July 19, 2013
Corcoran’s Shari Winter Clarry says the North Fork is a boon for buyers looking for privacy.
Undiscovered beaches. Verdant vineyards. Peace, quiet, and privacy. While the South Fork relishes its star-studded popularity, the North Fork, abundant in bucolic tranquility, is transforming into a sought-after retreat. “The North Fork is definitely becoming the destination,” says Corcoran broker Sheri Winter Clarry, who purchased a home in Cutchogue three weeks after first discovering the area during an East End getaway.
July 16, 2013 | by Talia Weisner
July 16, 2013 | by Katy B. Olson
Jay Flagg of Saunders sees a trend in Hamptons residents opening up their spaces as well as adding amenities.
Grand things—namely high-end Hamptons homes—now come in smaller packages. “House sizes are getting smaller, yet at the same time, the quality of the construction and the amenities have improved,” says Jay Flagg, a broker with Saunders who has almost 30 years’ experience in real estate. The trend is “scattered throughout the Hamptons,” he says, and especially prevalent in new construction.
Extraordinary amenities can make a home feel bigger than its on-paper square footage. “We’re seeing a ramp-up of the whole lower-level phenomenon, where people are building out the lower level or basement,” says Flagg, noting one basement movie theater featured sloped 20-foot ceilings and dramatic balconies. Below ground, Hamptonites are also opting for gyms with saunas, steam rooms, and massage tables; wine cellars “bordering on wine caves,” outfitted with tasting tables and extensive temperature-control systems; bowling alleys; and additional accommodations for staff.
Yet the trends aren’t limited to the underground, nor the new arrivals: Those remodeling their homes often choose to open up their space rather than create multiple, smaller rooms. “Although traditional- style houses remain the predominant style of architecture,” explains Flagg, “what people are doing with their interiors is much more modern and streamlined, but with a higher quality throughout.” 14 Main St., Southampton, 516-768-0349
July 12, 2013
Broker Michaela Keszler sees Hamptons buyers choosing modern design over traditional styles.
“In every price range, people are starting to be more individual again,” explains Michaela Keszler, senior associate broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, “going away from the cookie-cutter, same-house thing, to a very modern and contemporary design.”
And it’s not just East End buyers who are changing. “The builder’s product has changed a lot, too,” she says. “It’s more high-end, really elegant, and nicely finished.”
Fortunately, here in the Hamptons, buyers have an abundance of options. “We don’t only have local builders now,” explains Keszler. “We have builders from Florida and Westchester, and other areas doing business in the Hamptons. Of course, that’s a sign of a good building market.”
Knowing what to look for is key in distinguishing superior from sub-par, she says. “On first sight, you can see the difference in bathrooms, kitchens, and floors—the windows they use, even how they finish the basement.” A kitchen, for instance, might be “the right color and the right shape,” but the buyers might look behind the counter for telltale signs of flimsy construction. Yet the current influx of high-quality construction in the Hamptons bodes well for both buyers and brokers. “We were so overrun by these inexpensive products,” says Keszler. “It’s nice to see a good product.” 70 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 525-3810
July 10, 2013
Halstead Property's Edward Brody favors the fresh effect of black windows on Hamptons houses.
A subtly sophisticated design trend emerging throughout the Hamptons this season is the striking black window. “From quaint streets like Mill Hill Lane to modern interpretation of barns on the village fringe, black windows are making a resurgence because of the spare, stark drama they convey,” says Edward Brody, a licensed real estate salesperson at Halstead Property.