Archive for November, 2008

Preservation of the Jamesport Community House

Thursday, November 20th, 2008


Congratulations to the Town of Riverhead. The oldest building in the Town has been preserved. The Community House which was built in 1731, when the community came together to build it, has been for sale for 2 years. The community came together once again, to form The Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust.  The members of the trust loaned enough money to purchase the building. Thank you to all those generous people in preserving such a wonderful place!

“Homes” For The Holidays – Creating Hampton’s Cheer

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Summer is not the only season out here in the Hamptons,.  The holidays bring with them the perfect opportunity to spend time enoying the slower pace of what we know of as "the off season."  What many of us have found is that the summer season, has now extended well into October merging gracefully with the "off season" and the holidays which many choose to spend at their vacation homes, near the beach.  Here are some examples of holiday decorating "Hamptons", style!

   Perhaps you prefer a traditional, holiday, theme of red and green, framed by white, the signature colors of this homey space,  which draws extra charm from a coffered ceiling and fireplace of local stone.  Displaying a tabletop tree on the mantel adds to the holiday atmosphere. 

          Perhaps you’d prefer to keep things classy and simple with low-key color accents – gold and green pop in a neutral room without being overwhelming.  What a pleasant room to relax in with the ocean waves, breaking right outside the door!  

          Last, and certainly not least is this charming and casual decor which lends itself to just snuggling up by the fire and reading a good book in front of a crackling fire.  Whatever your taste, a country home, is just the perfect place to unwind and simply enjoy life, even if just for a little while.                                                                                                


New Beginnings In Southampton

Friday, November 14th, 2008

On Friday, November 7th  Town & Country Real Estate opened its 7th office right in the heart of Southampton Village. Judi Desiderio, Janet Hummel and Nancy McGann (managing partner of the Southampton office) greeted 200 guests to their new office. The enthusiasm was high  with everyone enjoying the time to celebrate the new beginning. Friends, agents, mortgage brokers, attorneys all came to wish Town & Country luck as we expand in one of the toughest markets we’ve seen in 27 years.


With the unprecedented times upon us, we at Town & Country are facing the unknown with optimism and rolling up our sleeves to work hard to help property owners sell their properties. Smaller firms servicing key locations always operate on a more personal level and that is our mantra – happy customers and clients make happy agents and happy agent make happy home sellers and buyers. We thank everyone for sharing in our energy and excitement and look forward to working together going forward.



Why Didn’t MY House In The Hamptons Rent?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

As Manager for Town & Country Real Estate in Westhampton Beach, I often have occasion to speak with homeowners regarding their homes for rent, and quite often get questions about that special vacation beach house, that just didn’t rent last summer.  I queried the real estate agents, in my office for some of their tips and here are some suggestions:

Joan Duval, suggested remembering to keep things light, bright and white.  An uncluttered, sense of open space is very inviting for those wishing to just come to the beach, or the country, to simply relax.  Here’s an example of what she means:

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Note that the room is very light filled, bright and furnished but minimally so with no clutter or distractions.  This makes a very enticing presentation when showing this particular house for rent, here is another example of the idea of light, bright, and white:

While both of these homes are spacious beach houses, Donna Andersen, of our Westhampton Beach office commented that it is also possible to create a sense of order and create a welcoming presence even in smaller homes, which have decidedly smaller spaces, by applying the light, bright, and white principle.  As shown in the next photo, though the area is smaller, there is a charming and inviting essence about the room, which is tidy and orderly with a minimal of furnishings. 

Thanks for checking in at our blog and be sure to come back weekly to get more tips and hear about some of the comings and goings here in Westhampton Beach.


Monday, November 3rd, 2008

This October on the North Fork was spectacular.  The fall folliage was in full bloom and the people came from all over to enjoy our farms, farmstands and wineries.  There were festivals every week-end as well as pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides and corn mazes.  The farmstands are still full of all of our fall vegetables as well as delicious fruit pies for the coming holiday season.  It is still the perfect time to come out to the North Fork and experience what those of us who live here are fortunate enough to enjoy all year long!!