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    Sean Hannity’s Long Island Estate Hits the Market for $13.75 Million

    Conservative political commentator Sean Hannity recently made a permanent move from New York to the so-called “free state of Florida.” So, it’s no surprise that the Fox News Channel star has decided to hoist his longtime New York residence in the Long Island enclave of Centre Island up for sale, as was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. He is already broadcasting the network’s Hannity program and The Sean Hannity Show on iHeartRadio from studios in the Sunshine State’s affluent Palm Beach community.

    Nestled amid a grassy parcel of land tucked alongside Oyster Bay, which feeds into the Long Island Sound, the waterfront estate just hit the market for a speck under $13.8 million—or about $5.2 million more than Hannity forked over for the place 16 years ago, back in spring 2008. The listing is held by Shawn Elliott of Nest Seekers International.

    Spanning roughly 6 acres, the picturesque spread is showcased by a New England-style home featuring seven en-suite bedrooms and a total of nine bathrooms in almost 11,000 square feet of multi-level living space, all with access to 500 feet of shoreline and an 81-foot private dock.

    The New England-style home rests on a roughly 6-acre parcel next to Oyster Bay.

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    Completed in 2005, the stone and wood-shingled structure greets with a lengthy gated driveway that empties out at an attached three-car garage. Once inside, a marble-clad foyer flows to a living room with French doors spilling out to a covered terrace warmed by a fire-pit, a formal dining room, and a gourmet kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry, an eat-in island, top-notch appliances, and an accompanying breakfast nook.

    Other highlights include a fireside family room and a snazzy blue-hued wet bar sporting granite countertops, as well as a sumptuous primary suite boasting a fireplace, a sitting area, a balcony, two walk-in closets, and a spa-inspired bath with dual vanities, a built-in soaking tub, and a glass-encased steam shower. According to Adweek, a fully equipped studio can be found elsewhere within the house.

    As for the lushly landscaped grounds, they’re laced with gardens, manicured lawns, and specimen trees and plantings, and host a swimming pool surrounded by a brick-clad sundeck. There’s also a tennis court, a par-3 golf course, and a separate putting green on the premises.

    In addition to his for-sale New York home, records show the 62-year-old N.Y.C. native owns an oceanfront townhouse in Florida’s South Palm Beach neighborhood that he paid $5.3 million for in early 2021. He also reportedly maintains several other residences in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.

    Click here for more photos of Sean Hannity’s New York house.

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    Mid-Tier Hamptons Homes Are Seeing Massive Price Cuts. Here’s Why.

    After a pandemic-era boom, home prices in the Hamptons are starting to plunge.

    Last month, the interest rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage hit a whopping 8 percent for the first time since 2000. Back in 2020, the average rate clocked in at around 3 percent, and it’ll likely be a long time before rates dip that low again.

    As a result, a slew of properties in the $2 million to $5 million range—the middle range for luxury homes in the notoriously expensive string of Long Island communities that comprise the Hamptons—are seeing major price cuts, the New York Post reported. In recent months, seven-figure homes in the affluent enclaves of Sag Harbor and Amagansett have seen asking price reductions of up to 20 percent as rising interest rates continue to spook buyers.  

    The asking prices of homes listed in the $2 million to $5 million range are being slashed across the Hamptons.

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    In addition, New Yorkers who fled to the Hamptons during the pandemic are now facing a return-to-office push that’s putting an end to the work-from-home era. “Now that people are back at the office, they don’t need all that space for a ‘Zoom room’,” a source told The Post. “I know a lot of people turning their remote offices in the Hamptons back into bedrooms and putting them on the market.”

    According to a report by Douglas Elliman, the median sales price for a Hamptons home was $1.4 million, an 11.4 percent drop from a year ago, while the average price for a luxury property was just shy of $6.2 million, a 3.2 percent decrease. Conversely, sales at the top end of the market are booming. Deals in the East End spiked 11.6 percent from the second to the third quarter, while trophy home sales were up 11.5 percent. In fact, it was the second time in almost 20 years that there were more transactions between July and September than between April and June. 

