Sandra Lee Spends Final Day in Home She Once Shared With Andrew Cuomo: 'I Cried and Cried'
Lee reportedly sold the home for $1.85 million, and will now live in California
Celebrity chef Sandra Lee has officially moved out of the lovingly decorated four-bedroom Colonial-style home she once shared with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In a post published to Instagram Monday, Lee shared a photo of the Westchester County, NY, home — named "Lily Pond" — along with a caption noting that it was her final day at the property.
"Today will be one of the saddest days of my life. Today is the day that I do the final move out from Lily Pond. I love that house and I have a personal relationship with every single room of that home," the caption read. "I hope the new owners take care of it as well as I did and I will love it forever. #thehousethatbuiltme"
In another Instagram post, Lee shared a different view of the exterior, recounting her final moments before she left Lily Pond.
"I stopped at the top of the hill where I planted one of 6 tree lines of evergreen trees and 200 daffodil bulbs —-I just looked at the house, I prayed the next owners would be kind to it and love it as I did—- I cried and cried," Lee wrote.
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Lee purchased the 1940 build in 2008, updating its design and incorporating her own family heirlooms, while maintaining the home's history by keeping the original brick floors, doorknobs and hardware.
According to a real estate listing on Estately, the roughly 4,000 square-foot home has four bedrooms but "lives like a six-bedroom home," with plenty of space in which to entertain, including three dining areas, a finished basement, home gym, and oversized kitchen.
Lee invited PEOPLE into the New York home in 2019, sharing all of the details that made it so special, such as copies of letters from the Founding Fathers on display in the dining room and a collection of china passed down from her grandmother.
"It smells like cookies and feels like heaven," Lee told PEOPLE of the residence in an April 2019 feature.
Though Lee owns the home, she shared it with Cuomo for a period during their 14-year relationship, which ended in September 2019.
The estate went on the market in May 2019 for $2 million, PEOPLE reported at the time. It sold in October 2020 for $1.85 million, according to Page Six.
"Over the recent past, we have realized that our lives have gone in different directions and our romantic relationship has turned into a deep friendship," the couple said in a statement.
Following the breakup, Lee began a move to California, purchasing a beachfront house in Malibu for $3.38 million.
The beach house is in addition to a $7 million Beverly Hills estate, which will reportedly serve as a home base for the star, according to the New York Post.