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Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Bridgehampton says “neigh” to “mega ranch,” Neil Patrick Harris buys summer retreat … & more

Neil Patrick Harris with his husband David Burtka (credit: Angela George via Wiki Commons) and Campbell Stables (credit: DHMurray Architects)

Neil Patrick Harris with his husband David Burtka (credit: Angela George via Wiki Commons) and Campbell Stables (credit: DHMurray Architects)

Bridgehamptonites say Southampton’s ponies stink!

Bridgehampton seems disenchanted with all things equestrian. First the polo grounds closed, and now they are saying, “Whoa!” to South­­­ampton horse owners. Campbell Stables at 6 West Pond Drive is hoping to amend a site plan to include additional structures on their farm. But their neighbors say the plan stinks, and that they are becoming a “mega ranch.” “I do not want it located anywhere near our property for several reasons,” one local said, noting the smell, increased traffic and his daughter’s allergies. “It’s like Saratoga out in my backyard,” said another. [EHS]

Doogie Howser is headed to East Hampton

Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka have just dropped $5.5 million on a four-bedroom house in East Hampton. The 5,250-square-foot spread at 400 Hands Creek Road comes with a tennis court, swimming pool and multiple gardens in a “secluded park-like setting.” It also features a chef’s kitchen, four fireplaces and a rooftop hot tub. The duo got quite a bargain, given that the estate was first listed in 2014 for $7.4 million. [BTH]

Geometry lovers act now: Double Diamond house  hit the market

A real “gem” of a property in Westhampton beach is available as a summer rental. Known as the Double Diamond house, the angular structure was designed in 1958 by architect Andrew Geller. Restored in 2013 and moved closer to Dune Road, the 600-square-foot spread is now the pool house for a newer home that comes with five bedrooms, a media room and a dry and steam sauna. The entire property is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day for $250,000. [Newsday]

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s former Hamptons rental finds a buyer

A lovely home at 211 Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton where Bill and Hillary Clinton summered in 2011 and 2012 is now in contract to be sold. Though the buyer and the final sales price are not yet known, it was last asking $32.5 million. The 10,000-square-foot home has lingered on the market since 2015, always with the same price tag. It comes with eight bedrooms, nine-and-a-half bathrooms, 1.2 acres of land with 200 feet of ocean frontage and a heated pool. [Observer]

Billionaire ordered to pay $213.2M judgment over Hamptons home

Billionaire Ira Rennert must pay a $213.2 million judgment against him, a federal appeals court announced Wednesday. A jury found Rennert guilty in February 2015 of diverting funds from his now-defunct company, MagCorp, to use to build his enormous, 43,000-square-foot, 21-bedroom mansion in Sagaponack. The home, called Fair Field, sits on 65 acres and was last-valued at $248.5 million by the town of Southampton. MagCorp filed for bankruptcy in 2001, and a trustee of Magnesium Corp. of America brought the lawsuit against Rennert, accusing him of taking the money when the company was already struggling with its enormous pollution lawsuits. [The Forward] and [Bloomberg]