Chevy Chase, the actor, comic and longtime resident of a nearly 11-acre estate in Bedford Corners, is town approved to rent out a 600-square-foot refurbished red barn on his property.
He is marketing the small building for $1,800 a month, but so far no takers. It is listed on the Multiple Listing Service and is being handled by Douglas Elliman based in Bedford.
We wondered if the actor, and property owner Chase, has approval from the town of Bedford for accessory buildings on his spread. Turns out he does indeed have long-standing permits for two accessory buildings, which means he has local approval to rent them and possibly has done this before. An earlier real estate listing also marketed a 3-bedroom pool house building for $20,000 — but that was said to have been posted in error and pulled down within a day.
We still wonder why the 69-year-old star — known for his years on “Saturday Night Live,” hit movies like National Lampon’s Vacation and the NBC-TV show “Community” — is renting out this one modest-sized building on his property. But the annual take would be $21,600 a year, unless the renter negotiates a lower price.
It could be the annual property taxes on the estate, which are about $57,000 a year. Town officials this week confirmed that the hefty tax bill has been paid and there has never been an issue with unpaid taxes. His spread is valued at roughly $2.84 million, according to its town assessment. In 1995, he bought the residential property. He has made renovations at the site and it now consists of four buildings — a main house, a pool house, and two detached barn-like structures.
Franklin Haymson, the office manager of the listing agent, Douglas Elliman of Bedford, declined to offer any details on the rental offer when contacted Tuesday, adding that his client was unhappy with the attention.
Apparently, the two rental listings were widely circulated this week with help from a story on The Huffington Post and other websites.
Showings of the one bedroom, one-bath rental are by appointment only, and it is unclear whether Chase or his family will be living there during the rental period. So to be a part of Chevy Chase’s personal “community,” you’ll have to sign the lease.