rolling Stones to pop star divas Beyoncé and Madonna, A-List stars have loved vacationing in the Hamptons for decades. What better place to escape the white hot lights of Hollywood and the hustle of New York City than the beautiful beaches and verdant vineyards of the East End? North Fork and Hamptons real estate insiders gave us a few ideas of homes lived in and love by celebrities over the years that are now on the market. From the dozens of luxurious cottages and estates suggested we picked our Top 5 Hamptons homes that have been touched by fame and survived to tell the tale.
16 Cliff Drive and 8 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk
Back in 1971, pop artist Andy Warhol purchased a less than grand 5.7 acre estate, once owned by the Church family, who famously made their fortune from Arm & Hammer baking soda products, for $225,000. He filled the home with his rock star friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones as well as luminaries like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. In 2007, Mickey Drexler, CEO of J. Crew, purchased the property for $27M and began extensive renovations under the watchful eye of architect Thierry Despont. Back on the market as of June 2015, the compound that includes the nearby 24-acre equestrian property, with the best views on The End, features 6 cottages, two restored barns with 29 stalls, and 4 acres that can be converted from pasture to a swimming pool and tennis area. Call Paul Brennan, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-537-4144.
317 Noyac Road, Southampton
“It is indeed a fabulous location,” says Danielle Lise Desrochers, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, of the Hamptons home rented by sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian as well as Kourt’s brood last summer while filming their hit reality show, Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons during the summer of 2014 for E! “Having a gunite heated pool on the water, an 85 foot dock and a house with all rooms with a water view and a memorable sunset make this property very unique.” Rented for the summer season yet available for the fall, this two-acre property is ideal for boaters – the dock can accommodate 2-3 boats – and folks who love to play on the water. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, sprawling lawns, and oversized everything in a traditional Hamptons Gambrel design. Call Danielle Lise Desrochers, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-537-5900.
A CHORUS LINE
Gardiners Bay Drive, Shelter Island
Theater buffs would give a standing ovation for this unique property designed for Bernard Jacobs, then head of the Shubert Organization, in 1970 by noted architect Norman Jaffe. The modern waterfront home where Michael Bennett co-choreographed A Chorus Line, he would later win the 1976 Tony award for his efforts, enjoys over 100 feet of bulkhead and private dock on Gardiner’s Bay and stunning views of Long Beach Point and Bug Lighthouse. The open floor plan with high soaring ceilings and double fireplace, features a bedroom wing and entertaining spaces connected by a glass breezeway as well as a master suite complete with fireplace and sitting room on the second floor. Call Melina Wein, M. Wein Realty Inc, 631-749-0999.
52 Prospect Street, Southampton
Former New York Rangers hockey player turned Vogue intern Sean Avery and his fiancée, Estee Lauder and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hilary Rhoda, have gone from catwalks and ice rinks to design catalogs and fabric swatches. This property is one of four the NHL vet is developing in Southampton Village. The four bedroom, four bathroom traditional house is a gem at 2,800 square feet, each inch designed and decorated by Avery. The South of the Highway property boasts a heated swimming pool and covered wrap around porch. Call Aaron Kaufman, Town & Country Real Estate, 631-283-5800.
SALTBOX FOR EX-MRS. TOM CRUISE
1500 Bay Ave, East Marion
$40,000 annual rental
Katie Holmes rented this quaint saltbox on the North Fork during the filming of The Romantics back in the fall of 2009 while then-hubby Tom Cruise was off in Australia filming Knight & Day with Cameron Diaz. While her co-stars, including Elijah Woods, Josh Duhamel, and Anna Paquin, stayed at a local hotel and were seem all over dining at the Frisky Oyster and beyond, she enjoyed the privacy and quite of the garden in her downtime. The cottage is perfect for summer with four bedrooms and an open floor plan, backyard made for entertaining and close proximity to a boat launch, tennis courts, and beaches. Call Jerry Cibulski, Century 21 Albertson Realty, 631-765-3800.