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Notable Long Island homes on the market in 2017

Whether the house itself was well-known, the seller or buyer was a household name, or the property was infamous for its history, there were many notable Long Island houses on the market in 2017. Here are some that stood out.

Amityville - The Amityville Horror House

The home that inspired
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The home that inspired "The Amityville Horror" book and subsequent movies closed on Feb. 9 for $605,000, which was more than $200,000 below its asking price.

The 1927 Dutch Colonial was listed for sale in June of 2016 for $850,000 and remained on the market for 165 days.

What Newsday wrote at the time: The 0.27-acre lot comes with a boathouse and boat slip on the Amityville River. The 5,000-square-foot house comes with five bedrooms and 3 1⁄2-bathrooms. Although it is restored, the house features period details such as oak floors and leaded glass, an exclusive tour given to Newsday revealed last year.

Tales of the house being haunting, told in books and movies, have turned the property into a stop for curiosity seekers.

Before the book "The Amityville Horror" was published in 1977 and the first of the films about the house was released in 1979, Ronald DeFeo Jr., then 23, shot and killed his parents and four younger siblings as they slept. He is serving 25 years to life at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in upstate Dutchess County.

Sands Point - Adam Sandler and Chris Rock’s rental homes

While filming the Netflix comedy
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While filming the Netflix comedy "The Week Of" on Long Island over the summer, actors Adam Sandler and Chris Rock rented properties in Sands Point, situated on Nassau County's North Shore.

The agent that worked with the stars' representatives would not confirm the prices for the rentals but called them "record setting."

What Newsday wrote at the time: Two out of three of the homes were occupied when the stars rented them, but sources said the owners were offered compelling amounts of money to vacate. Estimates for the individual rentals range from $60,000 a month to more than $500,000 for the summer.

Montauk - Dick Cavett’s house

Famed television personality Dick Cavett placed his 19-acre
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Famed television personality Dick Cavett placed his 19-acre oceanfront Montauk house on the market in May for $62 million.

The 6,000-square foot house, which remains on the market for the same asking price, features seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. Known as Tick Hall, the home is one of the seven Montauk Association houses designed by Stanford White in the 1880s that are referred to as the "Seven Sisters."

What Newsday wrote at the time: There were times when famed television personality Dick Cavett would be sitting in his Montauk home watching one of his old talk shows. He'd see a celebrity he was interviewing, point to a piece of furniture in the room and say, "That person was once sitting right in that chair."

"And some of those were pretty extraordinary people," says his wife, Martha Rogers-Cavett, referring to people like Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen and other prominent guests who visited Cavett's Montauk estate.

Jamaica Estates - Donald Trump’s childhood house

Just days before Donald Trump's inauguration in January,
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Just days before Donald Trump's inauguration in January, his childhood home in Jamaica Estates went to auction. OK, so it's not in Nassau or Suffolk County, but close enough! The house, where Trump lived until he was four, sold for $2.14 million. Built by Trump's father, Fred, the five-bedroom house has 4-1/2 bathrooms, a full finished basement and two-car garage. The house was later put up for rent and then listed on Airbnb for short-term stays.

See what Newsday wrote at the time.

East Hampton – Grey Gardens

The famed East Hampton home sold for $15.5
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The famed East Hampton home sold for $15.5 million in December. The house was once occupied by Jackie Kennedy Onassis' eccentric aunt Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Beale's daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale, better known as "Big Edie" and "Little Edie," respectively. The house, which was owned by Sally Quinn, the wife of late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, was the subject of a 1975 documentary.

What Newsday wrote at the time: Sally Quinn, the wife of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, listed the seven-bedroom, 6 1⁄2-bathroom house for nearly $20 million in February. Quinn and Bradlee purchased the home in 1979 and restored it.

In November, while the home was in contract, people lined up early in the morning for a weekend estate sale, which included some of the Beales' possessions.

East Hampton - Jackie Kennedy’s childhood summer home

The East Hampton home where Jackie Kennedy summered
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The East Hampton home where Jackie Kennedy summered as a child sold in October. Listed at the time for $29.995 million, the selling price was not disclosed. Known as Lasata, the 7.15-acre estate includes an 8,500-square foot main house, which was purchased by Onassis' maternal grandmother, Maude Frances Sergeant Bouvier in 1925.

What Newsday wrote at the time: Lasata, Algonquin for "place of peace," has a total of 10 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and two half-baths. That includes the property's two-bedroom pool house and one-bedroom guesthouse. The main house boasts a sunken living room, formal dining room, sunroom and master bedroom with a sitting room. The property includes stone patios, gardens and a heated in-ground pool. 

Brookville – Marc Anthony’s house

The Brookville compound owned by Latin pop star
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The Brookville compound owned by Latin pop star Marc Anthony sold in July for $4.5 million, well below its initial asking price of $12 million in early 2015. The main house, where Anthony's ex-wife Jennifer Lopez also once lived, includes 10 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a recording studio and theater.

What Newsday wrote at the time: The gated 8.5-acre property includes a 10,000-square-foot mansion, a 4,000-square-foot Colonial, and a barn that the Latin pop star once converted into a dance studio for Lopez, who once lived at the house, says Andrea Attanasio of Long Island Homes of Distinction, the co-listing agent with Teresa Angelino.

