Renée Zellweger Sells Hamptons Mansion Above $4.45M Asking Price
Did Renée Zellweger’s star power have something to do with the speed of her latest real estate deal?
Zellweger, whose unrecognizable face was the talk of the Internet, has just sold her East Hampton beach manse at 30 Egypt Lane for well over its $4.45 million asking price less than a month after she listed it, several sources tell the Post.
This week, Reese Witherspoon told the Hollywood Reporter that the Internet critique of Zellweger was “horrible.”
“It’s cruel and rude and disrespectful,” Witherspoon said.
Zellweger hid her ownership of the East End property by filing documents stating that her famed photographer pal Bruce Weber was the owner even though he wasn’t.
However, once Zellweger was unmasked as the home’s true owner, a bidding war began. The closing was Friday — and sources say the price was a quarter of a million dollars over the asking price.
While Zellweger’s home is in the desired “south-of-the-highway” area and comes with a pool, it is a simple farmhouse that, although renovated, is a mere 2000 square feet.
“It’s not the house that’s so valuable — it’s the land. And her name doesn’t hurt either,” a real estate source told the Post.
The home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Zellweger bought it for $2.15 million in 2003. The listing broker was Douglas Elliman’s Linda Haugevik.
The buyer is Dr. Jeffrey Geller, an orthopedic surgeon and Leigh Geller, a former assistant district attorney for Manhattan.
Leigh Geller’s father is John S. Dyson, a former deputy mayor for finance and economic development from 1994 and 1996 who became chair of Mayor Giuliani’s council of economic advisors.
He is chairman of Millbrook Capital Management and a pioneer in the global wine industry, co-founding Millbrook Vineyards & Winery with his brother in law in 1981.
This story was originally published on Nov. 21, 2014, on NYPost.com.
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