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Red Bar Brasserie Property Listed in Southampton
January 24, 2020
Restaurateurs take note--for the first time in more than 20 years, the property that has been home to Red Bar Brasserie is for sale. [caption id="attachment_73406" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photo: Courtesy Douglas Elliman Photography[/caption] Listed at $4.5 million, the Southampton restaurant hotspot at 210 Hampton Road is sited on 3/4 of an acre and comes with grandfathered onsite parking. In addition to the 4,530-square-foot 92-seat eatery, the site offers staff housing and a three-bedroom, two-bath single family residence, which is currently producing rental income. The restaurant and kitchen are spotless and ready to go for new ownership. [caption id="attachment_73407" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photo: Courtesy Douglas Elliman Photography[/caption] This property is represented by Nicole Tunick and Zachary Tunick of Douglas Elliman. 210 Hampton Road, Southampton
Extraordinary Redcraft on Ox Pasture Lane
January 23, 2020

Redcraft, on Ox Pasture Lane, Southampton, is a fascinating house. Originally called Red Croft, it was built in 1897 by Charles G. Francklyn. Even in an area like Southampton, famous for celebrities and huge personalities, there can be few whose lives rivaled Charles Gilbert Francklyn's.

He was the great grandson of pro-slavery polemicist Gilbert Francklyn, who owned plantations in Tobago and Jamaica. His mother, Sarah Jane Cunard, was the daughter of the shipping magnate. Charles was born in 1844 in London and later moved to New York to work as an agent for the Cunard shipping line. In addition to his own capital investments, which included railroad stock, he managed interests for British investors, including his friend Lord Rosebery, the future British prime minister. Lord Rosebery's marriage to the Rothschild heiress made him one of the wealthiest men in Britain.

Francklyn was prominent in the development of the gas industry in New York; in 1878 he organized the Municipal Gas Light Company and later founded the Consolidated Gas Company of New York. He arranged to buy from William Rockefeller a waste product, naphtha, that Standard Oil had been dumping into the sea. Francklyn then invented a process by which hydrogen gas and naphtha were combined to create gas that could be used to illuminate. Consolidated Gas then acquired steam, gas, and electric companies serving New York City and Westchester. Today it's known as Consolidated Edison.

In 1882, the Francklyn Land and Cattle Company, an English syndicate headed by Charles, purchased 637,440 acres of the Texas panhandle for $887,000. An enormous cattle ranch was built intending to cash in on the "Beef Bonanza." Unfortunately, the manager appointed by the Francklyn company overspent on livestock, fencing, as well as living quarters. A terrible blizzard in January 1886 made the ranch bankrupt.

The next year, Francklyn, also president of the Horn Silver Mining Company, known as the richest silver mine in the world, was arrested at home in New York. The charge was fraud. Francklyn's cousin, Sir Bache Cunard, alleged that Charles had embezzled $3,000,000 Cunard had entrusted him to invest for his own use. Litigation over the matter (once Francklyn made bail) dragged on for many years, and also included a libel action by Francklyn to The Times of London.

Eventually, the litigation cost Francklyn his summer home at Elberon, New Jersey, a Shingle Style house designed by Charles McKim of McKim, Meade and White. It was here that President James Garfield, trying to recover from an assassin's bullet, was brought to recuperate and it was here that President Garfield died. (The Francklyn Cottage burned to the ground in 1914.)

The main Francklyn residence, where he lived with wife Susan and children Gilbert and Doris, was 5 Washington Square, New York. Of course, the family needed a summer home as well, and they chose Southampton. The Francklyn family was one of the first to make Southampton a fashionable destination.

Unfortunately, little is known about Red Croft's design or construction: Susan was in charge of furnishing it. Nor is much known about the garden design. Recently, though, landscape architect Perry Guillot, who reworked the gardens for the present owner, noted, "A century-old allée of chestnut trees along the east border is like no other in the village of Southampton."

[caption id="attachment_73398" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Redcraft interior, Photo: B Sloan[/caption]

The Francklyns lived quietly and happily at Red Croft for many years. Mrs. Francklyn made the papers in 1915, when apparently she had a moving picture stopped at a local theater because of its raciness. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, "Who Stopped the Movies? None Will Take the Credit Mrs. Francklyn of Southampton Insists She Didn't Do It Or Rather Her Daughter Does And Manager Allen Says He Ought to Know. [...] J.S. Allen, proprietor of the Garden Theater, where the new censor got busy last Wednesday night, still insists and 'insists' is putting It mildly that it was Mrs. Charles O. Francklyn, who was shocked into actlon. Mrs. Francklyn refuses to discuss silk stockings, or anything else, but her daughter, Miss Doris, persists with as much force as Mr. Allen insists that her mother had nothing to do with the sudden exit of the hosiery display. 'Why mother had no more to do with stepping those pictures than this poor little dog,' said Miss Francklyn. And she held up a white poodle, which barked vigorously in righteous indignation."

