Robert Downey Jr. snags a historic windmill cottage in East Hampton

May 22, 2017

Sources tell Behind the Hedges that “Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr. bought the historic Edward DeRose Windmill Cottage on East Hampton. Built circa 1885 to resemble a local windmill (it was never functional), the home sits on four acres and boasts a seven-bedroom main house, two-bedroom guesthouse, three-car garage with a potting shed, 50-foot pool, tennis court, and gorgeous landscaped gardens. It’s been on and off the market since 2014 when it listed for $13.5 million. The following year, the price dropped to $11.5 million, but property records show a sale last summer for $10.5 million disguised under an LLC.

If the home looks familiar that may be because it was featured in the Michael Caine movie “Deathtrap.” All of its windmill details–height of the octagonal tower, windshaft and sails, the few small windows–are all exactly how an authentic Hamptons windmill would have been.

In the main house, the offices and libraries are in the windmill section. There’s also a master bedroom with a sundeck.

[Via Behind the Hedges]


Images courtesy of a previous Brown Harris Stevens listing held by Peter M. Turino

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