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Rufus Wainwright buys into Hamptons rock enclave

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright (Credit: Los Angeles Times photo by Carolyn Cole)

If there’s a rock and roll haven, it’s got to be the Hamptons, where musicians have quietly and not so quietly been putting down roots for years.

Billy Joel and Paul McCartney are probably the most high-profile rockers to call the Hamptons home. Joel owns several properties on the East End, including two adjacent homes in Sagaponack, now on the market for a combined $35 million, listed with Biana Stepanian of The Corcoran Group. Joel had purchased one of the homes from late actor Roy Scheider; both homes were a present for his soon to be ex-wife, Katie Lee.

McCartney has been vacationing in Amagansett since the early days with his late wife Linda. He owns a two-acre spread in the town. This past summer, rocker Lou Reed and wife Laurie Anderson bought a 1.4-acre compound not far away in East Hampton for $1.495 million. The property had been listed with Christopher Stewart and Sonia Gaviola of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Designer Lorraine Kirke, who is married to Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, is selling her East Hampton digs for $8.995 million. The 11-bedroom home sits on 1.14 acres in the Georgica section. Ed Petrie of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing. Public records show the couple own two other properties in the town.

Rufus Wainwright, who reportedly recently purchased his own home out east, has Long Island ties that go back generations. In August, he told The Sag Harbor Express: “I was born in New York, but brought up in Canada ... My grandfather is buried in East Hampton. All of our family is from the East End, so I’m really a native Hamptonite returning home after two generations.” Wainwright’s father, Loudon Wainwright III, has owned a home on Shelter Island since 1998.

Other rockers who have called the Hamptons home include Jimmy Buffett (North Haven), Suzanne Vega (Sag Harbor), Roger Waters (Southampton), and Jon Bon Jovi (East Hampton). Jam session anyone?


Los Angeles Times photo by Carolyn Cole

Tags: celeb , Billy Joel , Paul McCartney , Rich Cribs , Southampton , North Haven , East Hampton , Amagansett , Shelter Island , Sagaponack , Sotheby's International Realty , The Corcoran Group , Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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