Real Estate News — Hit Your Hallelujah


It’s impossible to resist posting this catchy song and video, given the news this past week that music man extraordinaire Mark Ronson (who has produced “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars and many other huge hits, including all those amazing Amy Winehouse songs on “Back to Black”) has sold his super chill Amagansett beach house. The New York Post broke the news, and then lots of outlets followed. I’m partial to the latest, just posted on 27 East. Thanks Tom Clavin for that awesome kicker!

Other East End real estate dealings that have caught my eye of late include a house by Guggenheim kiosk architect Andre Kikoski with a glass pool, featured here on Curbed (amazing!!!!), and the opportunity to rent a gorgeous North Sea home that just happened to be featured heavily on everyone’s favorite family show on E. Here’s the NY Observer story on the Hamptons house of Kardashian.

Hamptons Happenings: February 7 & 8


Need to speak your piece to local government about The Hills high-end resort being proposed in here in the Hamptons? Tonight is the night for the fourth and final public meeting on the East Quogue-based project. The gathering to discuss Discovery Land Company’s bid to build a luxury resort–complete with 118 homes, a golf course and country club–will be held at Southampton Town Hall, starting at 6 p.m. 


Those interested in food, farming and fascinating conversation should head to Almond’s in Bridgehampton this evening at 7 p.m. for Artists & Writers Night featuring Scott and Megan Chaskey of the Peconic Land Trust and the healing arts. The night will feature family style three-course menu created by executive chef Jason Weiner. The cost is $45, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer and gratuity, tax is not included. Reservations are required.

noyac-candle-jpgOr head over to c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton for Ladies Night at the Maidstone from 6 to 8 p.m.  The evening will include socializing, shopping and happy hour discounts. Confirmed vendors include: HAMPTONS Handpoured (which makes my very favorite candle in the world), Stella & DotRodan + Fields , Sea Glass & SunsetsJustine Moody Designs, Rustic Lady Bug, LuLaRoe, VELO2 Cute Designs
and Chloe + Isabel by Patrena.


Speaking of ladies and shopping, Sophie Kinsella of “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series fame has written a new book called “My (Not So) Perfect Life” and it’s really terrific. I got my copy last week and ripped through it! On bookshelves starting today, the British author is making a few rare American appearances and kicking off a mini tour here in the U.S. starting with a signing up in White Plains tonight. Get your tickets here. Can’t make it up to Westchester? That’s okay. She’s also doing a live chat on Facebook with USA Today at 1 p.m.  My favorite of all her books, this standalone novel is part love story, part workplace comedy, and part witty critique on the judgments we all make in a social media-obsessed culture. If it were summer I’d say it’s the perfect beach read.

helen-simonson-credit-nina-subinCloser to home, bestselling author (and Brit-turned-Brooklynite) Helen Simonson kicks off the Spring Writers Speak Wednesdays Series at Stony Brook Southampton tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Ms. Simonson’s talk will include her experiences earning her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton; turning her thesis into her big debut novel, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” which was a New York Times bestseller; and her latest novel, “The Summer Before the War,” which came out last year.


Is Everybody Heading for the Hills Hearing?

Due to intense interest and growing crowd sizes, the Town of Southampton has issued a change of venue for the third public hearing of “The Hills” development by Discovery Land.

According to information shared by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s office, the public hearing  will now take place at the East Quogue Elementary School on Tuesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. instead of at Southampton Town Hall.  “The Hills at Southampton” is a proposed mixed use planned development district to develop 168 acres with 118 residential units and a golf and country club.

New Life for Zombie Houses


Who remembers this old house, now gone, in Southampton?  Dawn Watson photo.

The Town of Southampton announced on Friday that it  will receive a $175,000 grant from New York State to help remedy vacant and abandoned properties, aka “zombie houses.”

The money comes from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, through the New York State Housing Stabilization Fund. The funds won’t be used to clean up “Walking Dead” type messes (did you SEE last night’s very sad season opener??? Yikes!), but will rather  go toward establishing a proactive, sustainable program for prevention and remediation of vacant, blighted and abandoned properties.

Here’s how:

* Creating a database of “zombie,” properties by reviewing existing information services and inspecting properties, and share information with governmental and nonprofit partners for the purpose of returning the properties to productive use.

