SEAN AVERY’S NEXT MOVE

May 26th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Sean Avery, a former New York Ranger, has made the transition from professional athlete to designing homes in the Hamptons. He offers a unique blend of modern design with traditional values. He is delivering a turnkey product including everything from the furniture to the artwork. Something that has never been seen or done before in the Hamptons.

Sean’s partner, Chuck Gallanti has been building homes in the Hamptons for the past 20 years. You can expect only the highest level of craftsmanship, quality, and attention to detail.

Town & Country Associate, Aaron Kaufman of the Southampton branch is representing Sean & Chuck Exclusively. He can be reached at 16 Hampton Road, Southampton Village or at 646.772.0407

Aaron Kaufman

AKaufman@1TownandCountry.com

646.772.0407


Happy 375th Birthday Southampton!

May 22nd, 2015 by Nancy McGann

This will be a year of celebration that many people, both residents and visitors, will be able to enjoy with weekly events scheduled from now to the end of 2015. Activities are planned for all ages and include such things as parades, movies, house tours and more. Visit 27east.com where they will continue to list events that celebrate Southampton’s heritage. 2015 is going to be a wonderful year filled with a variety of events so please continue to check the 27east.com website for more information.

Nancy McGann

NMcGann@1TownandCountry.com 

631.283.5800 ext. 301


Housing Starts Hit Pre-Recession Levels

May 20th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Nationally, US home building hit the highest level since November 2007. US Commerce Department said housing starts rose 20.2% in April from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted 1.135 million. This is the greatest percentage increase since February 1991. The issuance of new building permits which gives insight to future construction is up 10%.

 

Housing starts rose 16.7% on single-family units, which represent two-thirds of the market. This shows a wide base to this expanse and the most since January 2008.

 

Condos, Co-Ops and multifamily units are up 27.2%. This is good news for the overall US Economy as construction of homes creates jobs for contractors, electricians, plumbers, masons, pool contractors, landscapers, decorators, furniture, and much more! 

 

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                     

631.324.8080 ext. 221


Judi honored at Manhattan Media’s Privet Hedge Awards Dinner

May 1st, 2015 by Laura Mott

Judi Desiderio, President and Chief Executive Office of Town & Country Real Estate, was awarded the prestigious award of “Broker’s Broker" at Manhattan Media's Privet Hedge Awards Dinner last night held at Sebonac Golf Club. This was the 2nd annual Privet Hedge Awards which honors excellence in Hamptons real estate. For Judi to be named "Broker’s Broker" is truly a testament to not only her unyielding success in real estate on the East End, but as well her admiration by colleagues and peers. “I was so surprised to receive the “Broker’s Broker” Privet Hedge Award for Excellence in Real Estate. I’m much more comfortable giving the awards, rather than receiving…When I looked around the room I saw many Brokers whom I’ve worked with in my 34 year tenure. So many talented, experienced, smart real estate professionals.. it was truly an honor. Thank you!” stated Judi afterwards.

 

With top producers from every real estate firm in the Hamptons present, the evening was fun-filled, full and enjoyed by all. Special thanks to the Manhattan Media, publisher of Avenue, Avenue on the Beach, Behind The Hedges and Dan’s Papers, for hosting such a special celebration in an equally spectacular venue.

 

 

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                   

631.324.8080 ext. 221


Get Ready to Rock When STAGES presents BYE BYE BIRDIE!

April 28th, 2015 by Gene Stilwell

“Put On a Happy Face” and take yourselves down to the Bay Street Theatre where Stages, A Children’s Theater Workshop Inc will present the Rock-n-Roll Musical Bye Bye Birdie!

 

Before Hairspray or Grease… there was Bye Bye Birdie!! This ultimate Rock –n –Roll musical filled with teenage fun and great songs has something for the entire family. It’s the 1960’s and heartthrob singing sensation Conrad Birdie, loosely based on Elvis Presley, is going into the army. His manger Albert and his secretary Rosie have cooked up a publicity stunt to give him a big send off!  He will bestow ‘One last Kiss” to one lucky fan, Kim MacAfee, on the Ed Sullivan show before he leaves. With a town full of colorful characters and crazed, screaming teenagers, Bye Bye Birdie brings us all back to a simpler time before cell phones, and computers!

 

This highly entertaining Tony award winning musical features a book by Michael Stewart and music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

 

The cast consists of over 30 local actors age 8-18 directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard.

 

Stages will present Bye Bye Birdie at The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor Saturday May 2 at 2:00 and 7:30 and Sunday May 3 at 2:00. All tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at The Bay Street Theatre Box office or charge by phone at 631-725-9500.

 

Bye Bye Birdie finishes out Stages 20 year Birthday Celebration and it’s not to be missed!  So grab your “steady “and go see Bye Bye Birdie!  “You’ve got a lot a livin’ to do!!”

 

 

Gene Stilwell

GStilwell@1TownandCountry.com

631.324.8080 ext. 218


East Hampton Airport Rules Stir Trouble

April 22nd, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

A great debate resulted in East Hampton Town Board approving curfews from 11pm to 7am on ALL flights and 8pm to 9am on “noisy” aircraft. Additionally, the limit of one weekly round trip for each individual aircraft created more controversy. While no one will argue that aircraft traffic has increased dramatically and better air traffic patterns are necessary, homeowners who purchase on or near the main road and rail line will tell you activity around their homes have increased comparatively. It is apparent all forms of transportation are operating at maximum, or close to maximum capacity.

 

A balance between commerce and conservation once again are laid on the table for all to weigh in on. Everyone has an opinion as to that balance, but the decisions are made by those voted into office. These decisions were made, and now the commerce side of the equation believes the town has over stepped its authority. There was just a lawsuit filed in US District Court against the Town of East Hampton to block these restrictions on grounds they violate Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. The suit quotes the 1990 Airport Noise and Capacity Act and the US Constitution’s supremacy and interstate commerce clauses.

