OWNERS: Rick and Kathy Hilton
LOCATION: Southampton, NY
PRICE: $450,000 (MD-LD)
SIZE: 10,000 square feet, 10 bedrooms, 10.5 Baths
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Summer’s a comin, Kids, and if you haven’t already it’s time to line up your Memorial Day to Labor Day rental in the Hamptons.
Individuals with deep pockets may consider letting a cedar shingled mansion on a multi-acre property at the Water Mill region of Southampton (NY) that is recorded for the summer season at a bulgy rate of $425,000* and owned by Rick and Kathy Hilton. **
Mister Hilton, together with being an heir to the global Hilton Hotels & Resorts fortune, co-owns the powerhouse Triangle real estate brokerage Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills. He’s also an occasional high-end property developer who is (partly) responsible for its comparatively discreet (and marginally different ), guard-gated Brentwood County Estates enclave in Brentwood where professional pigskin passer Tom Brady and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen custom built a –ahem–eco-minded mansion they publicly listed earlier this year for about $50 million and Your Mama hears are rumored and reported all set to market for about $40 million to hip-hop mega-mogul Dr. Dre.
Missus Hilton, among other semi-professional endeavors, owned a tchotchke store on the Sunset Strip until she hawked house accessories QVC and, later, high-end skin care products on HSN. In the mid-Aughts she hosted a blessedly short-lived reality program (I would like To Be a Hilton) and she currently layouts –or”layouts” depending on your point of view–a line of mid-priced celebration dresses and cocktail frocks sold at countless higher end department stores and boutiques across the globe.
Property records reveal Mister and Missus Hilton acquired the 2.7 acre, fully-landscaped estate at the guard-gated Fordune enclave in 1999 for $2,385,000. The property was part of a huge, 235 property called–you got itFordune that once belonged to automotive scion Henry Ford II. After it was acquired from the mid-1970s by an Italian businessman for only $1.8 million the property has been subdivided into about 40 estate-sized parcels with deeded ocean access.
This isn’t the first time Your Mama has (dissed and) discussed the Hilton family’s gambrel roofed mansion in the Hamptons. In 2007 we piggybacked on an a fairly unflattering article in Vanity Fair that revealed they’d rented the property throughout the 2006 summer season for approximately $350,000 to some otherwise unidentified wealthy people who found the place for a bit shabby. Indeed, one unnamed source cattily advised Vanity Fair the home was”moldy and filthy.” (And some ofy’all believe Your Mama can be nasty?) In 2009 the Hilton’s Hamptons estate came back up for rental at $400,000 for the summer season and while we don’t have any idea if the home was moldy and or filthy, record photos showed the massive home had gloomy and quite frumpy, chintz-centric day-core.
Current listing information, however, show the approximately 10,000 square foot residence*** has had a broad make-over and decorative redo. It doesn’t seem dowdy and stale like it did in the 2009 photographs Though the new day-core is not likely to win any fashion awards or get the location photographed for one of the better shelter publications.
You will find, according to current listing information, a total of 10 bedroom, 10.5 bathrooms and three fireplaces including a two en suite guest/family bedrooms and a den/office on the upper floor together. There are two master suites, according to our research, one on the main floor and another on the upper floor that’s complete with fireplace ceiling with exposed rafters, and immediate access to a patio. In all-white the bedroom-sized master bath was done up like the kitchen and includes a glass-enclosed shower stall and a separate, freestanding soaking tub. Past rental listings for the property reveal there is a two bedroom and 2 bathroom guest wing reachable by separate stairs in addition to a few bedrooms and at least one bath in the (completed ) basement area that are probably best suited to live-in national employees and/or less-favored house guests and children.
Listing photographs show nearly white hardwood floors run through most (or even all) of the main floor living spaces that include a grand, center hall entrance with curved staircase and a spacious”formal” living area with fireplace. There is also a smaller study, a library with built in book shelves, and a formal dining room large enough to host a set of tables. The middle island eat in kitchen seems to have been rather recently re-did within an all-white palette and is now fitted and kitted with simple white cabinetry, top-grade stainless steel appliances, snow white counter tops of unknown but presumably high quality material, and a chevron pattern marble tile back splash.
The gated, high-hedged and full-landscaped grounds incorporate a semi-circular driveway that arches up to some porte-cochère at the front part of the house and bends around to a large motor courtroom at the side of the house where there is garaging for three cars and a hedge-ringed half-court basketball court. In the opposite end of the house a massive covered porch includes viewpoints of the property’s gardens and along the back of the house red brick terraces offer way to a soccer field sized back yard . The kids will notice that the slightly elevated spa was put on a little island at the swimming pool and, unless you leaps the moat, is available using a storybook (and type of campy) arched wooden bridge.
Just FYI: The Mama’s research shows the Hiltons’ home in the Hamptons is hardly the most expensive summer lease available from the Southampton or even inside the Fordune enclave. You will find a few of Southampton estates recorded at upwards of $900,000 for the summer season also, just down the road in the Hiltons, a slightly smaller but similarly outfitted faux-quoined Euro-style villa is listed at $650,000 for the complete Memorial Day to Labor Day summertime season.
For a great deal of years, the Los Angeles-based Hiltons kept a sizable (rental) suite at the vaunted Waldorf Astoria Towers on Park Avenue in New York City where some of the four kids spent some of the formative years. We don’t know when they gave up their location at The Waldorf however we do know that late last year (2013) Mister and Missus Hilton shelled out $2,522,000 to get a high floor one bedroom and 2 bathroom pied-à-terre at The Pierre, an equally vaunted and preposterously expensive five star resort and residence tower that lords over the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 61st Street.
Back to the West Coast, the vacant nesting parents of four possess a one-ish acre-estate with a nearly 15,000+ square foot mansion in the center of the super-prime lower East Gate region of Bel Air. Property records show the Hilton’s Bel Air spread was obtained in July 2004 for $9,220,000 and that they bought the house from Mary Carol Rudin, the widow of Milton”Mickey” Rudin, a strong Hollywood lawyer who in his specialist salad represented a slew of A-listers such as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Missus Hilton’s younger sisters, former child actors Kim and Kyle Richards, have attained honest-to-goodness reality television notoriety on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
***While electronic advertising and marketing materials state that home is roughly 10,000 square feet, the Suffolk County Tax Person puts it in 6,994 square feet. (We suspect the 7,000 square foot figure does not take into account the finished basement area but we actually can’t say for certain.)
Listing photos: Hilton & Hyland