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.

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.


Class War on Affordable Housing


Will it come to this? What’s a non-billionaire to do?

“Most opponents would prefer the people who mow their lawns, cook their food and baby-sit their children live elsewhere,” East Hampton Housing Authority director Catherine Casey, who is behind the $18 million housing proposal, told the New York Post. “It’s not that they don’t want Latinos, it’s that they don’t want poor people.”

Gotta love that quote, featured in The Real Deal and sourced to an earlier New York Post story. This one is too good to not lead with.

I’m glad that the affordable house crisis continues to come to light, even if it’s controversial. Because really, what about the rest of us? Only in the Hamptons is the bottom of the real estate market set at $1 million and quality of life for working class renters is less attractive than it is in the city. For years it’s been heading this way but now it’s nearly impossible for a professional person making less than $100,000 to live in a decent place. Most everywhere else in the world, $100,000 is nothing to sneeze at. But here, well it gets you a pretty crummy apartment or couple of rooms in (usually in someone’s house, and frequently not up to code) for $2,000 a month. If you’re lucky enough to find someplace that cheap. And with a landlord that doesn’t want to kick you out during the summer months.

Here’s some additional recent coverage on the controversial subject, from CBS and from the New York Post. This story is picking up so much steam, it’s getting talked about in media I haven’t even heard of before now. Kudos to Curbed, who was there in the beginning, and for getting this most recent rental story ball rolling.




Sexy Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday

Tranquility by Tom Kochie. 11X17 Archival digital photo print on Hahnemuhle rag paper. 2010

“Tranquility” by Tom Kochie is included in the “Love & Passion” show opening tonight at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton.

In the mood for a little “Love & Passion?” Then head over to The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton and check out this sexy show, which is chock-full of East End artists and curated by Karyn Mannix and Andrea McCafferty. The exhibit opens tonight, Saturday, February 6, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and hangs through February 28. Artists include: Abby Abrams, Andrea Gordon, Angela Sinclaire, Ariana Landera, Bobbi Braun, Camille Perrottet, Robert Perez, Corinne Strauss, Diane Marxe, Donna Corvi, Elizabeth Malunowicz, Evan Zatti, Frank Sofo, Gerry Giliberti, Jane Umanoff, Jerry Schwabe, Joel Lefkowitz, Judy Clifford, Kristin Isle, Luciana Pampalone, Lutha Leahy-Miller, Mark Seidenfeld, Martha Mccaleer, Melissa Hin, Michele Dragonetti, Pam Foccarino, Rasa Valiene, Rosa Scott, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Steve Haweeli, Sue Zola, Thyra Hegelson, Ty Strousburg, Allen Parsons, Anne Brandeis, Barbara Bilotta, Beth O’Donnell, Claudia Ward, Cybele Kadagien, Daniel Dubinsky, June Kaplan, Kat O’Neill, Kathleen Bifulco, Lloyd Ziff, Mark Zimmerman, Mary Larson, Mike Reale, Pat Kochie, Ranelle Wolfe, Ruby Jackson, Setha Low, Sue Carlo, Ted Asnis, Tom Kochie, Holly Meeker Rom and Sally Breen.

Are you a football superfan? Then check out this Curbed featurette that maps where NFL coaches live here in the Hamptons. Included in the story are Woody Johnson (EH), Jonathan Tisch (BH) and Frank Mara (HB) from our New York teams, plus a couple of others.

Still stumped about what you’re going to serve during the big game? The Art of Eating Catering in Amagansett has some options at the ready for you.  The Super Bowl takeout menu includes a la carte items, such as: Kick Off Buffalo fried chicken wings, House made tortilla chips, Three cheese quesadillas, Flatbreads, Crispy Buttermilk Southern Fried Organic Chicken and more. Or opt for the Touchdown menu, which serves 10 people for $250, or the Sidelines fire for a more sophisticated take. The website is under construction so call (631) 267-2411 or email for the fastest response.

Hamptons ‘Billions’ Mansion Revealed


Good job to Curbed for uncovering the mystery of the palatial Hamptons estate featured on Showtime‘s biggest new hit, “Billions.”

The big house in question, according to Curbed, has turned out to be located at 1610 Meadow Lane in Southampton. Seen in the pilot episode, streaming now and officially premiering on Showtime on Sunday, January 17, the $63 million mega-mansion provides the impetus for what becomes a fight between good and evil (of sorts). In the first of the 12-episode series, hotshot hedge-funder Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, played by the brilliant Damian Lewis, is the billionaire CEO of AXE Capital who buys the pricey pad while being investigated for insider trading by US Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played perfectly by the amazing Paul Giamatti. The awesome Malin Åkerman and Maggie Siff also star.

The humongous 18,000-square-foot real house used on “Billions” is located on 9 acres in the uber prestigious neighborhood where David Koch, William Salomon, Calvin Klein, Aby Rosen, Ian Schrager, Henry Kravis and the like have plunked down lotsa cash for oceanfront housing. The estate at 1610 Meadow Lane, and its 411 feet of ocean frontage, is reported to be owned by Michael and Margie Loeb, who bought the property for $21 million in 2003 and tore down the house that had previously sat on it. That circa-1988 house, an 11,000-square-foot postmodern build, and land it sat on had been owned by Lana Wolkonsky, the daughter of the late Russian Prince André Gregorivich Wolkonsky.

Want to know what all the fuss is about? Here’s the “Billions” trailer.

The show was written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and New York Times editor/CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Here’s a previous Hamptons Party Girl post on “Billions.”

Sean Avery and Hilary Rhoda — Hamptons Love Affair

Sean Avery and Hilary Rhoda grace the cover of the latest issue of Hamptons magazine.

Sean Avery and Hilary Rhoda grace the cover of the latest issue of Hamptons magazine.

Former New York Ranger-turned Hamptons homebuilder/swimsuit designer Sean Avery and his lady love, model Hilary Rhoda are getting married at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill in the fall.

The two, who grace the cover of the latest Hamptons magazine, spend considerable time at their Southampton Village home. They have been engaged since November 2013 and are often seen out and about on the East End.

Curbed recently reported that Avery has snatched up a couple other properties in his Prospect Street neighborhood and is working on construction/remodels. The former pro hockey player—who has famously interned at Vogue, modeled, become a restaurateur and adman, and tested the waters as an actor—will be showcasing his eclectic taste, which tends toward modern, at the four investment properties.

Rendering of 52 Prospect Street.

Rendering of 52 Prospect Street.

In the Hamptons magazine piece, Avery says that they don’t need a wedding planner, that he could do the job himself in a couple of weeks and that the event would run smoothly. The lovebirds are also partners in their Solid & Striped swimsuit collection.

Here’s the Curbed story:

Here’s the Hamptons magazine story, written by Avery’s friend and fellow East Ender, Andy Cohen: