After we reported exclusively that singer and makeup mogul Rihanna was house hunting on the East End, we can now reveal that she has signed a lease for a waterfront Hamptons house from mid-July to mid-August.
The summer rental in the hamlet of North Sea — near Southampton and Water Mill but on the bay side — cost $415,000 and comes with a $1 million security deposit. (Oh, it’s also where the Kardashians lived when filming “Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons” in the summer of 2014.) The one-month lease was arranged by Rihanna’s broker, Nest Seekers’ Dylan Eckardt, a former pro surfer turned real estate mogul known as the Prince of Montauk.
The five-bedroom, 6½-bathroom home, currently on the market for $10.99 million with Danielle Lise Desrochers of Douglas Elliman, is a roomy 8,900 square feet. Perched on a 2-acre peninsula, the mansion comes with a pool, an 85-foot private dock, a boat and Jet Skis.
“It checks every box,” Eckardt says. (An off-the-record Rihanna source denied the deal.)
We hear Rihanna, 32, is also looking at a home in Malibu, listed by Eckardt and Nest Seekers’ Shawn Elliott, for the rest of August and September.
The Southern California property is unofficially asking $26.5 million, down from its original $50 million asking price. A one-month rental there would be “hundreds of thousands of dollars” — and is still being negotiated, sources say.
A bicoastal broker to the stars, Eckardt regularly relocates East Enders — tired of being cooped up in luxury lockdown since March — to the West Coast (and vice versa). “My deals stem from the Hamptons to Hollywood, from Montauk to Malibu,” Eckhart tells Gimme Shelter.
As the coronavirus and racial justice protests continue affect cities across the US, Eckhart adds, expect more super rich buyers and renters to flee to the Hamptons this season for “the most boldface summer ever.”