Man Buys Foot-Wide Slice of Hamptons Beach for $120K
Yes, you read that right
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
Updated Sep 8, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
One man emerged victorious in the battle over a one-foot-wide slice of Hamptons beach.   (?)

(Newser) – And now, in bonkers purchases: Not only did a man pony up $120,000 for a one-foot-wide slice of beach in East Hampton, he secured his tony property after an intense bidding war with another Manhattan financier. Even Suffolk County, which acquired the land a decade ago, was floored. It offered the 1,885-long sliver (which runs from Montauk Highway to the ocean) to the six people whose land touches it, for $10. Two of them, Marc Helie and Kyle Cruz, really wanted it. After 34 bids, Helie emerged the victor, Newsday reports.

The auction took place May 30, but the bid wasn't publicized until last week. What Helie gets, per Newsday: "narrow slivers of property on both the east and west sides of Cruz, who would have to walk on Helie's property to reach the ocean beach a few hundred feet away." No word on whether a public easement is in effect, but the county's property manager heard from those at the auction that "one guy really did not want the other one walking over his property to the water." Quips Josh Duboff for Vanity Fair, "If we were Bravo, we would get cameras down to this beach ASAP." (It's not the only unusual real estate deal to happen recently in the area: An NYC townhouse recently sold for $3.25 million—and it's pretty darn narrow, too.)

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Sep 9, 2013 10:31 PM CDT
Remember the movie, "Summer Rental" with John Candy where they were in their beachfront rental home and they look out the dinning room window to see hundreds of people walking by and looking into their home. We had that happen on a rental in Fort Walton Beach one summer. The problem was that it was after the real estate crash and that's why we got the property for $300 a week. The other properties were fenced off and boarded up. There were dozens of 40-story condos up for auction. People were using our sidewalk to get to the beach near our rental. I wound up parking in a way that made it difficult for them to see the opening through the fence. It slowed it down a lot.
Sep 9, 2013 12:25 PM CDT
So just jump the 1 foot gap. "not touching it, not touching it!!"
Sep 9, 2013 3:41 AM CDT
He just wants a place to suntan and wash his incredibly long BMOC.