Born in Michigan and raised in Southern California, Christie Brinkley says she was a “surfer girl” when she moved to France after high school to study art. She never knew then that she would become famous and own mansion after mansion. In 1973, celebrity photographer Errol Sawyer saw her in a Paris post office and connected her to the world of fashion modeling. With over 30 years as one of America’s favorite models, a record stint as the Cover Girl pitch woman and lucrative endorsement deals for beauty products, wine and fitness equipment, Christie Brinkley can afford to live wherever she wants. For the last fifteen years, she has made her home in the prime real estate market of the New York Hamptons.
Charmingly eclectic, the home is pure celebrity Christie – subtly sophisticated and at the same time whimsical. Christie is no stranger to owning enviable real estate where much of her wealth is involved. This knowledge speaks to how fabulous a mansion must be for her to live there for so long. However, as a new empty nester, it seems reasonable to downsize and begin to enjoy the next stage of her life.
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Named for the century-old observation tower that was built as part of the main house in 1891, Tower Hill is sited on more than 20 private open and wooded acres, the three-story traditional main house has four bedrooms and five baths, while the guest house and artist’s studio add another five bedrooms and seven baths totalling 11,000 square feet of living space. Amenities include a large country kitchen and family room, gym, office, four fireplaces, multiple stone terraces and a four-car heated garage. Grounds with rolling lawns, flower and organic vegetable gardens and walking trails also include a tennis court, pond and heated swimming pool. The property was totally restored in 1998 by Christie and her then husband – architect Peter Cook. Since the acreage is 200 feet above sea level, from the observation tower, Christie can see the Atlantic Ocean, the south shore of Connecticut, Gardiner’s Island, and the North Fork Peninsula.
Christie plans on moving to one of her smaller homes in the area as two of her children are now living in New York City and her youngest will be attending college there. She continues to model and is now producing her own wine, Bellissimo Prosecco, and a new line of Christie Brinkley skincare products.
Three-time Sports Illustrated cover girl Christie Brinkley is selling Tower Hill, her Bridgehampton mansion of 15 years. The estate is priced at $29.5 million.
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