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Seinfeld Hits House Troubles

26 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is causing uproar with the extensive work he's doing on his sprawling estate in East Hampton, New York. Town officials say the funnyman is ignoring the law because he doesn't have the proper permits to complete renovations on the posh 10.5-acre home he bought from singer Billy Joel in 2000 for a whopping $32 million. Seinfeld has torn down large portions of the existing mansion, which Piano Man star Joel and his then-wife Christie Brinkley built in the 1980s. But East Hampton officials say that 15 per cent of the original house is still standing and that "a good portion" of it has illegally been removed. Seinfeld was only supposed to replace some rotting wood on a sun porch, a terrace and a roof deck. But he has instead redone most of the main house - of which only the original dining-room area and library remain - to include seven bedrooms, a playroom, a nursery, a dressing room and a den. Tom Preiato, who recently inspected the house, says, "They really shouldn't have gone that far." The oceanfront estate also includes a three-bedroom home, a five-bedroom guest cottage and a 22-car garage. Seinfeld has even joked that the pool in his backyard is so large, he practices kayaking in it. Officials say the comedian's permit only allows for two small additions to the first and second floors and that Seinfeld must get the necessary permits before they can issue him a certificate of occupancy. »

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