Charles Gilbert Francklyn died in 1929. He left Red Croft to his son Gilbert, who seems to have enjoyed the estate along with Doris for the rest of their lives; they died in 1957 and 1959. Neither married and are buried together in Southampton Cemetery, as are Charles and Susan.

The next notable owner was art connoisseur Paul F. Walter who bought the property in 1986. He collected everything from Mughal miniatures to British decorative arts, but is best remembered today as a pioneering collector of photographs. He was a renowned figure in the art world, befriending artists--for example, he sent Mapplethorpe the bunch of tulips that inspired his series of plant photographs--and donating works to major museums.

He had Redcroft (as it was now known) decorated by architect and interior designer Mark Kaminski in the late nineteenth century Arts and Crafts style, using museum-quality furniture and artwork, as well as layered William Morris pattern wallpapers.

The grounds were designed in the English style by landscape designer Deborah Nevins. And when Nigel Nicolson visited the house, he pronounced them the American equivalent of the gardens at Sissinghurst tended by his mother, Vita Sackville-West.

Mr. Walter eventually decided to downsize, selling Redcroft to Citibank executive Robert Buxton and wife Anne in 1999 for $4 million. Sadly, he died in 2017 and the best pieces from his collections were auctioned at Christie's.

The Buxtons lived at the property for some years, finally selling for $9 million in 2008. The current owner of the property, now known as Redcraft, had the interiors redecorated by eminent designer Steven Gambrel and the four acres of gardens redesigned by Perry Guillot. Now, hedges of copper beech and yew surround a walled flower garden. But the crowning glory of the property are the ancient specimen trees.

Today, the house is sleek and sophisticated from the sure hand of Steven Gambrel. The entry hall features rusticated walls that look like stone blocks; the dining room juxtaposes director's chairs with a gilt Chippendale mirror; and a gallery of black-and-white family photos are framed in red. Parrot green and red touches enliven the mostly neutral palette. In the extraordinary French art deco style master bathroom, Jacques Adnet sconces complement a steel fire surround found in Paris. Black, as always with Gambrel, is in evidence, with black painted ceilings and the designer's signature black kitchen, in this case lightened by antique benches from the estate of Bill Blass.

[caption id="attachment_73399" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Redcraft, Photo: B Sloan[/caption]

Redcraft has changed over the past 120 years, and no doubt will change again in the next 120, but it has always been and always will be extraordinary.

