Here at Curbed NY, we typically only cover real estate within New York City’s five boroughs—but when the property in question was once the home of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, we’ll make an exception.
The Mt. Kisco home that Cuomo shares with TV personality Sandra Lee, known informally as “Lily Pond,” first hit the market back in May (amid rumors of the couple’s breakup) for $2.3 million, a price that some brokers speculated was too high for the area. And it seems they’ve been proven right: This week, the sprawling property has gotten a price cut, and is now asking $1.7 million.
The reason for leaving? “We don’t need the house,” Lee told the New York Times back in May. Cuomo’s three daughters are now grown, and the couple will split their time between New York City, the Hamptons, and the governor’s mansion in Albany.
When it first hit the market, a broker who’d seen the place told the New York Post that “it needs a lot of work on the inside,” and indeed, the house has a very particular look. If you’ve ever seen Lee’s old Food Network show, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, you will recognize it immediately; it’s like one of her epic, infamous tablescapes writ large. Everything is in neutral shades of white, tan, or cream. Flowers are everywhere, including in the bathroom and a chintzy dressing room. There are so many drapes. (There’s also a “walk-in holiday closet,” a very Lee sort of detail.)
There is one room, though, that clearly served as Cuomo’s makeshift man cave, with some of the decor choices you’d expect from a laid-back, cool dude in a loose mood: a huge poster of Jim Morrison’s mugshot, a wall decorated with hubcaps (Cuomo loves his vintage cars), a mirrored wall, and a signed football.
The house itself is a 1950s Colonial with four bedrooms, set on three acres that have been nicely landscaped; there’s a pond, a gazebo, and even a waterfall. The backyard has a fire pit and stone terrace, and the property is surrounded by a picket fence and shrubbery.
The Cuomo-Lee home at 4 Bittersweet Lane (yes, that’s the address) is listed with Harriet Lebov of Houlihan Lawrence.