 

I believe when we are able to look in the rearview mirror at this one we will have wished we could have worked together to avoid this path to the best resolution.

 

What are your thoughts on the matter? What do you believe the final outcome will be? How much money will this cost tax payers? How many years will we be in litigation?

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                   

631.324.8080 ext. 221


TOWN & COUNTRY NORTH FORK 1ST QUARTER 2015 HOME SALES REPORT

April 20th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

It may have snowed 7 weekends in the first 3 months of 2015 but it certainly didn’t slow down the tempo of the North Fork Home Sales Market!

 

Three of the 4 markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY experienced increases in the Number of Homes Sales. In fact, 2 of the North Fork markets, Jamesport (which includes Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow and South Jamesport) and Mattituck (which includes Laurel and Cutchogue) both experienced significant increases of +45.5% and +43%, respectively.

 

Jamesport (which includes Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow and South Jamesport) had a blow away quarter statistically in all 3 criteria monitored by  TOWN & COUNTRY  with all prices ranges in the black. In fact, the Jamesport markets were the lead hamlets with +45.5%, +77%, and +17% for the Number of Homes Sales, Total Home Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price respectively – all 3 record stats!

 

Surprisingly Orient (which includes East Marion and Greenport) took a back seat with a 33% drop in the Number of Homes Sales and 28% decline in the Total Home Sales Volume. The Median Home Sales Price remained relatively stable at $435,000 in 2015 from $427,500 in 2014 1st Quarter.

 

Looking at All North Fork Markets Combined and we see healthy gains of nearly 10% in the Number of Homes Sales Price as well as a 5.4% increase in Median Home Sales Price. There was a slight dip of 2.55% in the Total Home Sales Volume – which was most likely swayed by 2 less sales in the $2-$3.49M price category.

 

All told, I’m sticking with my prediction that the North Fork Markets are going to enjoy 2015 broadly!

 

To view the complete report visit 1TownandCountry.com/Reports.

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                    

631.324.8080 ext. 221


TOWN & COUNTRY HAMPTONS 1ST QUARTER 2015 HOME SALES REPORT

April 20th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

It doesn’t happen often but occasionally the statistics surprise me. As I always say “the numbers don’t lie. They tell it like it is!” And this Home Sales Report on the first 3 months of 2015 is a mixed bag. I had anticipated a blow away report based on activity in all 8 TOWN & COUNTRY offices but the fact is two-thirds, or 8 of the 12 markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY experienced a reduction in the Number of Home Sales, as well as Total Home Sales Volume. In fact, 2 markets, Sag Harbor Area (which includes Noyack and North Haven) and Shelter Island, both sank over 50% in Total Homes Sales Volume and white hot Montauk dropped 46% in the Number of Homes Sales. Strange, right?

 

On a positive note, Sag Harbor Village rose 31% in the Number of Home Sales and East Hampton Village posted a whooping 59.2% spike in the Total Home Sales Volume. Certainly a darling quarter for East Hampton Village, which was firmly in the black in all 3 criteria TOWN & COUNTRY analyzes – Number of Home Sales (+14%), Total Home Sales Volume (+59.2%) and Median Home Sales Price (+23.2%).

 

Southampton Village saw the greatest gain in Median Home Sales Price at 37% from $1,677,500 to $2.3M year to year. But truth be told, Southampton Village, East Hampton Village and Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) markets ordinarily hover between $2.5M and $3M quarterly for Median Home Sales Price.

 

In this report, Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) had an impressive 1st Quarter 2015 with a Median Home Sales Price of $3M and a staggering $230,201,000 Total Home Sales Volume, which is 30% of All Hamptons Markets Combined for Total Home Sales Volume. Bottom line, the Mill Bridgehampton Market (which includes Water and Sagaponack) sold more high-end than any other market. In fact, 6 of the 9 sales $10M-$19.99M were in Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) and 1 of the 2 over $20M was also Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack), the other was in Southampton Village.

 

The big surprise though – All Hampton Markets Combined realized a dip in the Number of Home Sales, Total Home Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price. Is this the trend for 2015?

 

To view the complete report visit 1TownandCountry.com/Reports.

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                  

631.324.8080 ext. 221


Congratulations to Peconic Land Trust

April 16th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Our very own, locally grown organic Peconic Land Trust is being honored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency with an Environmental Champion Award for their work in protecting the environment and improving public health conditions. This is a federal award from EPA’s Region 2 office, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Island. Quite an honor!

 

The PLT was founded in 1983, is based out of Southampton but its reach for preserving land has span across Long Island. Through landowners & municipalities the PLT has preserved over 11,000 acres.

 

There are so many stunning places you can enjoy that the Land Trust has worked to preserve… Quail Hill, Bridge Gardens, Amber Waves, Shellfisher and much more. You can learn about farming, gardening, photography, shell fish, buy organic eggs, and so much more!

 

To John v. Halsey, President of the Peconic Land Trust, and his incredible board and staff… congratulations… well done!

 

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                  

631.324.8080 ext. 221


Fighting Chance Summer Gala

April 14th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Judi Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer of Town & Country proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Fighting Chance, a not for profit cancer organization that aids East Enders who have been diagnosed with cancer. Fighting Chance provides many services from counseling to navigation to transportation for treatment. Town & Country is a proud sponsor of the annual Gala. This year’s Gala is May 30, 2015. Fighting Chance will be hosting their Summer Gala at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. Join us for this wonderful event and please make denotations to this great cause.

For more information on this event or to purchase tickets you can either visit their website at www.fightingchance.org or call them at 631.725.4646.

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                 

631.324.8080 ext. 221