Property of the Week: 9 Cross Highway, East Hampton
January 22, 2020
"It's like being a matchmaker--it's finding someone to fall in love with this house." Saunders & Associates agent Jackie Lowey believes in love, and hopes to find someone who will love her exclusive new listing, the Abraham Baker House in East Hampton.  First built in 1745, the Abraham Baker House has a rich history. This fabled farmhouse was purchased in 1924 by the founders of the famed Riding Club of East Hampton and converted into a clubhouse for its members, who counted the Bouvier family among their ranks. Former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy first learned to ride on the property as a child. The listing is especially noteworthy for being one of only 15 properties in the Town of East Hampton designated as a Special Historic Landmark where the Town will permit owners to build a second dwelling/guest house. This would allow the buyer to enjoy two dwellings--the 3-bedroom historic home and one new construction--all on one .8-acre lot. [caption id="attachment_73389" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Photo: Saunders & Associates[/caption] The home features great room with dining area, large hearth and working fireplace, and original wood floors. A second fireplace warms the cozy study with magnificent paneling. Architectural treasures such as the original riding lockers are preserved in one of two first floor en-suite bedrooms. This South of the Highway location is less than a mile from Two Mile Hollow Beach and abuts the estate section of East Hampton Village. Properties like this, notes Lowey, are especially ideal for fans of historic preservation. "It's for people who fall in love and want to be the next caretakers for it," she says. "With historic homes, this is [a buyer's] passion." Lowey, a former deputy director for the National Park Service, has a deep understanding and appreciation for historic homes. "Rarely do historic gems like this come on the market. Finding the right buyer is more like matchmaking than selling--you want them to fall in love and become part of the history of this remarkable town. It's like passing the torch." 9 Cross Highway, East Hampton, listed exclusively by Saunders & Associates [caption id="attachment_73391" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Photo: Courtesy Saunders & Associates[/caption]
Martin Architects Wins AIA Peconic Daniel J. Rowan Design Award
January 17, 2020
AIA Peconic, the East End chapter of the American Institute of Architects, presented their annual Daniel J. Rowan Design Awards on January 11. Among the winners were Martin Architects in the category Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse for their work on the Sagaponack Farmstand project. Dan's Best of the Best winner Martin Architects, led by Nick Martin, worked to renovate the property owned by designer Tony Woods after its purchase in 2015. The home was originally built in 1789 and purchased in 2015 by Woods, who sought to restore it to its original glory, free of the more flamboyant and garish expansions that had been added over the years. Martin worked to not only keep the integrity of the property, but add a sustainability element. Martin Architects has been green since its inception. "For me personally, as a human, that's always been one of my interests. To be green is not simply adding solar roofs and geothermal, it's considering the bigger picture of where materials come from, what is being demolished, where and how far the craftsman and supplies are coming from. And in this case it was very successful because we were able to use much of the existing structure and harvest 100% of the important elements of the house, but also to keep to the history of the house." To preserve that history, according to Martin, "meant diluting and removing the additions that had come over the last several hundred years--the poor-quality craftsmanship, lesser and flamboyant design, and then create, in the end, a very well-constructed [project] with modern materials, harvesting all of the original material that we could, including keeping and lifting portions of the project and then having handmade windows and doors crafted in the original style using historic materials and keeping the scale and geometry to the original framers." [caption id="attachment_73382" align="aligncenter" width="509"] Nick Martin and Amelia Steelman, Photo: Courtesy Martin Architects[/caption] The process to restore the house to its historic roots is a very intensive one. "If you looked out it from the outside, you would say, 'Oh, this is another Hampton traditional house,' but it was in fact twice as much effort to consider these factors," Martin says. "And the owner, Tony Woods, who is a craftsman and designer, did the interiors. It's very key on all these factors and elements of historic reuse and adaptive sustainability. He deserves a round of applause, and also Ian Evans, the builder, was an important team member." To the uninitiated, working on a house built hundreds of years ago can seem like a daunting task, but Martin considers it an exciting challenge. "I live in a 1776 house that I rotated myself with my own firm," he notes. "I finished a 20,000-square-foot house in Baltimore where 16-18,000 existing feet [of the original were used]. I have quite the experience in historic reuse and I worked in the city with Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, who had some history of that. I have to have enough effort and time and the client has to realize what it involves. It's a very positive experience and one I recommend." [caption id="attachment_73383" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Owner Tony Woods did the interior design work, Photo: Courtesy Martin Architects[/caption] Martin is also the co-chair of the Sagaponack Architectural and Historic Review Board, and often sees demolition projects that he considers "unfortunate," noting that there are ways to modernize without demolishing these older structures. He points to a project he completed on Daniels Lane in Sagaponack that involved attaching a modern structure to the original house. "I showed [the client] there was actually value to the existing house," he says. "When you drive you can go underneath it and there's an underground garage. The steel is exposed and was lifted and used structurally to hold it over the foundation. We kept it as sort of a viewpoint or a graphic explanation of the process." In the end, Martin is most proud of "keeping an artistic brush on something that could have been quite ordinary. If you look at the geometry and form we were able to produce in the very end, it really does look historic, but to me it's a creative and energized elevation and series of structures. I was really proud that the team here, project architect Amelia Steelman particularly, handled it very well." He believes strongly in the integrity of the East End's beautiful old homes and hopes clients will consider restoration. "To do a project in a way that is special takes time and energy and a lot of love," Martin says, "and that's what we try to do with every project, to give it a special energy and special effort." [caption id="attachment_73384" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo: Courtesy Martin Architects[/caption]
My Hamptons: Jesse Bongiovi
January 16, 2020

"Our place in East Hampton is my happy place," says Jesse Bongiovi, a fact that holds especially true when a glass of wine is in-hand. Bongiovi and his father, Jon Bon Jovi, launched their own rosé label in 2018--Diving into Hampton Water--which went on to be named Best Rosé of 2018 and #83 on the Top 100 among all wines by Wine Spectator. Bongiovi talks about his love of wine, his history of football and more.

Describe your perfect day on the East End. Wake up as early as I can, get to Georgica. surf for a couple hours, go home, have breakfast, hang out by the pool, barbecue, then go to my buddy's house, pregame, head to Surf Lodge at about 6 p.m., or Talkhouse around 10 p.m., and just go all night long. Suddenly it's 6:30 in the morning and I'm going right back to the beach for surf patrol.

