YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: English fashion designer Stella McCartney, daughter of music legend Paul McCartney, of course, and her “sartorially astute” husband Alasdhair Willis, creative director of the venerable Scottish Wellington boot brand Hunter, plunked down $1.5 million for a humble if hardly inexpensive and decidedly not-chic waterfront cottage in the Napeague area of Amagansett, NY, a transaction first turned up by the East Hampton Press.
The petite and unpleasantly boxy bayside residence sits privately at the tail end of discreet and supermodel slim tree-lined lane with open views across the glimmering Napeague bay to the southern tip of Gardiners Island. The McCartney-Willises bought not only the .4-acre waterfront parcel on which the house stands but also a landlocked neighboring parcel of .33-acres that brings the total size of the property to .73 acres according to online marketing materials. The existing house measures in at a modest 1,350-square-feet with three bedrooms — all with weirdly tiny windows — and two perfectly ordinary but certainly serviceable bathrooms. Things get better and brighter in the combination living/dining room that features honey blond wide plank wood floorboards, a vaulted ceiling, and three sets of glass sliders on two walls. However, it’s back to blah in the adjoining galley-type kitchen that’s clean and well maintained but also on the wrong side of puny with uninspired finishes and low-end, rental-grade appliances. The glass sliders in the living/dining room open to a north-facing deck that runs the full width of the house with a lovely elevated water view over a narrow stretch of scrubby dunes. The house would seem on the wee side for the McCartney-Willises who have four children between 11 and 16 years old and, as others have already speculated, it’s quite likely the existing house will get substantially expanded or perhaps even razed to make way for something larger and more stylishly outfitted.
It’s not such a surprise the organic-minded and PETA-supporting fashionista would snatch up a house in the Hamptons since her father has owned an unassuming shingled cottage on an Amagansett cul-de-sac that few Hamptonites even know is there since the late 1990s when it was purchased for $498,000.
As far as we know the Britain-based couple continue to own a townhouse residence in London’s natty Notting Hill area as well as a 160-ish-acre country estate near Bishampton, Worcestershire, about 120 miles outside of London, that was bought sometime before they were married in 2003.
As a bone fide rock and roll heiress Miz McCartney might have easily rested comfortably on her family laurels but instead heads up a global empire that includes an eponymous high-end fashion label, perfume and skin-care products, a charming and pricey line of children’s clothing, and 17 stores located in plummy zip codes in some of the worlds most sophisticated cities.
The property was represented by Diana and Dawn Neway of Douglas Elliman.
Listing photos: Douglas Elliman