After the house first hit the market with another real estate agency in 2015, it was relisted in November 2015 for $9 million. It was reduced in July 2016 by more than $2 million and was last listed earlier this year with an asking price of $5.995 million.

Bridgehampton - Bethenny Frankel buys former bed-and-breakfast

Reality TV star and Skinnygirl Cocktails founder Bethenny
Photo Credit: Town & Country Real Estate / Chris Foster

Reality TV star and Skinnygirl Cocktails founder Bethenny Frankel bought the former Morning Glory House in Bridgehampton for $2.037 in December. The house, once a bed-and-breakfast, features seven bedrooms and 5-1/2 bathrooms.

What Newsday wrote at the time: The "Real Housewives of New York City" star is set to star in a new reality show on Bravo called "Keeping It Real Estate," in which she and luxury real estate broker Fredrik Eklund, a real estate broker and reality-TV star, buy and flip multimillion-dollar homes.

The Morning Glory House is the second property that Frankel has purchased in Bridgehampton in recent years, having bought a five-bedroom home that backs to a 40-acre preserve for $2 million in 2013.

Southampton – John McEnroe’s house

Tennis star John McEnroe in June sold his
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Tennis star John McEnroe in June sold his Southampton home, which had been on the market since May 2016, for $11.25 million. The 8,000-square foot house includes eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and two half baths. The gated property of course has a tennis court.

What Newsday wrote at the time: The former tennis star finally sold the eight-bedroom home for $11.25 million, according to new data supplied by Brightwaters real estate information service LI Profiles. The house, which sits on a 2.17-acre property, was originally listed in May 2016 for $14.5 million before being reduced by $2 million in October, per Zillow.

Though McEnroe and his wife, musician Patty Smyth, received far less than the original asking price, a substantial profit was made on the original investment in the house. Property records show that McEnroe purchased the manse in May 1999 for $4.2 million.

East Hampton – The Ammon Estate

The Ammon Estate, infamous for being the site
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The Ammon Estate, infamous for being the site of the 2001 murder of financier Ted Ammon, sold in December for between $8 million and $9 million. The house, with six bedrooms and 6-1/2 bathrooms, sits on 2.2 acres.

What Newsday wrote at the time: The house first listed in June with an asking price of $12.7 million and later was reduced to $10.995 million. The home had been rented over the years, with several tenants wanting to purchase it, but Ammon's adopted twins, Greg and Alexa Ammon, were unwilling to sell at the time, says their longtime broker Judi Desiderio of Town & Country Real Estate.

"The kids weren't ready to sell it until now," says Desiderio, who represented the estate for more than a dozen years. "They put it on the market this summer, and it sold in the fall. It's bittersweet. The kids in a way are very sad. But it was time."

Sag Harbor – Matt Lauer’s house

The Sag Harbor home of former
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The Sag Harbor home of former "Today" host Matt Lauer remained on the market through the full calendar year of 2017. First listed in mid-2016, the 25-acre estate is currently listed for $14.9 million. The six-bedroom house was originally going for $18 million.

What Newsday wrote at the time: For Lauer -- the former "Today" host who was fired on Wednesday for what NBC News called "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" -- the house is one of his several ties to Long Island. Shortly before placing this one on the market, Lauer purchased a bayfront North Haven compound from actor Richard Gere for $33 million.

Lauer's 8,000-square-foot Sag Harbor house, which is listed with Susan Breitenbach of The Corcoran Group, boasts six full bathrooms, two half-baths, an eat-in kitchen with a limited edition chandelier, a dining room with hand-painted wallpaper and a great room with cathedral ceilings.

Bridgehampton – Former “Real Housewives of New York City” property

A Bridgehampton property once owned by
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A Bridgehampton property once owned by "Real Housewives of New York City" star LuAnn de Lesseps added a newly constructed home and hit the market for $16.995 million in November.

What Newsday wrote at the time: The 2.2-acre property and six-bedroom home sold to builder Joe Farrell in 2014 for $8 million. The new, wood-shingled house has 10 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and five half-bathrooms. There's also a pool, pool house and tennis court.

Amagansett – “Seinfeld” house

Shots of the exterior of this Amagansett house
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Shots of the exterior of this Amagansett house were used in an episode of the television show "Seinfeld." The four-bedroom oceanfront home, which first listed in December of 2016 with an asking price of $8.75 million, went to contract in October after the price was cut to $7.4 million.

Other Long Island homes for sale in 2017 also made cameos in television shows and movies. That included homes from "Mildred Pierce" in Point Lookout, "Endless Love" in Sea Cliff, "Madam Secretary" in Lido Beach, and "The Money Pitt" in Lattingtown.

What Newsday wrote at the time: Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer once spent a weekend at this Amagansett house. Well, sort of.

The exterior of the oceanfront home, listed for $8.75 million, was used in a 1994 episode of the hit television show "Seinfeld." In the episode, called "The Hamptons," the gang takes a getaway to the East End home of friends who they come to find have an "ugly baby."  

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