Thursday, February 13, 2003

Piano Man coming to town?

Published in the Current

Rumors abound that Billy Joel has bought a house in Cape Elizabeth, but it appears to be just a lark.

“As far as I know, Billy Joel has not bought a house in Maine,” his publicist, Claire Mercuri of Columbia Records, told the Current.

The rumor has found its way to the schools, Town Hall, the police station, homes all over town and even the Sugarloaf ski area. But there is no record of any such deal in the property transfer records in the town assessor’s office (current through Dec. 31), or at the county’s registry of deeds (including deeds filed as recently as Feb. 7).

Police have not received any requests to keep an eye on any property that might be owned by the singer, according to Capt. Brent Sinclair.

Several houses are rumored to be the one Joel has purchased, including one for sale in Delano Park and two on Shore Road.

Frank Strout of Shore Road said the house next door to his was taken off the market several weeks ago, but he doesn’t know whether the house has been sold, or who the new neighbors might be.

“As long as he doesn’t play his piano too loud, I don’t mind,” Strout said of the prospect of Billy Joel living next door.