* Implementing grassroots outreach to connect property owners with foreclosure prevention programs NYS-HOPP and NYS-MAP.

* Training municipal officials to explore strategies, tools and best practices for addressing vacant and abandoned properties.

* Adding a part-time code enforcement staff member to focus on property maintenance issues.

“We want to get to the root of the problem and prevent “zombie” homes from popping up in our neighborhoods,” says Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We believe we can stop it before it happens by identifying potential properties before they are either abandoned or go into foreclosure. We want to help people stay in their homes and connect them to services that will do just that.”

Southampton is one of 16 communities on Long Island that will receive a total of $3.3 million in state grants to help reduce the number of Zombie homes on Long Island.

Southampton Town Buys the Farm


Not the Densieski Farm, but pretty nonetheless.

Straight from the Supe’s office:

The Town of Southampton has purchased the development rights to 86 acres of the Densieski Farm in East Quogue for $5.4 million, through the Community Preservation Fund. Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and the Town Board held a news xonference on Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. to announce the transfer. The 86 acres are split by Lewis Road and CR 104.

The Densieski family, which has been farming the land for 90 years, retains the development rights for 6 acres of the property. The current owner also farms the adjacent 150-plus acres of protected farmland. That helps complete the largest block of protected farmland west of the canal.

“By protecting this beautiful farm, we make sure farming remains an important part of our community for this and for future generations,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “It’s what the Community Preservation Fund was created to do.”

“This purchase helps support locally produced foods, which could reduce the trucking costs, that reduce carbon emissions, that in turn helps our environment,” said Councilwoman Julie Lofstad.

The Community Preservation Fund was established in 1999 and comes from the 2 percent real estate transfer tax. To date the Town of Southampton has spent over $565-million in land preservation.


Hot Hamptons Scoop

Hungry for scoop on Hamptons taboo art, celebrity real estate and places where you might want to get immunized before you visit? Then enjoy this post and Happy July 4!

I didn’t make it to the Gallery Valentine opening of unauthorized Peter Beard works yesterday (too busy lazing around and hitting a fuzzy green ball back and forth) but I’m oh so curious to see how it went. The East Hampton art spot (formerly co-owned by Tommy Mottola and now by Ryan Ross and Todd Kramer) was set to throw a big private shindig showing yesterday afternoon and early evening in collaboration with JetSmarter and Talent Resources of model Natalie White’s collection of Beard’s work featuring subjects such as Pamela Anderson, Hannah Davis, Chanel Iman, Nina Agdal, Helena Christensen and Alexandra Richards. The 25 controversial pieces and the show surrounding them have been in the news quite a bit of late as there’s been some serious legal wrangling over whether or not the show should mount. Hoping for pix from the opening, which I’ll share if I get. Hungry for more of Beard’s work? Down the street, Guild Hall’s authorized exhibition, “Last Word From Paradise,” is on view through July 31.

Matt Lauer gets things DONE when it comes to real estate. His purchase of Richard Gere’s former Strongheart Manor in North Haven for somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million in June has been widely reported. And now the Today show anchor’s Scotts Landing Road on Wooley Pond has hit the market for $3.9 million. I highly doubt that one will last very long.

Ivan Wilzig has also reportedly listed his estate at 400 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, though I think that one might need some FEMA-worthy scrub downs before showings considering all the shenanigans that have gone on there. The house, recent host to a Killing Kittens polyamorous event (reported by Curbed waaaaay before everyone else), is listed for $6.5 million.


Photos from Holiday House Hamptons


Photo of 100 Crescent Avenue in Water Mill by Skytography

Photo Gallery Week didn’t break the actual internet but it nearly broke mine. Thank goodness I’m back up and running!

I was fortunate enough to attend the Holiday House Hamptons White Party on Saturday night. What fun it was! The event, hosted by Iris Dankner to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and HC&G, was held at 100 Crescent Avenue in Water Mill — the only residential rooftop tennis on the entire East End. Better yet, the super cool modern and the property it sits on is for sale! 


Holiday House Hamptons is located at 100 Crescent Avenue in Water Mill and will be open for viewing five days a week through July 26. Proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.  The property is represented by Linda Haugevik of Douglas Elliman.