Westhampton Beach Market Share – Deals For 2017

January 11th, 2018 by Town & Country Real Estate

Based upon MLS statistics this report represents listings under contract from January 1, 2017 through January 1, 2018 in the areas of East Quogue, Quogue, Remsenburg, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, and Westhampton Dunes.

Seasons Greetings – Town & Country Real Estate Celebrates 2017

December 18th, 2017 by Town & Country Real Estate
Evelina McDermott, Chris DiPetta, Nicole B Brewer, Joan Bischopp, Laura Mott, Kimberley Terry, Nancy McGann, Patrick Galway, Janet Hummel, Judi Desiderio

A little snow couldn't keep agents and friends away from Southampton Social Club to celebrate a tremendous year for Town & Country Real Estate. 

"Once again our annual holiday party was a smashing success!," says Judi Desiderio, Town & Country Real Estate CEO.  "Ian, Chris, and the staff at the Southampton Social Club did an outstanding job as always. So great to see our staff and associates genuinely exchange fond regards and warm congratulations to all honorees. Congratulations!"


Sag Harbor Plays On

December 18th, 2017 by Judi Desiderio

Photo courtesy of Sunshine Sachs

A year ago, a hole was burned through the heart of Main Street in Sag Harbor – literally!  The iconic Sag Harbor Theater in the center of its village was destroyed in an early morning fire on December 16, 2016.

Thanks to the combined efforts of local residents and famous friends, $8 Million was raised by the non-profit called Sag Harbor Partnership to purchase the property with the intent to resurrect the structure in its art-deco design and re-install the familiar neon sign (ironically, which would never be approved today).  The Empire State Economic Development Grants pledged the final $1.4 Million needed to close title.  Our local piano man, Billy Joel, donated $500,000 from the very onset and will have naming rights to the popcorn stand!

Director Martin Scorsese and Oscar winning actress Julie Andrews both sit on the advisory board.  Some other famous neighbors like the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Leonardo DiCaprio have pledged their support.

But…the fundraising is not over!

Another $5 to $6 Million is needed to build a new state-of-the art theater.  Maybe seller Gerald Mallow will pledge back $1 of the $8 Million he is receiving on the sale?  Richard Gere and several others who grace our main street with well-known presence hopefully will step up. 

A grand heart-felt "Thank You!" to April Gornik, VP, for spearheading this undertaking and to all those who have donated so generously!


Bethenny Frankel Buys In Bridgehampton

December 7th, 2017 by Town & Country Real Estate

Reality television star, noted author, and business mogul Bethenny Frankel has gone beyond being one of “The Real Housewives of New York City” and jumped full steam into the world of luxury real estate.  With a new show “Keeping It Real Estate” co-starring fellow Bravolebrity Fredrik Eklund about to premier she’s laying down more roots in the Hamptons with the purchase of a 4,239 sq.ft. estate in Bridgehampton.  Frankel purchased her first Hamptons home in 2013, also in Bridgehampton.

Frankel closed on the 7-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom Hamptons spread listed exclusively with Kathleen Conway of Town & Country Real Estate in October.  According to Conway, “Bethenny was fabulous to work with and saw the property as a great investment.” 

Originally listed for $2,950,000 and built in 1910, the former bed and breakfast, known as the Morning Glory House, is situated on 0.60 well-manicured acres South of the Highway in the village near shopping, dining, and more. The home underwent a major renovation under the guidance of architect Brian O'Keefe of BOKA where he set out to update all elements of the home and seamlessly merge the old and the new.

Local builder Dennis Boyle made those plans materialize and the elegant finishings complete the look. The gracious formal entry hall sets the tone with dark, hardwood floors illuminated by a skylight, a hand-carved staircase, and board and batten details. An exercise room is perfect for early morning workouts while a large gunite swimming pool with sprawling bluestone patios are ideal for an afternoon swim.

For more details speak to Town & Country Real Estate’s Kathleen Conway, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, 631.537.3200, KConway@TownAndCountryHamptons.com.


LINK: http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/projectDetails.php?innum=21958

Hamptons Real Estate News: Ammon Estate Sold

December 4th, 2017 by Town & Country Real Estate


On Thursday, November 30, 2017, we closed title on the Ammon Estate on Middle Lane in East Hampton Village.


The 59 Middle Lane East Hampton home, owned by siblings Greg and Alexa Ammon, listed exclusively with Judi Desiderio of Town & Country Real Estate in June 2017 who remarked on the sale, “I proudly represented the estate for over a dozen years of leasing and recently they decided the time was right to sell. I’m so pleased for Alexa & Greg Ammon. I’m sure it is bittersweet but when one door closes another one opens.”


For more information and photos contact exclusive listing broker

Judi Desiderio, JD@TownAndCountryHamptons.com631.324.8080.

