Meet Your Famous East End Neighbors

The rise in Hamptons real estate action on all sides of the game has not left the celebrity players on the sidelines. Quite the contrary! Boldface names who usually take up residence in our South O’ the Highway environs have been active across the East End as we head into the high season.

Comedian Louis C.K. is now an East Ender. The funnyman who was out here recently filming with East Ender Jerry Seinfeld reportedly purchased a 1901 waterfront Tudor on Shelter Island last month for just over $2.4 million. But what really knocks this purchase out of the park? It’s rumored that Babe Ruth once summered in the house (it’s also been rumored that it was built for President William McKinley and his mistress, but since it’s baseball season we’ll stick with the Sultan of Swat story). Called Primrose Cottage, the 4,957-square-foot home has six bedrooms, five fireplaces and an impressive view, sitting on two acres. Now, if you want to be C.K.’s neighbor, or at least improve your chances of hanging out with him between the Twin Forks, then you might want to consider renting…

Designer Jonathan Adler and partner Simon Doonan’s Shelter Island home. Their stylish summer can be yours for $11,000 per month in the 1,299-square-foot house that has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a heated pool. It’s also a short walk to the beach, which may have been on the mind of…

Simon Cowell, who has reportedly rented a summer home in Bridgehampton. The former American Idol judge and X-Factor founder will enjoy the South Fork shores with girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their 3-month-old son. That would give the Hamptons the top three among the highest-paid celebrities of last year, with Bridgehampton’s Madonna at number one, followed by…

Steven Spielberg, who owns a trio of Hamptons properties but may soon be down to two. The Hollywood legend is selling a 3.2-acre pond-front parcel of land he bough in 2008 for $20 million in East Hampton. It is currently listed for $24 million, not far from his Georgica home, where he has a new neighbor in…

David Geffen, who, according to Forbes, has accumulated a $1.1 billion portfolio of properties in the U.S., and will be enjoying the first summer in his new Georgica Pond home. The entertainment mogul bought the waterfront spread with a 7,500-square-foot main house from Courtney Sale Ross, widow of Time Warner CEO Steve Ross, for $50 million earlier this year—a number that places it at #20 on the list of the most expensive homes in U.S. history. Geffen also has a number of properties in Manhattan, where…

Bette Midler’s annual Spring Picnic to benefit the New York Restoration Project was co-chaired by Southampton resident Dottie Herman last Thursday. Herman, the CEO and president of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, honored Liz Smith, famed gossip columnist, and urban gardener Rob Finley at the General Grant National Memorial on Riverside Drive. The New York Restoration Project is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a more sustainable New York City by making open spaces in underserved communities greener. 

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