The Clintons rent in East Hampton

Bill and Hillary return to Elie Hirschfeld’s house for the second year in a row
By Katherine Clarke | August 10, 2012 12:00PM

The presidential race is heating up, but Bill and Hillary Clinton are taking some time out to relax in the Hamptons.

The political power couple has rented an East Hampton house owned by real estate mogul Elie Hirschfeld and will be staying there for the whole month of August, The Real Deal has learned.

The Clintons rented the house, at 211 Lily Pond Lane, for a week last year during Hurricane Irene. Their longer stay this year will include the former president’s 66th birthday on August 19th. The vacation precedes the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, where Bill Clinton is slated to give a speech on September 3rd.

Lily Pond Lane is well-known hotspot for celebrities, where Steven Spielberg, Martha Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi have all owned homes.

Hirschfeld declined to comment on the Clintons’ stay. As The Real Deal previously reported, the developer, whose Manhattan projects include the Grand Sutton co-op And The Crowne Plaza hotel, bought the 12,000-square-foot oceanfront property in 1996. The eight-bedroom house is currently on the sales market for $19.95 million with Sotheby’s International Realty agents Bettie Wysor and Ed Petrie. The price was recently dropped from $25 million. The home has been on the market since 2009.

It was not immediately clear how much the Clintons are paying for the one-month rental.

Hirschfeld previously told The Real Deal that the former president reorganized his library by subject matter during his last stay; perhaps he’ll clean out his garage this time.