Archive for November, 2015

Gracious Thanksgiving: Top 4 Hamptons & North Fork Kitchens

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Southampton Kitchen

Thanksgiving is truly a special day that kicks off the holiday entertaining season. It is a time to celebrate family and friends while focusing on being thankful and generous to others. Nothing says Thanksgiving more than friends and family gathered around a decadent table laden with roasted turkey, savory stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course, pumpkin pie. Those familiar with hosting a holiday dinner know that there is a great deal preparation to prepare for a lavish meal. A key ingredient for successful holiday entertaining is a well-planned kitchen.  Just like in real estate, location is everything be it a house on the water or the Viking range and Sub Zero refrigerator.  These are some of our favorite spots to whip up something delicious and toast the season here in the Hamptons and across the North Fork of Long Island.

East Hampton KitchenIn Southampton this stately home has that understated elegance you’d expect in the Hamptons.  Located close to both the town and beach, this home is ideal for stylish entertaining. The gracious open kitchen is adorned with the world's finest appliances from Sub-Zero and Miele.  The adjoining breakfast room is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling sliding French doors that let in the light just perfectly.  For details contact Robert Tomich, Town & Country Real Estate, Southampton Office, 631-283-5800, IN#36553.

The natural light and white cabinets are chic and sophisticated in this East Hampton kitchen. State of the art stainless steel appliances and a double refrigerator that can hold everything you need for a large holiday dinner are why it is a stand out. The center island is a perfect spot for entertaining while cooking up a scrumptious meal. A key ingredient in any great kitchen is having enough work space and ample storage, this kitchen has it all and more.  For details contact Pamela Walsh, Town & Country Real Estate, Bridgehampton, 631-537-3200, IN#16713.

Quiogue KitchenThis quaint eat-in-kitchen in Quiogue uses its space wisely. A bookcase located on the end of the counter top is perfect for quick access to those favorite holiday recipes and cookbooks. Plenty of cabinets below the counter hide pots and pans while glass cabinets showcase favorite items and create an open feel.  This room flows gracefully in a circular shape with two sinks and extended stovetop, the possibilities are endless. The crown molding and cabinetry in this French Country kitchen lend elegant detailing.   For details contact Christine M. Byrne, Town & Country Real Estate, Westhampton, 631-288-3030, IN#35922.

Who doesn’t love a new kitchen? 

East Hampton Kitchen We found a perfect spot to prep and entertain in this new construction in East Hampton.  The eat-in gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line Wolf range has a large center island ideal for hosting a holiday.  Bring up a few bottles from the wine cellar and transform the island into a chic bar for cocktails.  Two fireplaces and 5 bedrooms, as well as a finished lower level, mean there is room for quite the gathering.  For details contact Tracy Annacone, Town & Country Real Estate, East Hampton Office, 631-324-8080, IN#50443

When the cook is happy that same love and gratitude is reflected in the food and the mood and that truly what Thanksgiving is about. We appreciate these gorgeous kitchens that are overflowing with charm and chic style.  From everyone at Town & Country Real Estate we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

East Hampton Open House & Anne Raymond Art Opening

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

East Hampton, Rolling Woods Lane, Swimming Pool and Exterior

Art, wine, and real estate are three pillars of the Hamptons culture.  Join us this Saturday, November 21st from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., as Town & Country Real Estate presents a very special, exclusive open house in the North West Harbor area of East Hampton at the home and studio of artist Anne Raymond.

East Hampton, Rolling Woods Lane, Formal Living RoomThe unique event will showcase the works of Raymond, whose work resides the in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas to name but a few.  Best known for her vibrant oil works that reflect the exquisiteness of the world as she sees it this very private showing will leave plenty of room for interpretation.  Viewed in the artists’ home this is a rare opportunity to get close to the art and the artist.

