Richard Gere has been trying to sell his 6.3-acre North Haven compound since 2013, when it was first listed for $65 million. Last week, reports of a $36.5 million sale came through, and the Post has revealed that Matt Lauer is the buyer. The “Today” news anchor will be getting a waterfront pool and pond, basketball court, 240-foot-long deep-water dock, island-inspired tea house, and a private beach, along with the 12-bedroom main house. Lauer, who’s notorious for taking a private helicopter back and forth from the city to the Hamptons, also owns a 40-acre farm in Water Mill (where he recently had some beef with his neighbors) and is selling another Sag Harbor home.
The gated estate is known as Strongheart Manor and has incredible views of the Peconic Bay and Mashomack Preserve thanks to 300 feet of direct bay frontage. It was built in 1902, but has been completely renovated and restored by local builders Bulgin and Associates and is now geothermal and energy-efficient.
Highlights of the 19,000-square-foot main house include a screened-in porch, several entertaining areas, multiple fireplaces, 12 bedrooms, and 12 bathrooms.
There are also two guest houses with a combined 12 more bedrooms.
Outside, the property boats a 60-foot heated pool, landscaped lawns and gardens, fireplace pavilion, and basketball court.
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Images courtesy of Jake Rajs for the Corcoran Group
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