Richard Gere is a successful actor who began his career in 1969. He rose to prominence in 1980 in the film ‘American Gigolo.’ He was a prolific actor during the 1980s and 1990s, during which time he was also considered a sex symbol. Some of his films during this period included ‘An Officer and a Gentleman,’ ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Primal Fear,’ ‘The Cotton Club,’ ‘Somersby,’ and ‘Runaway Bride.’ His success has continued since, and he has won multiple awards for his performances. For example, he won a Screen Guild Actors Award and a Golden Globe as part of the cast of the 2003 musical ‘Chicago,’ in which he portrayed Billy Flynn. He also won an Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award for his performance in the 2008 film ‘I’m Not There.’
Gere has been married three times. His first wife was model Cindy Crawford, to whom he was married from 1991 to 1995, says Wikipedia. He then married model and actress Carey Lowell in 2002. Lowell and Gere have one son together, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born in 2000. Unfortunately, the couple separated in 2013, and their divorce was finalized in 2016. Now, Gere is married to Alejandra Silva, a Spanish activist. They married in 2018, and their son, Alexander, was born in 2019. The couple’s second son was born in April 2020. Due to his success in the film industry, Richard Gere has become a rich man. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gere now has a net worth of $120 million. He has spent some of this money on properties. One such property was his stunning home in The Hamptons, which sold for the reduced price for $36 million.
An Overview of Richard Gere’s Home in The Hamptons
Richard Gere’s expansive estate in The Hamptons has a main property measuring 12-000 square feet along with two other properties, all of which sit in a plot of 6.3-acres. The main house is called Strongheart Manor, and it was built in 1902. Originally, the property was listed for $65 million in 2013. Gere then lowered the asking price a year later to $47 million, and then again to $36 million. It was only then that buyers began to take an interest in the property. Eventually, the property was sold for a lower price of $33 million in 2016. The buyer was television personality Matt Lauer, known as the host of ‘The Today Show’ on NBC.
Inside the Stunning Property
The interior of Richard Gere’s former home offers everything you would expect from a property of this grandeur owned by a man of Gere’s caliber. Both the decor and the fixtures and fittings are of the highest standard. Its style combines modern touches combined with period features to create a comfortable but impressive home. There are dark wood floors, and stone fireplaces feature in many of the property’s rooms throughout the property. One such room is the main living room, which has a mosaic stone fireplace as its main focal point. The comfortable sofas are arranged around the fireplace, and a coffee table sits centrally over a beige rug. The room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the gardens and throw light across the room.
In the kitchen, there are dark hardwood floors, a coved ceiling, and pendant lights. Two sides of the room feature white bottom units, while one side also has high units and tall cupboards. A Belfast sink sits below a window, so the homeowner can look out into the garden while doing the washing-up. On the other side of the kitchen, there is a large range and a double in-built oven. To the center of the wide galley kitchen is a large island. Not only does this provide additional countertop space and storage, but it also acts as an informal dining area as the countertop extends and has breakfast bar stools. The kitchen leads through to a dining area that has shelving in alcoves. There is plenty of space for a large family or to accommodate guests, as this humungous property boasts 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Each of the bathrooms has a modern suite, yet they have retained the property’s period charm.
The Exterior of Richard Gere’s Former Home
There are 6.3-acres of grounds surrounding Strongheart Manor, says Home Stratosphere. These include smart lawned areas that are surrounded by mature trees, which give the property a sense of privacy. The gardens lead out to the water’s edge, where the homeowner can sit enjoying the peaceful surroundings while watching the sunset over the water. A covered patio provides the perfect space for alfresco entertaining and dining, no matter what the weather. While the patio has a roof that protects those sitting outside from the rain, the sides are exposed to let in the sunshine. One of the main features of the patio is the large stone fireplace, which means that the homeowner and their guests can sit outside even on chilly evenings. Another fantastic feature of this house is the large swimming pool within the grounds. Unlike many homes with swimming pools that use them as a feature with which to show-off, the swimming pool at Richard Gere’s former home is hidden unobtrusively into the landscape.
Additional Properties on the Estate
Although the main house is extensive and has plenty of accommodation for friends and family, there are also additional properties on the grounds. There is both a large guest house and a waterside tea house. These properties were later additions to the state. The large, detached guest house has the same architecture as the main residence, and it offers spacious living and sleeping accommodation. Further from the main property is the romantic tea house that sits at the water’s edge. It is ideally positioned for enjoying the sunset.