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Jan 25, 2018 10:27 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

'Seinfeld' House Sells After Price Shrinkage

45 Whalers Lane, Amagansett. COURTESY CORCORAN
Jan 29, 2018 10:04 AM

Okay, cue the “shrinkage” jokes. The New York Post has certainly had fun with them. According to its website, the Amagansett house that was once featured in an episode of “Seinfeld” recently sold for $5,725,000—and the original ask was $8,750,000. Let’s hope the seller isn’t named George!

In a 1994 episode of the top-rated comedy, the oceanfront home was used in an episode titled “The Hamptons” to represent a manse where Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer spent a summer weekend with friends. The gang finds that the homeowners have an “ugly baby.” It could have been worse—at least a killer asteroid wasn’t on the way, as was the case in “Deep Impact,” starring Morgan Freeman and Téa Leoni, and the same house was a target. But let’s face it, the “Seinfeld” episode is what matters.

It aired on May 12, 1994—yes, almost 24 years ago, baby boomers. 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.

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, 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.

No worries if George Costanza or anyone else uses the pool these days—it’s heated.

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