What are some other favorite spots for fun in the Hamptons? I love going to the Blue Parrot, the Palm, Town Line, 75 Main. Southampton Social Club is a great spot. I love going out to Gurney's in Montauk, watching a show at Surf Lodge. We go to Stephen Talkhouse all the time--we basically have a residency there. 

Your wine is very much tied to a lifestyle... The Hamptons is an aspirational place, an iconic place--even if you've never been here. For us, when we're out in the Hamptons and hanging out, rosé is the thing that ties all of the good times together. The idea of Hampton Water is taking a second and relaxing and making memories with friends, enjoying the idea of a place, even if you've never been there.

You played football at Notre Dame. What life lessons from that experience have you taken forward? I walked onto the team, and I got to be with some of the greatest athletes in the country. These guys were stronger than me, faster than me, better football players than me. It was hard work, but I love proving people wrong. So I said to myself that I was going to go out there every day and just run until the wheels come off.

If you could have any three people at your Hamptons dinner party, who would you invite? Bill Murray--he's an all-time funny guy, and I think he might know the secrets to the universe. Drake, because I love what he does and I think he and I would be best friends. And Barack Obama, because I miss him dearly.

Normandy House: A Southampton Classic
January 15, 2020

Magnificent. That's the only word that comes to mind when the iron gates open and you proceed down the long allée of apple trees to Normandy House, with the serene blue waters of Lake Agawam beyond. It could almost still be the fabled years of the Southampton summer colony as you pass magnificent gardens and the charming outbuildings, which looks unchanged from those days.

Back in the 1920s, when Normandy House was built, Southampton society was slowly changing. The old guard Protestant society was being stormed by newly wealthy Irish, names known even today, such as Murray and McDonnell. (There was some pushback from the older families. "Oh, so you're a Catholic," said a Southampton lady to Mrs. Murray. "That's what my cook does on Sundays. She's taught me quite a lot about the Catholics.")

Judge Morgan O'Brien was the first of the rich Irish to build a Southampton summer home--he put up a house that looked like a yellow pagoda on Lake Agawam. Normandy House was built for his son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth O'Brien. Designed in 1923 and constructed over a seven-year period, Normandy House (then known by the un-euphonic "Château O'Brien") was one of the French-style buildings put up by architects Polhemus & Coffin, known for their traditional French-style buildings in New York, as well as Long Island's Gold Coast and the Hamptons during the early part of the 20th century.

Normandy House is built on the site of another house that burned down, which belonged to Charles Barney of the banking house that later became Smith Barney. The driveway through the apple trees is actually shared with the neighboring house, Windswept, which was owned by AB Boardman, partner with the O'Briens in the law firm of O'Brien, Boardman, Conboy, Memhard & Early. Boardman sold his previous house, Villa Mille Fiori, to his law partner Judge Morgan J. O'Brien, when he had Polhemus & Coffin design Windswept for him.

Kenneth O'Brien seems to have been something of a Gatsby figure. The book Real Lace: America's Irish Rich describes him thus: "Extraordinarily handsome [...] He is said to have been the prototype of a character in O'Hara's Butterfield 8, the splendid-looking judge's son who is sent to Yale for social polish, and then to Fordham Law School to gain local political know-how. Kenneth O'Brien made a brilliant marriage--to Clarence Mackay's daughter, Katherine--and joined his father's law firm. But he drank too much; and was not too successful as a lawyer. [...] his drinking and high living led to his eventual divorce and early death."

The O'Briens were divorced in 1937 and Château O'Brien, later christened Normandy House after its style of architecture, was sold.

Today, one wonders what the O'Briens would make of the house's current up-to-the-minute glamorous interiors. By New York-based designer Tony Ingrao, they've utterly transformed the dignified old place. The busy wallpapers of the past, the swagged window treatments, the fussy chintzes--all have been swept aside in favor of soothing creams and statement modern furniture. The old-fashioned boiserie of the office area has been stained a striking black; the dining room's centerpiece is a stunning crystal sputnik chandelier with a nod to midcentury style. Of course, perhaps the best parts of the living areas are the beautiful views of the gardens, the lake and acres of lawn, all landscaped by Edmund Hollander.

One of the more pleasant aspects of the house is its livable scale. Unlike many new builds, there are no wasted, cavernous, empty spaces. There are five bedrooms upstairs-not a huge number these days (although, of course, you can always stash relatives in the guest house). All the bathrooms have been renovated with luxurious fittings, with a spectacular master bath with an enormous shower and soaking tub, and a smaller bathroom with marble penny-round tiling. Magnificent, charming, timeless indeed. 

