Who Needs a House Out in Hackensack?
His piano’s ostensibly parked in the West Village townhouse he bought last fall for $5.9 million from artist and J&J heir Seward Johnson, and yet Billy Joel and his new wife, Katie Lee, are still providing grist for the real-estate rumor mill with his continued house-hunting. Sources say he’s been spotted from the Brooklyn Heights promenade, hanging out on the balcony of the Columbia Heights mansion whose owner tried to get a buyer for $20 million last year. (The owner’s new brokers, Corcoran’s Deanna Kory and Karen Kelley, have dropped the price tag to a more realistic, if still dizzying, $12.9 million.) It’s the same house that Liv Tyler was rumored to have checked out a few months back as well. A virtual tour of the place gives a hint of why it’s such a celebrity magnet: twelve rooms, 8,000 square feet of space on five floors, and views of both the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. Kory could not be reached, and Kelley declined to discuss the listing.