If there’s one thing that sets “The Real Housewives of New York City” apart from other reality TV stars, it’s their real estate portfolios. From Sonja Morgan‘s swanky Upper East Side townhouse to Dorinda Medley‘s mansion in the Berkshires, the homes on “RHONY” are just as memorable as the ladies who live in ’em.
So it’s fitting that some of the long-running reality show’s most unforgettable feuds and drama-filled moments have involved the ladies’ homes.
On Wednesday night we say adios to the 10th (and arguably best!) season of “RHONY.” The finale may be upon us, but many of this year’s frequent rumbles regarding real estate were never fully settled.
And that’s where we come in!
Below, we dive head first into three of the heated house-based squabbles that played out on-screen. We tried our darnedest to get to the bottom of it all, but as any “Real Housewives” fan knows, a final answer always requires receipts. Which we don’t have … yet.
Is Bethenny Frankel’s Hamptons house really south of the highway?
Last year, Bethenny Frankel purchased a century-old house on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton with the intention of flipping it. On the Season 10 premiere, she spilled the deets of her new project to the other housewives during Medley’s Halloween party.
Clearly disturbed about the Hampton home’s location, Frankel’s frenemy Ramona Singer immediately piped up.
Frankel insists her property is “technically south of the highway,” but Singer disagrees. “Being on the highway is not south of the highway … it’s just not,” Singer insists.
Sure, it’s a vapid argument. But such squabbles are the coin of the realm for the “Real Housewives” franchise. So who’s right?
The verdict: We sorta hate to say it, but Singer’s correct.
Ask anyone who’s familiar with Hamptons real estate and they’ll tell you that Frankel’s house is not south of the highway.
When it comes to Hamptons real estate, south of the highway is best, north of the highway is second best, and on the highway is a distant third.
Why? It’s the location, silly.
“Pollution, noise, it’s hard to turn into driveways,” says Lenz. “Everybody knows that if you’re on the highway just past Topping Rose [house], it’s a terrible location.”
Is Sonja Morgan’s $32K-a-month townhouse priced too high?
This season, viewers became very familiar with Morgan’s five-bed, 5.5-bath, 4,600-square-foot Upper East Side townhouse. Let’s all observe a moment of silence for the broken sink in the downstairs bathroom.
Her property has luxe bells and whistles: an elevator, a 1,600-square-foot garden, four fireplaces, and a chef’s kitchen. But the 119-year-old home needed a heavy dose of TLC to show it to prospective tenants, so Morgan enlisted broker Kristi Ambrosetti to determine what needed to be fixed and help her find a renter.
They agreed that $32,000 a month would be a fitting price once the updates—which include fixing various cracks, peeling paint, and the aforementioned sink—were complete.
Props to the toaster oven queen for standing her ground, but two questions remain: Is Morgan’s townhouse really worth $32,000 a month? And did she find a renter?
The verdict: When it comes to the townhouse’s value, Ryan Serhant of “Million Dollar Listing New York” says the monthly rent is in the ballpark for the area, although he would have priced it at $30,000 a month.
Lenz, on the other hand, thinks Morgan could have gone higher.
“It’s an amazing house where you could hold a big dinner party—just pristine, livable, grand rooms, with a really phenomenal garden,” she says. “It’s a home for an elderly, wealthy woman, and I mean that in the best way.”
Did the perfect renter—elderly or otherwise—ever come along? According to public records, the house is no longer being offered for rent, which could mean it’s currently occupied (the brokerage couldn’t be reached for comment).
Is Ramona Singer’s all-white Hamptons home renovation déclassé?
Frankel wasn’t the only cast member to take on a massive renovation. Singer fixed up her six-bedroom Southampton manse—the first major overhaul she’d done on the place in 23 years. Singer referred to it as her “life project.”
In Episode 18, Singer invited some of the cast members over for a big reveal. Expectations were high, but it was Luann de Lesseps (aka the countess) who shared her honest opinions on Singer’s style. Or is it lack thereof?
During the house tour, the countess counted a bunch of bum notes. “Not a flower in the house. Not even a Chia Pet,” the countess said with a sigh.
“No warmth, no charm, no character” was her harsh verdict.
The verdict: Singer’s home is part of Pheasant Close, an area Hamptons insiders refer to as “the Birdcage.” The nickname is a dis directed at the fairly new homes built in the past two decades.
“‘Development’ is a very negative word in the Hamptons,” Lenz says.
But if you don’t want to listen to Lenz, the house is currently for rent for $165,000 a month.
The home does have a few features that shine, however. We’re particularly in love with the tennis court, a much-desired Hamptons amenity.
If Singer’s goal is to rent out the house, it makes some sense to keep the design flourishes to a minimum and opt for neutral decor. And sure, the kitchen island may look a bit funereal to some, but just imagine how many bottles of pinot grigio you can fit on it during a Labor Day weekend party?
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