Filmmaker Ryan Murphy — once dubbed the most powerful man in television and known as “the king of TV” — is the secret buyer of Richard Gere’s Westchester estate, Gimme Shelter can exclusively reveal.
Gere’s Pound Ridge compound first hit the market last year for $28 million.
Murphy, who did not return calls at press time, paid $24.15 million for the property.
Ginnel Real Estate, which repped the buyer and the seller, declined to comment.
An Emmy and Tony Award winner, Murphy has created shows like “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck” and “The Politician,” as well as a series on the assassination of Gianni Versace. His films include “Eat Pray Love.”
The 49-acre estate is anchored by a three-story, 11,658-square-foot Colonial mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
Details include a library, a sun room, a breakfast room, a chef’s country kitchen and a formal living room with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace — along with a deck that overlooks a private lake with a sandy beach and an island to row out to.
The property also boasts guest houses, stables and lots of hills for horseback riding, along with a hidden soccer field, a pool and a pool house.
Gere bought the first parcel in the assemblage for $1.51 million back in 1986. Just 50 miles from New York City, the property is buffered by more than 4,300 acres of protected land for extreme privacy.
Murphy’s purchase is another example of how this horsey country around Bedford, New York — long home to Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and George Soros — is becoming a sort of Hollywood East. Matt Damon recently bought in the area, as Gimme exclusively reported, as well as Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, and Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.
Gere, who was the original “American Gigolo” and “Pretty Woman” star — has since bought Paul Simon and Edie Brickell’s estate in Connecticut for $10.8 million. (That’s far less what Simon and Brickell paid for the property — $16.5 million — in 2002.)