Property of the Week: 370 Fowler Street, Water Mill
January 10, 2020
"If there is magic on this planet," Loren Eiseley said, "then it is contained in water." And can such magic be better revealed than when the Atlantic Ocean is your backyard and a string of picturesque ponds are your front yard? Closing just before Christmas, for close to last ask of $27.5 million, with Douglas Elliman agents Erica Grossman and Ray Smith, 370 Fowler Street in Water Mill is located on one the most magical and coveted ocean roads in the Hamptons, where an exclusive mile of sandy beach is enjoyed by eight stunning oceanfront estates, and accessible only by private drive, this is a truly unique palatial setting surrounded by pristine waterfront. Perched amidst the dunes in the exclusive Southampton enclave of Fowler Beach, this 9,000-square-foot, five-bedroom estate comprises more than three acres of some of the most breathtaking property in the Hamptons. The unobstructed 360-degree views of the ocean and Jule Pond serve as the focal point of design, as panoramic waterfront vistas envelop two levels of terraces, stacked circular glass-encased bedrooms and expansive first- and second-level entertaining areas. [caption id="attachment_73366" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Photo: Douglas Elliman PR[/caption] Upon entry, the double-height foyer leads upstairs to entertaining areas that take advantage of the grand views. The open floor plan includes an oversized chef's kitchen with breakfast nook, covered porch, dining room and living room with fireplace, plus two more strategically located en suites, one of which is an opulent master with an oversized sitting room with fireplace. The first floor includes a den with fireplace, three en suite bedrooms and a lounge with bar leading outside to an incredible entertaining area. The covered terrace is complete with an outdoor media room with fireplace and an amazing outdoor kitchen that would be the dream of any chef. On the opposite end of the heated pool and spa, along with a pool house that includes a living room, bathroom and kitchenette. Sporting its own boardwalk atop the dunes, this estate makes no concessions when it comes to luxury. "At three-plus acres and with more than 300 feet of frontage, 370 Fowler was one of the best deals remaining on the ocean in that area in 2019," Grossman and Fowler said. "The property has a lot of options including a renovation as well as new construction capabilities. We are so happy for both the sellers and the buyers." [caption id="attachment_73369" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Photo: Douglas Elliman PR[/caption]
Wednesday Martin
My Hamptons: Best-Selling Author Wednesday Martin
January 09, 2020

Best-selling author Wednesday Martin's most essential accessory these days is neither her Birkin bag nor her iPhone. It's her fluorescent pink clitoris necklace. It could be easily confused for a Keith Haring figure or even a fishing lure to the uninitiated, but Martin uses the erotic sculptural bauble as a teaching tool and visual aid. Martin is notorious for her hilarious, wise and revelatory Primates of Park Avenue, a examination of the parenting practices of the extreme elite in the wilderness that is the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In her 2018 book, Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust and Adultery Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free, Martin uses anthropology and sociology--and some keen Hamptons observations and research--to deconstruct every cliché we have been taught about female sexuality.  

BTH: Describe the Hamptons in three words.

WM: Lush, louche and luxe 

BTH: Where do you spend most of your time in the Hamptons?

WM: We have had a house in Sag Harbor for years now. It's my stress relief. We go throughout the year, but I try to stay there the entire summer. 

BTH: Tell us about your latest work.

WM: For the last few years, I have been researching female consensual non-monogamy. Everything from the cliché that men have more of a libido than women to the prevailing scientific knowledge about the structural network of the clitoris. It's much larger than any of us were taught! I interviewed dozens of experts. I engage in participatory observation. I went to an all-female sex club called Skirt Club as research for Untrue. For Primates of Park Avenue, I went to PTA meetings and hung out at the playground.

The bridge between Untrue and Primates grew out of an article I did in The Observer called "Gay Until Labor Day," where women in the Hamptons in considerably heterosexual relationships were having affairs with their female trainers. Female sexuality is flexible. It was more than a few people who told me this and none of the experts I interviewed were surprised.

BTH: What are the best places for people watching in the Hamptons?

WM: I stay away from parties. At BookHampton you can observe the Hamptons power structure, and I love Sag Harbor because it doesn't have many chain stores. Buddha Berry is its own cross-section of Hamptons culture. Everyone from Carl Bernstein to the nanny who stole the husband last summer, add that to an environment where parents overindulge their children. It's like your head explodes. 

BTH: Give us your advice for a Wednesday Martin Hamptons experience.

WM: Prioritize your pleasure. As women, we punish ourselves calorie-counting and going to exercise classes.