    “There’s a ton of wealth, and people will always want to be in the Hamptons,” David Mazujian, a realtor with the Corcoran Group, told The Post. “There’s a ton of demand.”  More

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    Movin’ Out: Billy Joel’s Sprawling New York Estate Just Hit the Market for $49 Million

    Billy Joel has long been known as Long Island’s golden boy, but the musician is saying buh-bye to his home base out east.

    The Piano Man has listed his Oyster Bay mansion for a cool $49 million, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The 26-acre property, known as Middlesea, sits along the North Shore waterfront and includes a 20,000-square-foot main house, along with a beach house, a guest apartment, a gate house, and more.

    One of the bedrooms

    Tyler Sands

    Currently, the central home is undergoing renovations, but it includes five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, along with covered porches, brick columns and archways, and a two-story foyer with black-and-white marble floors. Plus, the home comes with a suite of amenities suited to a rock star: There’s a spa and hair salon, a bowling alley, and a wine cellar. At one point, the home sported an indoor pool—along with the two outdoors—but Joel had it covered up to make a music room, the listing agent Bonnie Williamson with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty told the WSJ.

    Joel decided to list the house while renovations were still occurring because “whoever buys will want to do their own selections of how to paint and decorate and perhaps style the kitchen,” Williamson said. It should be completed by the late summer or early fall.

    A living area

    Tyler Sands

    Over the years, Joel acquired bits of property to amass his enormous estate: He paid $22.5 million for the first 14 acres in 2002, then snapped up the surrounding land. He’s decided to give it all up now because he and his wife spend most of their time in Florida, where he bought a $22 million home in 2015.

    The Grammy winner’s decision to forgo his Long Island abode will be another family’s gain, however. Along with all of the various indoor spaces, the property features a floating dock, boat ramp, and helipad, allowing you to skip the New York City traffic and arrive in style. And the various other homes on the acreage give you at least another 10 bedrooms for guests to enjoy.

    So although Joel may no longer be living in a New York state of mind, you sure can be.

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    The Lavish Mansion That Starred in Notorious BIG’s ‘Big Poppa’ Music Video Can Be Yours for $14 Million

    A sprawling compound with an extensive filming resume on Long Island’s North Shore has just hit the market, offering music fans the opportunity to own an iconic piece of rap history. Known as Bellavista, the property sits on a whopping 16 acres in New York’s affluent Old Westbury suburb, which Bloomberg counts as being the 18th richest zip code in the entire United States.

    Central to both Manhattan and The Hamptons, the estate is located about 25 miles east of the former and 70 miles west of the latter. And, as the listing notes, there’s plenty of room for a helipad to be built on the premises for those seeking a quicker commute to either.

    Initially constructed as an Amish farm in 1868, the secluded site makes for quite the unique buy. The spacious grounds not only boast a 9,415-square-foot main residence that stands on a gated four acres but a fully operational 12-acre equestrian village with expansive lawns that includes seven legal cottages, as well! Considering the potential rental, riding and, of course, filming revenue, the listing represents an extraordinary opportunity to purchase a property with an abundance of built-in passive income – not to mention the set from an epochal music video. It was at the estate back in 1995 that The Notorious B.I.G. shot the famed video for “Big Poppa,” the groundbreaking second single from his premiere studio album, “Ready to Die.”

    A trophy property in every sense, the compound is being offered by Kristin Thomas of Compass for $13.9 million.

    The lush entryway and roundabout. 

    Tyler Sands

    Mediterranean in style, the handsome main residence contains seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms (six full, three half) spread across two floors. There is also a partially-finished 4,533-square-foot basement level with a dressing room, a fireplace, a nearly 300-square-foot cedar closet, multiple storage spaces and ten-foot ceilings.

    The bright and spacious home entrance. 

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    According to listing information, “The main house is reminiscent of European enclaves from Spain and Greece, constructed with solid white stone and terra cotta roof.  It was built in 1988 throughout a four-year ‘labor of love’ construction, flying in artisans and masters from Europe as well as highly respected Manhattan designers to create a dream house sparing no expense. Every inch was created with the highest level of quality, materials, and design. Today, it presents a buyer with an opportunity to bring their own vision to life, reimagining the finishes with more contemporary style throughout the smartly laid out floor plan.” As such, visual renderings of possible new design schematics have been provided by Compass, including the above of the entry foyer, where guests are currently welcomed via a dramatic space capped by a 36-foot ceiling with a sunroof.  Standing opposite the front doors is a grand bifurcated staircase complete with a balcony overlooking the expansive room. The remainder of the mansion features ten-foot ceilings throughout.

