Back in 2015, 6sqft covered this unusual property. The mansion at Tavern Island is, in fact, on a 2.7-acre private island off the coast of Connecticut. Even cooler is the island’s history: The property’s main house was built in the 1930s and was home to screenwriter Lillian Hellman when she was writing “The Little Foxes,” Mansion Global reports, and theater impresario Billy Rose owned the island in the 1960s and hosted lavish parties for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Maureen O’Sullivan, and Barbara Streisand. In addition to these epic bragging rights, the new owner of the island will gain a six-bedroom English Colonial mansion dating to 1900, private beach, swimming pool, and a docking area and boat for access the mainland. According to property records, the current owners bought the island for $950,000 in 1981.
East Hampton’s “Pond House,” located on the exclusive Georgica Pond and adjacent to a 17-acre meadow preserve, sat on the market for eight long years, despite the fact that it was built by famed classical architect Standford White and features luxe offerings like an infinity pool, outdoor dining area, and hand-carved heated marble bathtubs. But in July, the 12,000-square-foot home finally went into contract for $25,925,000, and Behind the Hedges has now gotten word that the buyers are none other than Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The power couple rented a similarly grand Hamptons home in the summer of 2012, paying $400,000 to spend the month of August there and film a music video. No word yet on whether their new purchase will get the same public attention, but it’s certainly worthy.
Just an hour outside of NYC in Stamford, Connecticut, a mid-century modern gem is available for sale for the first time in 65+ years, and it’s got some serious celeb history. The Post reports that the late Oscar-winning actress Luise Rainer and her husband, publisher Robert Knittel, bought a 6.64-acre site in 1950, “where they enjoyed weekend getaways in a 600-square-foot cottage.” After just a couple years, though, they sold the property to Lester Rossin, one of the original Madison Avenue “Mad Men” advertising executives. He added a stunning modern home, which was designed to host his “lavish, Hollywood star-lit parties,” according to the listing. Both this main home and Rainer’s cottage have now hit the market for $995,000.
Kevin Sorbo bought this five+ acre Bridgehampton property back in 2001 for $900,000. After building a massive, 12,500-square-foot, eight-bedroom home in 2004, the actor and his wife Sam Jenkins listed it for $10.5 million in 2012. It was taken off the market the following year, after which time it hit the rental market and gained its notorious reputation as the ultimate party pad, according to the Post. These “illegal” and ticketed bashes were often hosted for new product launches, but once Sorbo found out they went against town codes he presumably used some Herculean strength to put an end to it. Curbed Hamptons now reports that the sprawling residence is back on the market for the much-reduced price of $6.5 million.
We can’t imagine he’ll be having any public outbursts over the $7 million profit he just made on his Southampton estate. The Observer reports that confrontational tennis legend John McEnroe, along with his wife, musician Patty Smyth, has sold his beach-front house for $11.25 million, 18 years after buying it for $4.2 million. Not surprisingly, the home on Squabble Lane (how’s that for ironic?) has a full-size Har-Tru tennis court and a gym, as well as a heated pool, private beach access, and the 8,000-square-foot mansion.
In a recent Instagram post, Food Network’s Katie Lee revealed how she’s able to feast on lobster rolls and fried chicken seemingly every day–with daily two-hour workouts in her Water Mill home’s custom Tracy Anderson gym. In addition to the studio, “The Kitchen” co-host, cookbook author, and ex-wife of Billy Joel, decked out her Hamptons estate with a full outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven, climate-controlled wine cellar, home theater with stadium seating, and 42-foot-long heated pool. Lee first tried to unload the home two summers ago for $6.5 million, but now that she’s become a much more recognizable lifestyle influencer and has her own Cooking Channel show, “Beach Bites,” she seems more eager to move on, re-listing the property and reducing the price to $5.5 million (h/t NYP).
Brooklyn-based studio TA Dumbleton Architect designed and built their Bridgehampton WE Guest House in just eight months (h/t dezeen). In that short amount of time, the team converged the look of an old farmhouse with that of a New York City loft apartment, employing incredible double-height windows, an open 3,000-square-foot layout, and insulated stucco walls.
This dramatic, swooping home is the masterwork of Norman Jaffe, an architect known for this “romantic modernist” homes throughout the Hamptons. This stunner is located in Old Westbury, Long Island, at 15 Horseshoe Road. It was built in 1977 and chosen as one of the “best houses in America” in 1979. As Curbed put it, the unique two-story structure is “formed by several hulking volumes” which include a wood-clad, wedge-like roof, a glass-walled living space, and a stone facade and patios. It’s now on the market for $3.995 million.
Just in time for the height of the summer season, developer Property Markets Group has released a set of new photos of their 500-foot Long Island City rental 1 QPS Tower, which has the highest rooftop pool in the city, complete with panoramic skyline views, plenty of lounge chairs, and a stylish bar area (h/t CityRealty). The new images also show off the SLCE-designed skyscraper’s other amenities, including a garden terrace, library, triple-height gym with rock climbing wall, and conference/lounge areas.
Singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. and his wife, former Victoria’s Secret model Jill Goodacre, bought this 4.6-acre Connecticut estate, a former dairy farm, in 1998 for $1.54 million. After a two-year renovation and nearly 20 years raising their three daughters here, the couple has decided to part ways with the rustic New Canaan home, listing it for $7.5 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The seven-bedroom main house, once a barn built in the 1890s, is joined by a heating pool and pool house, another former barn that serves as a gym and storage, and a third smaller barn where Connick writes music.