Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Matt Lauer humbled in the Hamptons, Joy Behar’s Sag Harbor splash … & more

Sep.September 14, 2016 04:45 PM

Finding no takers, Matt Lauer cuts price by $1M on Noyack home

Matt Lauer is having a no good, very bad week. Right after his widely lambasted performance moderating a forum between the two leading presidential candidates, the NBC anchor slashed the price of his Noyack home by $1 million. Now asking a shade under $17 mllion, the 25-acre estate at 2301 Deerfield Road spans two lots, including 10 acres of land for building. Designed by architect Daniel Romualdez, the 8,000-square-foot residence has six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. It also features a great room with barn beams, a heated gunite pool, a tennis court and hand-painted wallpaper. Lauer listed the Sag Harbor home on the heels of purchasing Richard Gere’s massive North Haven compound for $36 million in July.  [Curbed

Is Rob Kardashian full of hot air?

Though Lauer failed miserably at fact-checking Donald Trump during the forum, Corcoran’s TRData LogoTINY Tim Davis had no such problems. Rob Kardashian, who only recently broke out of his shell by starring in his own reality series with girlfriend Blac Chyna, posted an Instagram photo of an impressive Southampton spread. “Just closed the deal on my new house and can’t wait to move out of CALI !!” the caption read. But the pictured estate is the Normandy House at 408 First Neck Lane, currently listed for $65 million. And Davis, its listing agent, told Luxury Listings that the 2.8-acre lakefront compound is still very much on the market. Trying to pull a fast one on us, Rob? [LLNYC]

Sotheby’s manager movin’ on up from the East End to the East Side

Sotheby’s Upper East Side manager Elie Johnson resigned Monday, and the manager of the Hamptons outpost is stepping up to replace her on a temporary basis. Marissa Ghesquiere will take Johnson’s place as the firm searches for a permanent replacement, according to Sotheby’s CEO Kathy Korte. Reasons for Johnson’s departure were not immediately disclosed. Ghesquiere was the interim brokerage manager for Sotheby’s Hamptons flagship this past year. [TRD]

It may be time to kick out those freeloading kids out of the garage, East Hampton homeowners 

The East Hampton Town Board is considering a change to the construction code that would allow homeowners to build and rent apartments in garages and other accessory structures. The measure would increase the number of affordable units, proponents say. But at a hearing Thursday, attendees questioned whether it would have an impact. Springs resident David Buda said rezoning specifically for affordable housing would make more sense, according to the East Hampton Star, and that allowing apartments in single-family neighborhoods would change their “residential character.” Jim McMillan, a broker with Brown Harris Stevens from Amagansett, questioned how higher density on smaller lots would increase septic flow. The board will be taking public comments until Thursday. [EHS]

Joy Behar’s breakup with East Hampton is official with new $4.75M Sag Harbor digs

Comedian and “The View” co-host Joy Behar made news earlier this summer when she listed her East Hampton pad amid rumors that she was moving to Sag Harbor in order to be closer to the Bay Street Theater. Her new house, it turns out, is located just down the the road at 98 Bay Street. Behar bought the 4,500-square-foot property for $4.75 million, 27East reported. The main residence has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen and five fireplaces; a separate cottage has its own bedroom, kitchen and living room. Meanwhile, her East Hampton house is now under contract, according to Sotheby’s. [27East]

Pave paradise and put up another parking lot, Amagansett 

The East Hampton Town Board last week approved the purchase of 2.5 acres adjacent to the Amagansett business district parking lot. About 30 percent of that open land will be used for an additional 80 parking spaces. The rest will be developed into a park. The sellers were Tom and Herbert Field, the East Hampton Star reported. The town’s community preservation fund will cover 70 percent of the cost, while capital funds will account for the rest. [EHS]

Does the Hamptons diet work in Tribeca too? Find out for $18K a month

Fred Pescatore, the author of “The Hamptons Diet,” is renting his 2,800-square-foot Tribeca loft for $18,500 a month. The one-bedroom at 84 Thomas Street features 14-foot ceilings, custom lighting, an oversized rain shower, exposed brick and oak flooring. Pescatore bought the apartment in 2006 for $1.9 million, and past occupants include poet Jorie Graham, sculptor Beverly Pepper and Apple’s retail director Angela Ahrendts. [LLNYC]

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