Sandra Lee is ready to return to New York — and she even wants her old house back.
The former first girlfriend is angling to buy back the home she shared with her then-boyfriend, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But we’re told the Westchester home, dubbed Lily Pond, more resembles Grey Gardens.
Lee returned to the property last week with broker Greg Schriefer, according to People.
Sources told us she left sobbing.
“The house [was] an absolute mess. The landscaping is in ruins. The Christmas tree was still up,” a source told Page Six.
Schriefer told us Lee was “visibly shaken” when she left.
“I saw tears in her eyes. She was upset. She put her heart and soul into that property and it’s lost all of its beauty,” he said.
Lee was in the area house-hunting with Schriefer, who helped her sell Lily Pond.
They looked at about 12 homes and decided to visit her previous abode — despite it not being on the market. We’re told it’s not uncommon for Lee to inquire about purchasing homes if she’s interested in a property.
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But “she was overwhelmed by how unkempt and how fast [Lily Pond] declined in a matter of three years… overgrown with weeds, trees are in shambles,” the source said.
Schriefer told us cattails were taking over the pond. Still, “she would at some point like to get it back if they’re interested in selling,” he said. “She loves fixing up homes.”
Ironically, a broker told The Post the property needed “a lot of work on the inside” when Lee and Cuomo put it on the market in 2019.
Schriefer denied that: “Whoever [that broker] was, they were wrong. It was in very good shape when we sold it. It was pristine and furnished beautifully.” He added, “It was her baby.”
The “Semi-Homemade” food mogul tearfully sold her home in 2020, and moved out West to care for her uncle, who was battling cancer.
He recently passed, and Lee is prepping to move back East. Rumor has it she’s working on several new projects, including a TV show going into production this summer.