News broke this week that Richard Gere finally sold his 12,000-square-foot North Haven compound, Strongheart Manor for $36.5 million, after it sat on the market for three years. And on Friday, Page Six revealed that Today host Matt Lauer is the buyer!
Lauer, who owns several properties on the East End, will keep his 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill, Bright Side Farm, but will sell a home in Sag Harbor and a “Hamptons cottage,” Page Six reports.
Strongheart Manor sits on 6.3 acres of Peconic Bay-front property and houses 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in a main house and two guest houses on Actors Colony Road. The property also has 300 feet of direct bay frontage and a 240-foot deep-water dock. The main house offers a gym, basketball court, lengthy screened-in porch, a 60-foot pool and a private pond with tea house on a center island.
The house has gone through several major Hamptons brokers and firms, but Corcoran Group superbroker Susan Breitenbach closed the deal at $30 million below the original ambitious asking price of $65 million. Breitenbach also recently sold Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s Sagaponack estate for 12.995 million. That property had also struggled on the market, with various prices and agents since 2007.