What's in, What's Out: 2020 East End Home Décor Trends
January 08, 2020

Remember when brightly colored shag carpets, wallpaper borders and beanbag chairs were in vogue? With each passing year, home décor trends come and go, so keeping up with what's in and what's out can be difficult. Thankfully, our expert East End interior designers and home stagers are happy to share their 2020 predictions, helping us keep our Hamptons and North Fork homes looking trendy all year.

What's IN for East End homes in 2020?

We think there will be more color and floral or botanical themes introduced in fabrics and a continuation of sustainable fabrics and furniture as well as crypton-type performance fabrics, for easy cleaning and wearability. We see some painted cabinets for kitchens and gold and brass finishes for handles and plumbing fixtures. We'll continue to see deep soaking tubs in bathrooms and more integrated lighting--motion detector lighting under the vanity, for instance. We think stone will turn to warmer hues, using travertine and quartzite. For furniture, we see mid-century modern trending as it incorporates clean and simple lines reflecting our clients' need for simple life on the East End...However, we do see a mix of modern, eclectic and traditional pieces working together for a cohesive design.--Diane Bianchini, Dream Windows & Interiors

An eclectic mix of styles! Clean lines will still be important, but antiques or pieces with the appearance of age or patina will be mixed with the modern, creating a more welcoming environment...One of the new big trends I'm seeing is the use of jewel tones. Deeper blues and teals could start appearing on the East End, as the influence of the '70s is appearing in showrooms.--Shannon Willey, Sea Green Designs

We'll see more natural materials and earth tones used in design finishes and furnishings. Everything from lighting to furniture accents, which will include wood grains and light metals throughout the home. With a desire to connect with nature, what has been typically utilized in outdoor décor has moved inside the home.--Susan Orioli, NoFo Real Estate

The use of natural, modern and organic elements such as wicker, rattan, bamboo, metal, jute, sisal, natural stone and even driftwood table bases reminiscent of the '70s. Lots of texture! It's a softer, more curvilinear look than the modern trend we've seen in recent years...We've been in a flux time as far as metal finishes go. For example, cabinet and bathroom hardware and light fixtures have seen a trend from polished chrome to satin or brushed gold over the last few years. I still see black and bronze being popular as well. However, I predict this year we will see the use of mixed metal finishes.--Allegra Dioguardi, Styled and Sold Inc.

What's OUT for East End homes in 2020?

We think gray will finally be trending out, and farmhouse design has had its day.--Diane Bianchini, Dream Windows & Interiors

Gray floors are being replaced by white or natural stains and warm brown tones--same with furniture finishes and fabrics.--Shannon Willey, Sea Green Designs

A design trend that will be out on the East End is the traditional dining table in the kitchen or even the elimination of the formal dining room. Many homebuyers on the East End are seeking more relaxed, comfortable seating and a more casual eating space to feel relaxed, and, thus, they may opt to convert the formal dining room for another use. White subway tile has been overused recently in new builds and renovations, and it will become less popular in 2020.--Susan Orioli, NoFo Real Estate

I see a trend moving away from true grays and toward warmer neutrals such as beige, tans and warmer grays in 2020.--Allegra Dioguardi, Styled and Sold Inc.