    The massive dining room with floor to ceiling windows. 

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    Amenities are plentiful at the estate. With boiserie and millwork galore, an impressive five fireplaces, four balconies, a formal dining room and a gym, the manse is not short on creature comforts or space.

    The updated kitchen with wooden floors and beams. 

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    Rounding out the living spaces are a den that opens to a wisteria-covered patio, formal living and family rooms (both with fireplaces) and a chef’s kitchen that is bigger than most New York apartments! An epicure’s delight, the cavernous space (pictured in a rendering above) currently features a granite island and countertops, oversized fridge and massive breakfast nook surrounded by a smattering of arched windows.

    The backyard pool amongst florals and cropped hedges. 

    Tyler Sands

    To the rear of the mansion is a 96-gallon swimming pool and attached jacuzzi, flanked by an outdoor kitchen and mature foliage of every size, shape and vibrant color. The grounds are bucolic and serene and, some might even say, hypnotizing.

    One of the outbuilding on the property. 

    Tyler Sands

    The charming Colonial-style equestrian village consists of myriad outbuildings including two barns, stables housing 29 stalls, two garages and six paddocks, most of which are original to the 1868 farm.

    A clip from the ‘Big Poppa’ music video. 

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    The unique and extensive landscape provides ample backdrops and vistas for filming and, as such, the property has been a location manager favorite, appearing in more than 100 productions including movies, television shows, commercials and music videos.

    The stunning bathroom where ‘Big Poppa’ scenes were filmed. 

    Tyler Sands

    The Notorious B.I.G. and Bad Boy Records exec Sean “Diddy” Combs headed to the estate to shoot “Big Poppa” – more specifically to the property’s ornate main bathroom. It is while sitting in the massive tub, with its gilded swan-shaped faucets, amidst a trio of women and bubbles of both the champagne and soap variety, that Combs asks, “How you living Biggie Smalls?”, and he responds in his signature flow, “In mansion and Benzes, giving ends to my friends and it feels stupendous.” Indeed, taking a dip in that tub on a regular basis would feel stupendous.

    A screen capture of the entrance steps in the ‘Warning’ video. 

    Bad Boy Records

    Biggie and Combs also shot the video for “Warning” at the estate, with the latter taking up residence once again in the bathtub of the owners’ suite for the shoot. The rest of the mansion, including the foyer, appeared extensively in the video, as well.

    An outside shot of the Bellavista in a Junior M.A.F.I.A video. 

    Big Beat

    Biggie Smalls proved to be a B.I.G. fan of the property because he also filmed the video for Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Player’s Anthem” there, along with Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease.

    A clip of Kool G Rap in the marble tub within the manse. 

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    Additionally, Kool G Rap made use of the main bathtub in his “Fast Life” music video. Talk about a famous tub!

    A view of the property in the 1998 action film “Scarred City.” 

    Alchemy

    Bellavista played the home of Raphael Soto (Lou Cantres) in the 1998 action film “Scarred City” (also known as “Scar City”).

    The entrance gates seen in a 2008 commercial starring Martha Stewart and Jim McCann. 

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    In 2008, the manse’s front gate was used in a 1-800-Flowers commercial starring Martha Stewart and Jim McCann.

    A night shot of the mansion in the Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger-created series “Vinyl.” 

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    It popped up as the residence of radio station owner Frank ‘Buck’ Rogers (Andrew Dice Clay) in the pilot episode of the Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger-created series “Vinyl,” which aired in 2016.

    An elaborately detailed scene from tv series, Madam Secretary within the mansion. 

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    And it portrayed a couple of different spots in the season three episode of “Madam Secretary” titled “The Detour,” including the Dakar, Senegal palace where Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) met with President Babacar Diome (Afemo Omilami), as well as Le Musée Togolais d’Art et dHistoire in Lomé, Togo, which Elizabeth and her team toured. More