SELLER: Matt Lauer
LOCATION: North Sea, NY
SIZE: 1,800 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Quick on the heels of Matt Lauer shelling out a reported $33 million for Strongheart Manor, Richard Gere’s plush six-plus acre bay-front compound just outside of downtown Sag Harbor, NY, the veteran “Today” host hoisted a humbly sized if hardly inexpensive cottage in the North Sea area of Southampton up for sale at $3.95 million. Property records and other online resources show Mister Lauer scooped up the Cape Cod-style house in September 2009 for $2.15 million and listing details kindly forwarded by Hamptons-based snitch Ben D. Ear show there are three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in about 1,800 square feet.
Set down a long driveway on three-quarters of an acre, the house opens to a compact but voluminous living room with bleached wood floors, white brick fireplace, and a vaulted ceiling with rough-hewn wood beams. The eat-in kitchen looks well-kept if basic with simple white cabinets and perfectly functional but average quality appliances. A butcher block topped work peninsula separates the cooking area from the adjoining dining space and family room where several sets of glass sliders open to large deck that spans the full width of the back of the house. The deck, which has a wide view of the boat-dotted cove, steps down to a wide and deep swathe of lawn that makes a gentle slope down to the bulk headed water’s edge and private dock.
Our research shows Mister Lauer and his wife, former model and accomplished horsewoman Annette, are veritable Hamptons land barons. In addition to the small bay-front cottage they now have for sale and their new waterfront compound, the couple owns at least two other notably expansive properties. Since the late 1990s, when it was purchased for an unrecorded amount, they’ve owned a 24.6-acre estate nestled into the thick woods north of Water Mill and in 2012 they shelled out $3.5 million for forty acres of farmland just down the road where they built a world-class commercial equestrian facility called Bright Side Farms. Back in Manhattan, the Lauers shack up in spacious co-operative apartment on the Upper East Side — the same building where jailed Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff lived in the penthouse at the time he was arrested in late 2008 — that was purchased in August 2004 for $5,882,000.
Listing photos: Corcoran