Share Your Blessings – Annual Winter Coat & Accessories Drive

November 15th, 2017 by Town & Country Real Estate


In the spirit of the season Town & Country Real Estate is opening all our East End offices for our annual winter coat and accessories drive.  We’ll be collecting gently used or new winter coats, hats, and gloves and distributing them to those in need at Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach, John’s Place Shelter, and the United Veteran’s House.


“We invite our community to be generous during the season of giving,” says Judi Desiderio, Town & Country Real Estate CEO.  “We are all so blessed to live and work here, and to raise our families here in the Hamptons and the North Fork.  Not many people know that we have a population in need here on the East End.  Our annual coat drive is the least we can do to raise awareness and help.”


Donations can be made from November 15th to December 15th between the hours of 9am and 5pm.   


Office Locations:  132 Main Street, Westhampton Beach; 16 Hampton Road, Southampton; 2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton; 46 Main Street, East Hampton; 1 Carl Fisher Plaza, Montauk; 6920 Main Road, Mattituck; 57125 Main Road, Southold.

Royalton Farms: Exclusive Equestrian Community & $32M Estate Property

October 27th, 2017 by Town & Country Real Estate

Estates at Royalton Farms


At Royalton Farms in Mattituck, New York we have realized the vision of an equestrian community unlike any other on the North Fork of Long Island. World-class amenities, trainers of the highest caliber, and show quality rings all center around The Estate, a grand 16,000 sq.ft. house on a very private 12-acre lot with 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, elegant bar, chef’s kitchen, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.


For those who wish to fully immerse in the luxury equestrian lifestyle, we offer the Estates at Royalton. With the utmost in exclusively, The Estates at Royalton  are 11 custom homes designed by noted Westhampton Beach architect Nick Vero range from 3,500 to 5,500 sq.ft. each with a pool, 2 stall barn and paddock or pool house.  Trails and bridle paths surround the equestrian community and lead to a private pond and the equestrian facilities.  Located within Royalton Farms these homes offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who live and breathe their passions. 


ESTATES AT ROYALTON – Pricing Starts at $1,800,000.  Web#29522. Web#28601. Web#28332.

THE ESTATE – $32,000,000.  Web#55196


Call Lori MacGarva, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, 516.242.9633, LMacGarva@TownAndCountryHamptons.com for a private tour.


Royalton map

Town & Country Sponsors Paws on Parade and Ties & Tails

October 26th, 2017 by Town & Country Real Estate
Paws on Parade 2017
Recently Sean Deneny, a Town & Country Real Estate associate in Southampton, New York, organized two interconnected events “Paws on Parade,” a daytime family gathering with pets and “Ties & Tails,” an evening cocktail party at the Rogers Memorial Mansion. These events were created to support local charities in the Southampton K – 12 community.
“Paws on Parade” was a true family event, where everyone gathered on the grounds of the Southampton Historical Museum with the pets that complete their families. With about 100 in total, all strolled down South Main Street from museum grounds to Agawam Beach where pets frolicked in both sand and water. On the twenty-minute journey back, Father Patrick of St. John’s Episcopal Church performed his annual Blessing of the Animals, a tradition at St. Johns for over 75 years.
On returning to museum grounds, children enjoyed theatrical face painting and photo ops with the cast of Bay Street’s Stages Children's Theater "Frankenstein Follies" in character prior to their three-day weekend performances at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Professional photography of families and pets were also provided in the Sayre barn and on surrounding grounds. A light breakfast was offered as well as Hubert’s famous Lemonade. All of this was offered for an early bird admission of $20 with children 12 & under at no charge, a price point that all families welcomed. A Chinese auction was also provided.
For families considering additions to their family, the Southampton Animal Shelter showcased a variety of adoptable dogs some of which were recently rescued from Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Fun activities for pets included Indiana Bones, a dog agility course, and Romancing the Bone, a time test where pets must retrieve a bone hidden underneath one of four hats.
In conjunction with the “Paws on Parade” event, the “Ties & Tails” cocktail and hors d’oeuvres evening party was hosted at the Rogers Mansion. A slide show showcased the up close and personal photos of the day and for those who wanted a taste of television, audience tickets were part of the silent auction including “Live with Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest,” Dr. Oz, as well as the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS among other treasured items. 
According to Mr. Deneny, “Too often we go to the well with our local village restaurateurs and retailers, whose annual revenues are tied to seasonal traffic.” With that in mind, sponsorships were secured with the Southampton office of Town & Country Real Estate, Farmers Insurance, Riverhead Bay Subaru, and Hubert’s Lemonade. Over $16,000 was raised and distributed after expenses to the Southampton Animal Shelter, First Response volunteer fire department and ambulance corps, Stages, A Children’s Theatre Workshop, as well as the Southampton Historical Museum. Long term goals are to create a larger pool of monies to reach out to other 501 C 3 organizations.
All 2017 sponsors Riverhead Bay Subaru, Farmers, and Town & Country Real Estate have confirmed renewals for our October 2018 events.

