Friday, September 23, 2011

Your Mama Hears...

...from Lenny Longisland that beleaguered media billionaire Rupert Murdoch has finally, at long last sold Rosehearty, his historic estate in the über-swank Long Island (NY) community of Oyster Bay.

The News. Corp. fat cat and his whip smart and super-feisty misssus Wendi Deng first purchased the prime piece of waterfront property in 2003 and first heaved it back on the open market way back in June 2007 with an asking price of $14,800,000. Over the last four and some years the price tag of the bucolic 4.6 estate has been taken off and put back on the market several times while the price tag tumbled to $9,995,000.

Our informant Lenny Longisland snitched to Your Mama that word on the Oyster Bay real estate street is that the fully fenced and electronically gated estate sold for $9,100,000.

The stately and blue-shuttered 1900s Colonial main mansion–with day-core done by Oval Office decorator Michael Smith–measures around 10,000 square feet and includes 11 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms plus a 950-square foot guest house.

Rosehearty's grounds spread out over 4.6 acres of rolling lawns dotted with mature shade trees, a 50-foot swimming pool with pool house, waterside lit tennis court, several outbuildings, garaging for 8 automobiles, and an achingly charming beach cabana for stashing kayaks, water weenies and chaise lounges.

Property records do not yet reflect a transfer, kiddos, so for now this is just rumor and gossip.

Mister and Missus Murdoch still own and maintain a behemoth Fifth Avenue triplex bought in 2005 for a mind-numbing $44,000,000 as well as a secluded estate in the mountains above Beverly Hills (CA) that includes a stunning 8,651 square foot Wallace Neff-designed mansion with 11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.

listing photos: Daniel Gale / Sotheby's International Realty