Celebrity chef Sandra Lee has officially left the New York home she shared with Governor Andrew Cuomo before their split last year.
Lee, 54, was seen moving the last pieces of furniture from the colonial-style four-bedroom home in Mount Kisco in Westchester County on Monday to make way for its new owners after the residence was sold in October for 1 , $ 85 million.
The former de facto New York First Lady revealed on Instagram that leaving the house, ironically located on Bittersweet Lane, was “one of the saddest days of my life.”
She bought the house in 2008 and lovingly called it “Lily Pond”. She said she had fond memories in every room of living with Cuomo, 63, and his three daughters for some time during their 14-year relationship before their split in September 2019.
“Today will be one of the saddest days of my life. Today is the day I make Lily Pond’s last move. I love this house and have a personal relationship with every room in this house. Hope the new owners take care of it as well as I do and I will love it forever. #thehousethatbuiltme, ”she wrote on Instagram.
Celebrity chef Sandra Lee, 54, officially left the Westchester County, New York home she shared with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo before their split last year on Monday. She was seen moving furniture in a U-Haul truck in the snow
Bittersweet goodbye: Lee revealed on Instagram that leaving the house on Bittersweet Lane she bought in 2008 was “one of the saddest days of my life”
“Today will be one of the saddest days of my life. Today is the day I make Lily Pond’s last move. I love this house and have a personal relationship with every room in this house. I hope the new owners take care of it as well as I do and I will love it forever. #thehousethatbuiltme, ”she wrote on Instagram
Lee purchased the white colonial-style house in 2008. The house was listed for sale in May 2019 for $ 2 million and was sold in October 2020 for $ 1.85 million.
Lee and Cuomo were together for 14 years before announcing their split in September 2019. Lee then moved to California and bought a beachfront home in Malibu for $ 3.38 million. Lee and Cuomo pictured together in April 2018
The expansive 4,000 square foot home features four bedrooms, three dining rooms, a finished basement, a home gym, and an oversized kitchen.
The house went on sale in May 2019 for $ 2 million and was sold in October 2020 for $ 1.85 million, according to Page Six.
In another Instagram post, she shared an exterior view of the house and said, “I took a walk outside of my beautiful house – I wanted to drink from all angles and remember the beautiful times that were spent. in every location. “
“I stopped at the top of the hill where I planted one of the six rows of evergreen trees and 200 daffodil bulbs – just looked at the house, I prayed the next owners would be kind to her and would love her like I did – I cried and cried, she added.
Lee said she took one last walk around the house and said goodbye to every room and “thanked each one for giving us love and shelter, a warm place to grow up and a real home to be happy.”
Lee and his brother Gene Lee pictured carrying chairs and other furniture out of the Bittersweet Lane home on Monday
Lee and his assistants worked in snowy weather to haul the last pieces of furniture out of the house and into a moving truck
Sprawling 4,000-square-foot home features four bedrooms, three dining rooms, a finished basement, home gym, and oversized kitchen
Lee opened up about her attachment to home on Instagram, saying she had memories in every room after living with Cuomo, 64, and her three daughters for some time during their 14-year relationship.
Lee said she took one last walk around the house and said goodbye to every room and “thanked each one for giving us love and shelter, a warm place to grow up and a real home to be happy”
When the house hit the market, rumors began to circulate that Cuomo and Lee had gone their separate ways.
They initially denied the rumors and instead pinned the downsizing on Cuomo’s three girls leaving the house.
The couple finally announced their separation in September of last year, saying, “In recent times we have realized that our lives have gone in different directions and our romantic relationship has turned into a deep friendship. “
Lee then moved to California and bought a beachfront home in Malibu for $ 3.38 million.
Despite the breakup, Cuomo and Lee still seem close.
In April, she told the New York Times that she and Cuomo still communicate almost every day, adding, “He’s still my guy. None of us, as far as I know, have had a date.
She said she watched Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefings and was doing her best to help even across the country.
“You know, nobody has a daily routine right now,” she says. “I get up and see what the latest news is. Of course, I watch Andrew live and then share my thoughts with him.
In another Instagram post on Monday, she shared an exterior view of the house and said, “I took a walk outside my beautiful house – I wanted to drink from all angles and remember the beautiful moments that have taken place. been spent in every place “
Family: Lee acted as a stepmother to her three daughters – Michaela, Cara and Mariah – from her previous marriage to Kerry Kennedy
Speaking about her relationship with Cuomo’s daughters, Michaela, Cara and Mariah, from her previous marriage to Kerry Kennedy, she said, “They are my family and they will always be my family. ”
“We share a house, we share children, we share friendships. I will protect him and be there for him until the end.
Lee rose to fame in the early 2000s as the host of “Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee” and went on to build a cookbook, magazine, and television empire.
She and Cuomo were introduced at a party in the Hamptons in 2005 by political adviser Alexandra Stanton, one of Lee’s best friends and Cuomo’s former assistant.
At the time, Cuomo, son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, had just emerged from a failed gubernatorial race and a very public and bitter divorce from Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
Lee also recently divorced KB Home CEO Bruce Karatz after four years of marriage.
With Lee in his corner, Cuomo bounced back and was elected New York’s attorney general in 2006. He was elected governor four years later in 2010 and has held the post ever since.
Cuomo was by Lee’s side when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy in 2015.