Property of the Week: 119 Newlight Lane, Bridgehampton
January 02, 2020
The Hamptons has long been a showcase for the cross-pollination of the new with the old. Perhaps the most abundant examples of this fact resides in the homes of the East End, where traditional takes and modern amenities, new looks with classic touches, so often come together to create something special. Such is the sensation stepping through the front door at 119 Newlight Lane in Bridgehampton. "It's a super-special house," says James Peyton of the Corcoran Group, who has the $8,995,000 listing, of the 8,500-square-foot home, where over the three levels there are seven bedrooms, eight full baths and two half baths, with the living and dining rooms separated by a two- story timber frame. Master bedrooms located on the first and second floor boast large walk-in closets, spa baths with custom J Geiger shade installation and private outdoor spaces, while the 2,500-square-foot finished lower level offers media and recreation areas, a gym with spa and sauna, and a seventh guest suite. "The house itself is a work of art," Peyton exudes. "The post-and-beam structure in the middle of the house is made from reclaimed wood from a company in Montana, and that's structural, so it's interesting to have the modern wrap around with this traditional feel. Most moderns these days are a bit colder, but here, with the black trim and the reclaimed beams"--plus three indoor gas fireplaces and one wood-burning outdoor fireplace--"it's a warm, contemporary modern." The location, always among the East End's most desirable, has been on the rise of late, Peyton notes--"South of the highway has had a very good uptick since Labor Day, from $9 million to $50 million"--but what truly sets this property apart, he adds, is its pedigree. That comes from the collaboration on this latest project from Rich Parello of Perello Design & Build team and Rich Wolf, notably of the Tao Group, in collaboration with architect Mike Hill of Studio 3H in New York City, who has done all of the group's restaurants and clubs. Wolf, whose hospitality venues all exude a definitive feel, an atmosphere that expresses Wolf's vision of style and luxury, was very involved in this home's creation, Peyton points out, and the property embodies that same creative spirit inside and out. Overlooking the world-class equestrian facility at Campbell Stables, the home offers a resort-style pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen, sun deck and architecturally inspired pool house overlooking a sunken tennis court, all on 1.4 acres manicured acres. "Richie is really involved in the design and aesthetic and making if feel like this 'wow' resort-style home," Peyton says. "It's not a traditional Hamptons home. The house really has a modern, city feel to it. It's a little more avant garde."
Jerome Robbins' Bridgehampton Home Sells for $12.5 Million
December 27, 2019
The Bridgehampton home of iconic choreographer Jerome Robbins has been sold for $12.5 million. The property at 139 Dune Road had been owned by the Jerome Robbins Foundation since Robbins' death in 1998. Listed by Martha S Murray, Marilyn Clark and Frank Newbold at Sotheby's, the home is one acre with 118 feet of oceanfront. The 2-bedroom/2.5-bath house has wraparound decks, massive stone fireplace, 45-foot pool and a private path to the beach. Proceeds of this sale go to the Jerome Robbins Foundation's ongoing support of the arts. Jerome Robbins was one of the most prolific choreographers in Broadway history. His shows included On the TownBillion Dollar BabyHigh Button ShoesWest Side StoryThe King and IGypsyPeter PanMiss LibertyCall Me Madam and Fiddler on the Roof. His last Broadway production in 1989, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, won six Tony Awards including best musical and best director.
Real Estate Professionals Reflect on 2019, Look to 2020
December 20, 2019
Hamptons real estate professionals have had a big year, with significant sales and big listings making headlines throughout 2019. Now, the East End real estate community reflects on 2019 and looks ahead to 2020. I think the biggest surprise was the new rental law that doesn't understand how short term and seasonal rentals work in many parts of New York State and the effects it has on both homeowners and tenants. It unfortunately didn't think through the implications it would have on our market and hopefully will soon be rectified. Secondly, the increase in movement of the luxury home segment. As we progress into 2020 and onward, the next decade will continue to see shifts in the way real estate business is transacted and the way buyer search for their properties. We must embrace these changes and challenges to continue to better serve our clients--Doug Sabo, Nest Seekers International What has remained surprising in 2019 is the fact that there is so much money in the stock market, mortgage rates continue to be historically low, and yet the luxury market in the Hamptons (and overall in the Hamptons) was not as robust as one would expect. It's apparent that buyers just don't want to overpay in a softening market for a discretionary vacation home, especially with such a slowdown in the Manhattan market. Sellers who priced their homes to sell, however, had much better luck at getting to the closing table. Some buyers are still waiting for the market to go down even more to get better deals. What I've learned in this business is that you just can't time the market. By waiting, you can miss out on some amazing opportunities. I think buyers are starting to realize that. While the first three business quarters were down by double digits, the fourth quarter--normally a slow selling time--has been surprisingly very active. Hopefully, this is a good omen for kicking off 2020!--Aimee Martin, Saunders & Associates 2019 was a great year, after a bumpy start in January. It's been my biggest selling year yet, and I'm looking forward to all that 2020 has in store with the ongoing renaissance taking place in Westhampton Beach. So regardless of the chatter, home purchases continue to be a good investment in the Hamptons.