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Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley compete for big Hamptons buyers

Billy Joel's Sagaponack house

Billy Joel's Sagaponack house (Credit: Newsday Photo / Jeff Scahmberry)

Seems that ex-spouses Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel like to keep real estate agents on Long Island busy ... really busy. Between the two of them, they have bought, sold or tried to sell at least a dozen properties here since they married in 1985. The pair have been divorced since 1994, but remain friends, sharing family occasions in the Hamptons with their 23-year old daughter Alexa Ray, according to published reports.

But now these friends may become adversaries of a sort, both vying for buyers for their respective Hamptons properties in a tight real estate market. Joel has just recently placed two adjacent Sagaponack properties on the block for an asking price of $35 million; Brinkley has been looking for a buyer for her Bridgehampton home, Tower Hill, for several years. The estate is now priced at $30 million.

Brinkley’s Tower Hill is a 20-acre, 12-bedroom compound in Bridgehampton, which has been on and off the market since 2002. The home was built in 1898, and sits 200-ft above sea level, with an imposing 8-story tower that affords view of the Connecticut shore. Records show that Brinkley purchased the estate in the late 1990’s for $2,776,500. It’s listed with Susan Breitenbach of The Corcoran Group. Brinkley also owns homes in Water Mill, North Haven and Sag Harbor.

Over in Sagaponack, Joel is selling two homes he purchased for soon-to-be ex-wife Katie Lee in 2007. The Gibson Lane properties are an oceanfront 3-bedroom bungalow purchased for $11.6 million (he’s now asking $12.5 million) and the house next door, a four bedroom, 6 bath beach house formerly owned by the late actor Roy Scheider. That home was purchased for $16.75 million, and is now on the market for $22.5 million. Both homes are listed with Biana Stepanian of The Corcoran Group. Joel owns an estate on Centre Island, property in Sag Harbor and a Manhattan townhouse.




Newsday Photo / Jeff Schamberry