We don’t normally write about rentals, but we felt we had to post on the fascinating lead item in the New York Post’s fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil’s column today, about Mariah Carey ponying up to rent fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger’s contemporary estate on the ocean in East Hampton, N.Y. between Aug. 1 and Labor Day for the rich amount of $350,000.


Hilfiger hasn’t owned that estate for long. He paid $17 million through his Hampton Beach House LLC company in May 2006 to buy the 4,700-square-foot house, which is on 2 acres at 176 Further Lane in East Hampton, according to public records. He then put the house on the market several months later, just before we started blogging, for $24.5 million.


The five-bedroom manse that Hilfiger is renting out to Mariah has five and a half baths, a media room, an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace and an infinity edge pool, and 154 feet of beachfront, Keil reported. Other features include a private boardwalk leading to the water, a massage room, and a double-height living room, according to the Wall Street Journal, which published a fine write-up on Hilfiger’s listing back in October 2006. Hilfiger purchased the property from eyewear designer Robert Marc and William Roach, who paid $4,950,000 for the estate in February 2000, according to public records.

Carey continues to own a four-bedroom, 4-1/2 bath triplex penthouse in the Franklin Tower at 90 Franklin Street in Manhattan’s Tribeca area, which she purchased through her Franklin Views LLC company in mid-2000 for more than $9 million. That unit also has a 38-foot-long bathroom and a media room.