--Natalie Lewis, The Corcoran Group I was surprised by the resilience of the market during a year that struggled. Personally, I had a bidding war on one of my listings in Montauk with only two bedrooms in the main house that sold for almost $18 million. Another Montauk sale of vacant land nearby sold for $9 million. It had been on the market previously for several years. A sale of a 4-acre estate in Kean Development's Olde Towne in Southampton Village, that had been asking $35 million, was later joined by the sale to my same buyer of the adjacent 4-acre vacant lot--that hadn't been officially on the market--for $13 million. One of my buyers bought one of my listings that came with a renter for around $10M; and then got an amazing price for an August rental after the tenant vacated. The rental market for 2020 kicked into gear much earlier this year with some pricey decisions already made for all or part of the summer season. In November and December, I have been seeing some great new deals by brokers all over the market as I too negotiate some of my own listings. I believe you'll see some surprising closings in January/February. This points to great expectations for 2020.--Gary DePersia, The Corcoran Group The biggest surprise this year was, without question, the way the market shifted into a gallop as the leaves began to fall. While we heard from many of our colleagues that the market languished well into summer, this was a fall to remember. Strong. Active. Solid. Exciting. We'll leave it to the pundits to explain the many variables that led to this upturn, but for now we are pleased to have shared our confidence in the Hamptons market with our many sellers and buyers alike. Serious sellers are getting solid offers, and buyers are getting fair value. A balanced market is always our best market. With this great fall behind us, we head into 2020 with great expectations. We encourage sellers to "Get Real." Let your brokers list your home at a reasonable price­--the most important thing you can do to get this behind you. Buyers, do all the homework you want, but trust your broker to lead you to a reasonable offer. You can and will get fair value in this active market. All in all, we want to be the first to declare that we honestly believe that the market we're heading into will one day be remembered as the roaring '20s.--Ann Ciardullo and Keith Green, Sotheby's International Realty The market was brisk at the start of 2019! I found the political environment took a bit of a toll on the market. That said, 2020 is poised to be a stellar year. Global tensions are easing, and consumer confidence is expected to be on the upswing. I wish everyone a joyous holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you all in 2020!--Sherri Winter Parker, The Corcoran Group ​I was pleased to see that the number of transactions and pricing were not substantially affected by weakness in our feeder markets. The price range from $750,000 to $1 million saw a large increase in activity when compared to years past. Buyers below $1 million were more selective and negotiated harder than in the previous two years. What surprised me was to see that the number of closings and contracts written over $1 million are down about 20% in 2019. The highest price paid for a luxury residential home on the North Fork was $3,025,000 according to MLS data. Years past have seen more activity above that price point. Development Rights Intact Land and commercial property saw an increase in activity and interest. Looking forward, the North Fork market will remain busy below $1 million. Above $1 million will continue to be impacted by the challenges of the loss of SALT deductions. Interest in Development Rights Intact land and commercial property will remain as strong as it was this year.--Thomas McCloskey, Douglas Elliman First, I am very excited to enter into 2020. I think we have overcome a lot of uncertainty and we are at a great time in history in the market with low interest rates, good inventory, and an extraordinary place to live and enjoy life. I think the biggest surprise/happening in the market in 2019 was how the crazy increase in the stock market did not translate to the confidence in the real estate market. However that ship seems to be turning very slowly and people are finally recognizing the opportunity that exists in Hamptons real estate. Another interesting surprise was how the new rental law which was clearly designed for year-round tenants, but also applied to our season rentals created such a disruption. We are all complying however and are very excited to move to a very successful 2020!--Martha Gundersen, Douglas Elliman After more than three decades as a broker on the East End, this is the first time I can recall Wall Street hit a series of records in 2019 yet the luxury market on the east end was soft. I used to say our markets were "umbilically" connected--I can't say that after this year, in my opinion the geopolitical climate changed the game rules here. As we enter 2020, the uncertainty of our agreements with Mexico and Canada and separately china seem to be finding neutral ground--two of several distractions that hold buyers back from feeling comfortable enough to make such large purchases, which at times is a luxury item.--Judi Desiderio, Town & Country Real Estate For me, 2019 started out with a lot of uncertainties in our marketplace‎! I love my business, so I just stayed focused and worked harder. I will never forget the Spring season having several listing systems to now use as our tools for information. It was clearly three times the work! Then as the Summer season heated up, finally the market picked up and we saw many listings that were on the market for years finally go to contract and trade. This year is ending much better than it began and I have more closing in December than in the past years. I believe in 2020 the market will continue with a good balance of inventory and trading at market prices. No one wants to overpay for anything these days when we have access to a wealth of information. New real estate technology is going to come out more than ever in 2020! However, it is based on a year round marketplace and users will still need the insight of a knowledgeable broker in "The Hamptons" Resort market.--Maryanne Horwath, Douglas Elliman With over 20 years in real estate, the biggest surprise for me was the market in 2019. With the economy at an all-time high, low interest rates, record unemployment, low inflation, real estate just didn't mirror what normally should have been an auspicious year as in the past based on the data. There were many theories as to why, i.e. the new salt law to price corrections. However, going into 2020, there has been an upswing in the number of homes going into contract. As such, I feel, the New Year should be strong since most people are now moving from a "wait and see" position to one of wanting to live the Hamptons lifestyle.--John Christopher, Sotheby's International Real Estate