Closing Cost Guidelines 2017

October 23rd, 2017 by Judi Desiderio

Town & Country provides this guide to estimate closing costs for you, for informational purposes only. Both Buyers and Sellers should receive Estimated Closing Costs from their respective attorneys prior to closing. Purchasers using a lending institution receive a Truth in Lending Statement from the lender. These are itemized lists of expenses. Request them as early as possible so that you can best prepare for closing.

One of the buyer’s greatest expense is the Peconic Transfer Tax. In November of 1998 voters overwhelmingly approved the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund or CPF. Later, in 2012, East End residents voted in all 5 towns, by a 2:1 vote, to extend the tax for an additional 10 years, thus extending the expiration date to 2022, with an additional extension to 2030. 

Since its inception in 1999 the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund has generated over $1Billion. These funds have enabled the 5 East End Towns to preserve open space, farmland, beaches, pine barrens, water recharge areas, wetlands, and even an island. In fact, some 10,000 acres through more than 600 acquisitions have been secured. An accomplishment we can all be proud of. The money collected is managed by the respective towns. In East Hampton and Southampton, the towns have borrowed against future fund revenue. While everyone agrees the objective of preserving the rural beauty and protect our natural resources should remain top priority, some have questioned the

fairness of existing property owners voting on taxes they don’t pay – a sensitive issue. Furthermore, the levels at which the Peconic Tax begins, have come under scrutiny. Back in 1998 you could possibly buy a starter home at $250,000 and a vacant lot at $100,000 on the South Fork and $150,000 and $75,000 respectively on the North Fork and Riverhead, but our values have come along way over the past 20 years. Yet this entry level has never been adjusted to reflect where markets have appreciated to.

2014 remains the year that the 5 East End Towns collected the greatest sum — $107.69M, eclipsing the previous high water mark set back in 2007 when $96.02M was received. Both were banner years for high end real estate sales according to Town & Country Home Sales Reports. Thank you to all the buyers who have footed the bill. The 5 East End Towns have preserved sensitive land and increased park lands for public enjoyment for generations to come. To view Home Sales Reports visit TownAndCountryHamptons.com/html/MarketReports.php.

On July 7, 2017, an exception was imposed for first time home buyers purchasing their primary residence. Eligible individuals must apply with Suffolk County. Your attorney can assist with this.

It is important to mention that there are some who confuse Peconic Land Trust with Peconic Bay Region Transfer Tax, referred to as Peconic Land Tax or CPF (Community Preservation Fund,) but they are vastly different. The Peconic Land Trust is 501 (c) (3) non profit organization established in 1983 by John v.H.Halsey and a group of East End residents with a focus on protecting Long Island’s heritage of farming. The trust does not share in the taxes collected. For more information visit PeconicLandTrust.org

Town & Country North Fork 3rd Quarter 2017 Home Sales Report

October 17th, 2017 by Judi Desiderio

The 3rd Quarter of 2017, for the North Fork markets at large, was a solid performer. In fact, all 3 criteria monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY increased significantly…Number of Home Sales were up 15%, Total Home Sales Volume increased 23%, and Median Home Sales Price rose 22%.

The most dazzling statistic occurred in the $1-2M price category with 140% rocket launch from 5 in 3rd Quarter 2016 to 12 for the same period in 2017! Oddly the $2-3.49M price category dropped to zero from 3 sales last year. There was 1 sale over $3.5 -$5M, the highest home sale was 9775 Nassau Point Road, a 7200 sq. ft. manor house on 2 acres of waterfront for $4.65M, originally priced at just under $8M.

Southold (which includes New Suffolk and Peconic) was the shining beacon for this quarter with an incredible display of demand. There was a 71% jump in Number of Home Sales from 24 in 2016 to 41 this year. And the Total Home Sales Volume more than doubled with over $26M changing hands and the Median Home Sales Price increased 25% to $580,000.

Orient (which includes East Marion and Greenport) was another story all together. Sales activity for the 3rd Quarter was significantly off its game, with 36% fewer Home Sales which then posted a 31% lower Total Home Sales Volume. Conversely the Median Home Sales Price rose 26% to $650,000 — the highest for all North Fork hamlets. So why such a reduction in sales? Is this an inventory issue or a softening in demand? Further exploration required.

In conclusion, the North Fork markets experienced a good up-tick in business other than Orient (which includes East Marion and Greenport) — in the 3rd Quarter of 2017

To view all reports click here – http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/marketReports.php