Although we haven’t written much about entertainment mogul Tommy Mottola in this blog, in our previous life, while writing the Upper Bracket column in the Chicago Tribune from 1998 to 2004, we wrote plenty about the 57-year-old ex-husband of Mariah Carey, since he’s always making news for buying and selling real estate. It’s hard to stay on top of all the buying and selling that Mottola does—or, to take seriously any one purchase, listing or sale of his.
So, while we read with tremendous interest the New York Post’s fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil’s report yesterday about Mottola listing his house in North Salem, N.Y. for $19.5 million, we’d also note that Mottola, like Ellen DeGeneres (who recently listed something in the Hollywood Hills), has been something of a fixture in celebrity real estate columns over the years. In fact, databases show that yesterday’s column was fully the 37th time that Keil has written about a transaction involving Mottola.
As for Mottola’s custom-built, 15-room residence in North Salem, which was completed last year and which briefly was listed last year for $21 million, it was decorated, Keil reported, by designer Linda Bedell and has five bedrooms, six full baths and three half baths, according to listing information. Features in the 10,600-square-foot house include views from the Hudson Valley to the Catskills and the Berkshire mountains, antique wood flooring, custom doors made from 200-year-old thrashing-board stalls, natural stonework, floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings with hand-hewn beams, a gourmet kitchen, a great room with two fireplaces, a gym, a sauna, multiple porches, and his-and-hers master baths. Outside are an infinity-edge pool, a guesthouse/caretaker’s quarters with studio, a hilltop gazebo, and an outdoor dining terrace and fire pit.
The 11.9-acre property consists of three parcels and therefore has three addresses: 2 Hilltop Drive (4.17 acres), 6 Hilltop Drive (1.61 acres) and 168 Keeler Lane (6.12 acres), according to public records.
If the town name of North Salem sounds familiar, that’s because David Letterman has an estate in the small Westchester County community, as do Paul Newman, actor Stanley Tucci and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.