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Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Jazzy digs hits the market for $5M, County comptroller looks for Airbnb tax … & more

By Cathaleen Chen | February 22, 2017 06:29PM

The Dick Hyman house at 21 Peconic Avenue and the Amityville Horror house at 108 Ocean Avenue

A $5.24M listing you can be jazzed for

Scat a little tune for this one. The Sag Harbor residence that once housed jazz musician Richard “Dick” Hyman recently hit the market for $5.24 million, according to the New York Post.

The bayfront home has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It features a sun room, library, chef’s kitchen, and 100 feet of water frontage. Outside, there’s a pool and gazebo. Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman has the listing. [NYP]

Movers & Shakers: Advantage Group promotes veteran, Douglas Elliman has a verbose new hire

Pop the champagne! This week in Hamptons real estate, title insurance firm Advantage Group promoted Chris Nuzzi, the vice president of commercial and real estate client services, to the position of senior vice president, 27East reported. Meanwhile, East End real estate and design writer Debra Scott is joining Douglas Elliman’s East Hampton office. [27East]

Home prices rise amid drought in Long Island housing inventory

It’s a seller’s market in Long Island. Compared to January of 2016, there were 22 percent fewer homes for sale in Long Island last month, Newsday reported. In the same period, however, prices grew by more than 7 percent year-over-year. The number of sales also rose — 9.5 percent in Suffolk County and 4.9 percent in Nassau County. In fact, buying a home is now so competitive that many prospective homeowners are choosing not to negotiate the sticker price, according to Jerry O’Neill, owner of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light. [Newsday]

Take heed, Airbnb hosts: the Suffolk County Comptroller is coming for your unpaid taxes

Suffolk County comptroller John M. Kennedy has collected as much as $25,000 in owed hotel taxes by using the Southampton and East Hampton short-term rental registries, 27East reported. The registries were implemented last summer as an effort to crack down on illegal rentals rampant in the South Fork. The hotel/motel tax law subjects any type of vacation rental to a 3 percent lodging tax, Kennedy told the paper. But not everyone is on board with his plan. East Hampton Town Councilmember Sylvia Overby said she’s concerned that the registry could unfairly target those who rent out their primary residence in order to make ends meet. “The intent of the registry was to maintain the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” she said. [27East]

“Amityville Horror” house sells for $605,000

Because ghosts aren’t real, right? Way on the other end of Long Island, the inspiration behind “The Amityville Horror” book and movies sold recently for $605,000, Newsday reported. That’s more than $200,000 below its original ask of $850,000 in June. The 1920s-built Dutch Colonial spans 5,000 square feet and contains five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It was in this house in 1974 that Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his parents and four siblings as they slept. He’s still serving a 25-to-life sentence at the Green Haven Correctional Facility upstate. [Newsday]

Would you pay nearly $1M for a barn?

Technically, it’s a carriage house. Either way, the 3,300-square-foot Southampton structure on the market for $940,000 was designed by famous East Coast architect, Grosvenor Atterbury. Built in the early 1900s, the property sits on an acre of land. It contains three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, wood-beamed ceilings, and hardwood floors. In the back yard, there’s a terrace and pool. Douglas Elliman has the listing. [27East]