As far as we know, Jerry Seinfeld’s estate in East Hampton is not for sale. What’s the next best option? You can buy the house where one of the most famous “Seinfeld” episodes was filmed. Does “shrinkage” ring a bell?
To assist your memory bank: “The Hamptons” was the title of the 20th (and second to last) episode of the fifth season of the hit comedy series. It aired on May 12, 1994—yes, almost 23 years ago. Written by Peter Mehlman and Carol Leifer, it follows Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer to Amagansett, where they try to spend a relaxing weekend in the sun. Wandering the beach, Kramer stumbles upon a full lobster trap and takes the lobsters. George’s girlfriend causes a stir by sunbathing topless. While George is changing out of a bathing suit, Jerry’s girlfriend sees him naked. George tries to explain that cold water causes shrinkage and, “I was in the pool!” When George’s girlfriend is told about his mini-member, she leaves. Meanwhile, Elaine is all a-flutter because of the attentions of a local physician. Kramer is arrested for lobster poaching, and the other three have to leave him behind when they head back to the city because he is sentenced to pick up garbage on the side of the road. Got all that? If you want to get the house where the show was shot, it will cost you $8,750,000. In a previous incarnation, the dwelling at 45 Whalers Lane served as a U.S. Army bunker during World War II and after a renovation in 1993 and the famous “Seinfeld” episode it was a location in the feature film “Deep Impact,” about an asteroid strike that wipes Amagansett away, along with a zillion other places.
The house has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, fireplaces in the living room and sitting room, and a den, among the many appealing features. There is also a two-car garage. Set on 1.37 acres, the 4,000-square-foot residence enjoys 228 feet of sandy ocean beach right outside the front door. Oh, and as George found out to his chagrin, there is a pool. Guys, make sure the water isn’t chilly before taking a dip.