Just because real-estate reports coming out of the Hamptons have been gloomy doesn’t mean celebrities have abandoned it. British actress Emily Mortimer and her husband, Alessandro Nivola, have bought a four-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath vintage farmhouse in Amagansett. Mortimer, soon to be seen in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, and Nivola, who’s co-starring in the Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl, paid a modest $980,000 for it. (They also own in Brooklyn.) It sits a half-mile away from the beach.
Back in the city, it appears that earlier reports of the former talk-show host (and, lately, New York Times blogger) Dick Cavett’s house-hunting are on the mark. According to city records, he has just closed on a big three-bedroom, two-bath co-op on Central Park West, and managed to swing a decent discount. The apartment, originally priced at $4.595 million, went for $4.2 million.