“I have great studios in SoHo, Tribeca, and Chelsea and none have influenced me as an artist more powerfully than my East Hampton Studio,” says Raymond.  During this special open house not only will guests be treated to the paintings and ambiance of this influential home but those on the tour can truly gain some insight as to what inspired her during the artistic process. Much like Raymond’s oil paintings, this home is a sight to behold. With its illuminating natural light and unique structuring throughout; this home is a work of art on its own. Treat yourself and be inspired by this sensational experience.    

East Hampton, Rolling Woods Lane, Artist StudioThis open house and studio tour is hosted by Town & Country Real Estate agent Stacey Barnds, of our East Hampton office, who describes the property as a “modern masterpiece that will appeal to the inner artist and architect in you.”  The two-story 4,400 sq. ft. residence situated on 1.9 acres is located in a lovely cul-de-sac between East Hampton and Sag Harbor. The modernized eat-in kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, beautiful hand-crafted cabinets and was featured in two national design magazines.

• Open House and Studio Tour, November 21, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 9 Rolling Wood Lane, East Hampton.  Contact Stacey Barnds for more information 631.324.8080 ext. 224.  For more information about this property click here:

Veterans Day 2015: Honoring Our Town & Country Real Estate Heroes

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

American Flags

On Veterans Day we celebrate the brave efforts of our service men and women and recognize our own – Charles J. Sanders, a real estate agent in our Southold Office, and from our Board of Directors – Director of IT, Christopher DiPetta.  It is because of their bravery and vigilance that we honor them with a heartfelt “Thank You!”

Captain Sanders, a member of the New York Army National Guard, served overseas during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan for two tours, returning home in 2012.  He gives of his time to the American Legion Griswold-Terry-Glover Post 803 in Southold serving as the Post Historian.  Cpt. Sanders is currently deployed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a Future Operations Officer.  We look forward to his safe return to Town & Country in the spring of 2016.

Chris joined the Air Force in 1990 and was stationed with the Military Airlift Command at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington.  In 1994, he transferred to the 21st Special Operations Squadron stationed at RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom.  He left the military in 1999 and returned to the United States and his future career in technology and real estate.

Across the East End services are being held to honor our Veterans.  At Agawam Park in Southampton, a Veterans Day Parade and Service will be held on Wednesday, November 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..  The parade begins at the First Presbyterian Church on Meetinghouse Lane and contines down Jobs Lane to Agawam Park.  Bill Jones will serves as emcee while the National Anthem will be sung by Justin Brown, Mark Raynor and William Segarra. Anna Throne-Holst, Southampton Town Supervisor will address the crowd, with musical performances by the Southampton High School Choir and Southampton High School Band. Invocation and Benediction from Reverend Michael Smith of the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church. Following the service, refreshments will be served at the Veterans Hall.  Contact Bob Grisnik, 283-0247 x231, for more details.

In Montauk, a Veterans Day Flag Ceremony will be held at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation (240 Edgemere Street, Montauk) on Wednesday, November 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ceremony will begin at the Suzanne Koch Gosman Flagpole Garden at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center and will feature the raising of the flag by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the singing of patriotic songs. Coffee and treats will be served following the ceremony in the Senior Nutrition Center Dining Room at the Center. Veterans, as well as the entire community, are invited to attend this ceremony.  Contact Maureen Rutkowski,, 631 668-1124, for more details.


Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The National Association of Realtors September report confirmed what Realtors across the United States have been experiencing. Existing home sales climbed to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.55 million or 4.7% — a huge gain of nearly 8% over 2014!

This spike made up for some of August’s soft spots. We suspect the stock market’s wild ride in August set the stage for the August weakness. However, the September spike was a welcome sign that the home sales in 2015 nationally are on target to hit levels not seen since the crash. The American Dream is alive & well! Yet there are a few rain clouds in the sky…

First time buyers seem to have lost some strength with logging 29% of all sales vs the 32% in August. We will be watching this to see if it is a trend or an anomaly. First time home buyers are significant players as they ear mark future demand.

Let’s seek to the Home Affordability Index at year’s end for more insight.