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


GREEK EASTER AT GUS & VIVI’S

April 13th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

One of my favorite eating days of the year… Greek Easter at Gus & Vivi’s … they prepare the most incredible Greek dishes and of course lamb on the spit cooks all day—nothing like it!

 

Thank you God! And thank you Gus & Vivi!!

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com               

631.324.8080 ext. 221


SATURDAY AT NORTH FORK VINEYARDS

April 13th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Judi Desiderio had her annual “Girls on the Vine” … Every year we visit different vineyards. This year we enjoyed a beautiful Saturday at Kontokosta Vineyard in Greenport on the water… “It was a gorgeous setting and their Pino was my favorite!”  Then off to Osprey Vineyards to enjoy the wine and music by The Lone Sharks… “We laughed, ate fresh mozzarella from the Red Horse Market in East Hampton, tasted some fine wines and danced…what could be better than that!”  Lastly off to Carol & Trisha’s home in Greenport to have John Tracy’s bolognaise sauce over fresh Pastosa’s ravioli’s and of course more dancing and laughing! If you haven’t experienced the North Fork or the East End Vineyards, I highly recommend you schedule a day at the vines.

 

  

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com               

631.324.8080 ext. 221


East Hampton Film Society

April 3rd, 2015 by William Stoecker

T&C agents, Lora Nelson and Dennis Ferrone, participated in the panel discussion following the screening of Chinatown last night which was presented by the East Hampton Film Society.  Everyone who attended had a wonderful evening and we thank you for helping make this event such a success.

 

Will Stoecker, son of T&C's Bill Stoecker is a student at East Hampton High School, and founder of the recently-established East Hampton Film Society, a local film club that meets twice a month in Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater to screen classic and arthouse films to the public. On March 5th, we had our Grand Opening screening of The Godfather. This week, we are showing Roman Polanski’s classic Chinatown on Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm, followed by a panel discussion with local film enthusiasts.  The next film being presented on April 16th is titled Brick and a must see for everyone!

 

Guild Hall event page: http://www.guildhall.org/events/?id=691&mode=id
Online Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9982692
Trailer: https://youtu.be/T37QkBc4IGY  

Will Stoecker
Founder
East Hampton Film Society
631.204.7997

ehfilmsociety@gmail.com


Southold Town 375, Greenport Tall Ships and Marquis de Lafayette’s Hermione’s visit to Greenport Harbor 4th of July 2015

March 26th, 2015 by Joan Bischoff van Heemskerck
Southold celebrates its 375th anniversary
Southold 375

Southold Town – New York's oldest English speaking settlement in the New World- is celebrating its 375th birthday this year – and it is only befitting that this year the Hermione, the ship that was boarded on March 10, 1780 by Marquis de Lafayette to be reunited with George Washington, will visit the Port of Greenport this 2015 July Fourth weekend during its Tall Ships Festival 2015. Greenport's charm will be the backdrop for this momentous event – it will be a great time for some VIP spotting – in any of Greenport's famous restaurants and bars… and sip some local wines while enjoying some of the North Fork's tremendous seafood bounty and fresh locally grown produce. 

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Lafayette's Hermione

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Attention Homeowners… Here’s your Spring Checklist

March 20th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Town & Country has put together a spring checklist for all home owners, but particularly for those of you with homes on the market. Whether your home is on the market for sale or for rent… Or simply to keep your home fresh here are a few simple items to check off. Keep in mind first impressions are key! Having said that we begin our list with an exterior eyeball. Then we move in! The key is to have all the senses.

 

#1 – Cleanliness in next to Godliness! Clean off winter (and fall’s) debris… Nothing shouts neglect more than untidiness.

#2 – Front Door – Is it clean, Does it operate smoothly, Does it need a fresh coat of paint, Is the screen door perfect?

#3 – Walk In… What is the first thing you see? Should that be the first thing you see when you walk in?

#4 – Are the rooms cluttered? If so, unclutter – Then remove another 20% of whatever is around.

#5 – How does it smell? Do you have pets? Did the home have a leak from all the ice and snow?

#6 – Repair, Repaint, Replace… Kind of like location, location, location from within… If anything is not immaculate toss it.

#7 – Style… Remember in the Hamptons if it’s 10 years old it’s totally outdated.

 

You’re not alone here…..

 

There are tons of talented Landscapers, Painters, Designers, Stagers, and of course Real Estate Professionals… And they are worth their weight in GOLD.

 

Following these simple steps is guaranteed to increase the value of your home. Rental values, even more so than sales values, are significantly affected by aesthetics. Money well spent… Think of it this way, you’re investing in your investment.

 

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Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com              

631.324.8080 ext. 221