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Anderson Cooper didn’t have to shop around for his latest real estate purchase. The CNN host bought the home right next door to his Hamptons’ estate, according to the New York Post.

The 2.4-acre estate sits on Aspatuck Creek waterfront in the Quogue real estate market of eastern Long Island and comes with a  3,654-square-foot home with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 fireplaces and a Gunite pool and spa.

Although the property is prime for development, Cooper reportedly bought the property to keep it from being the site of a McMansion. The aerial photo above shows the proximity of the two homes, with Cooper’s first home being the one at the bottom of the photo.

Built in 1924, the estate’s last homeowner was Oscar-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg, whose great achievement was “On The Waterfront,” starring Marlon Brando, who uttered the famous lines: “I coulda been a contender. I could have been somebody. Instead of a bum, which is what I am.”

Schulberg passed away in the home in 2009 at age 95. The estate was placed on the market in 2010 for $2.95 million, according to property listings. The price was dropped to $2.45 million in August 2011 and then Cooper scooped it up for $1.7 million.

Cooper’s New York roots are deep — and storied. His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, spent some of her tumultuous childhood years on estates in Old Westbury. Later, the talented heiress — whose artwork led to a career in design, including her self-titled, swan-logo-ed jeans company — also owned her own place in Southampton, but was forced to sell it for tax purposes in 1980.

Now it’s Cooper, who eschewed his family’s pedigree to cover wars and disasters around the globe, who’s making a splash in the television world.

Best known for CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cooper is fast making the transition to the talk-show circuit with his show, “Anderson.” While he’s earned his stripes spanning the globe as a newscaster, Cooper is clearly committed to the New York area as a place to own property. He owns two apartments in Manhattan — reportedly, one is an old Greenwich Village firehouse.  He bought his original Quogue estate in 2003 for $1,150,000.

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