Carrie, I don’t think we’re in Conneticut anymore!!

Well, it’s been too long since I’ve blogged but I promised some folks I would get back on the horse and start again! So here I am!

First up… good news about real estate. Yes, I can feed the kids! Things are looking up for Hamptons real estate. Houses are actually selling!! But… and you knew there had to be a “but” in there; the good news bad news scenario is more homes are selling… The bad news is all of those lousy properties that didn’t sell before are coming back on the market. Anyway if you want the full details, check out our website for our 3rd Quarter 2009 market report.

http://www.prudentialelliman.com/MainSite/MarketReports/ReportListDetail.aspx?rptType=Hamptons

Meantime, so much has been going on. Yeah, there was news of some town official stepping down… the Blue Parrot continues to disappoint diners… and the Madoff house in Montauk actually sold but the BIG story is.. THE SEX AND THE CITY SEQUEL
WAS FILMING IN SOUTHAMPTON! It is important news indeed. Why? Because the scene they were shooting at Coopers Beach was subbing for a “Connecticut inn.” This is interesting because when it comes to towns where “whale belts” and wearing slippers in public are the fashion norm, most Americans can’t tell the difference. I know I can’t. Meanwhile, I have a suggestion for the sequel that will actually make me want to see it! Have Quentin Tarrentino direct and throw in a subplot about Miranda getting attacked by a great white shark and Carrie gets a job working for a bookie! I thought there were was too little blood and violence in the first one!

Finally…. gosh I don’t know but I’m talking about most these days are the Prix Fixe dinners now available all over town!!! My favorite… Nick and Toni’s is offering a “Freedom of Choice” prix fixe every Sunday all night. Guests may choose either a three-course prix fixe for $30 or a four-course prix fixe for $40, not including tax and gratuity. Also back… the dinner and a movie special; $30 for two courses and a free movie ticket!!! Now I have no excuse for avoiding the movie “Couples Retreat” since technically I won’t be paying “two cents” to see it!!

SPIN, SPIN, SPIN…. BUT NOT TOO FAST! WE HAVE RULES AGAINST THAT IN THE HAMPTONS!!

I’m sweaty and I’m in pain… and that’s the good news. For those of you just coming out east for the first time since last year, Zone Hampton has undergone some changes. Gone are the old stationary spin cycles, and in are RealRyder Core Balance bikes. According to local legend (Sam who does the check in) these bikes help you burn up to 30% more calories than a normal spin class. I need to burn more calories too… my closet is starting to look like the “huskies” section from MEN’S WEARHOUSE. The manufacturers web site states that this bike “It tilts, turns, and banks like an outdoor bike–works out the core, upper body, legs, cardio, and improves balance the way other indoor cycling bikes can’t.” The first time I tried to get on I fell off the bike, which is better than falling off the wagon!

I went Sunday, Wed and this morning and I feel like Grandpa Walton. Zone Hampton is great, the instructors are fun and the occasional star watching is fun too; Matthew Broderick was in one of my classes and Renee Zellwegererereazzxer… you know the chick from “Jerry Maguire” has been spotted. This in spite of the fact she came skillfully disguised in hat and sunglasses (which must have caused even more sweating). If you happen to know Ms Renee, tell her shouting and squealing like a mouse caught in a glue trap can blow your cover! Anyway, more information about the classes? Go to… http://www.ridethezone.com/.
While going fast at spin class is good… going fast anywhere in the Hamptons is very bad. The Hamptons have always been a bad place for future Andretti’s but this year it seems worse! They’re are speed traps everywhere!!! I mean EVERYWHERE! If you don’t carry a fresh box of Krispe Creme donuts I advise you all to mind the speedometer. So… what are you to do… keep the following in mind:
-East Hampton… don’t go down Race Lane on weekend mornings if you have an expired inspection sticker. The town police are often there checking every car that goes by.
-Main St. Sag Harbor, East and Southampton… don’t speed… not only is it dangerous (pedestrians pop out of cars all of the time) but they’re there with radar guns… ALL OF THE TIME!
-Coming into Southampton where route 27 enters into Southampton by Mason Ole or as I call it Mason Ptomaine! Anyway, the nasty signs are gone.. but the speed traps are not!!!
-Finally on Scuttle Hole Rd. in Water Mill where it meets Head of Pond, don’t’ even think of speeding… not only will you get a ticket but you may very well be eating venison for dinner and have a hefty hefty repair bill for the new cracked grill! Personally, I find venison too gamy so I drive the speed limit!
If you don’t want to take my advice and you get busted… I found this website… I’ve never had to use them but i love the address; http://southamptontraffictickets.com/
Finally we’re almost done our sample unit at 21 W. Water St. http://www.21wwater.com/. If you’re on my mailing list don’t worry you’ll be invited to our sunset cocktail soiree in the next week or so! It’s going to be awesome, AWESOME, AWESOME, so make sure you’re on my list and e mail me!! Ciao!

SOMETHING NEW AND HEALTHY… AND FIND YOUR OWN ZEN DEN FOR $7.2 MILLION

Being healthy in Southampton just got a little easier… and a bit more affordable. TODAY, my friends Jessica Greenfield and her husband Dominic Chiapetta (gosh I hope I spelled that correctly) have just opened up Annie’s Cafe and Grocery or as we say in the south of East Hampton, charcuterie. Located on Nugent Street in the village, Annie’s has an awesome menu, great wraps, quesadillas, omlettes, salads and more. I stopped by the other day before they even opened to sample some of the dishes and eat for free (yes, I’m cheap). It was awesome. To give you some idea of what Annie’s is like, think Provisions in Sag Harbor but with friendly people working there. They also carry a full line of healthy groceries, vitamins and fruit drinks and smoothies for a fraction of what some other health food restaurant in the village charges.

Outdoor seating is available and the inside of Annies is comfortable and friendly! GO NOW!!! Buy your vitamins and organic groceries there and save money!

Finally, actor Richard Gere’s Water Mill home has just been reduced from $8.8 million to $7.2 million. This rather expensive blue light special is a beautiful 1890’s farmhouse that has been completely renovated. The house boasts 7 Bedrooms, 10 and a half baths, 5 fireplaces, gunite heated pool with pool house on 1.20 acres. While the house on Halsey Lane it does have distant waterviews. It also features a quaint meditation room on it’s 3rd floor with portraits of the Dahli Lama (this is similar to a meditation room I have in my house with a portrait of a deli and a lama – i know bad joke… but i really do have a cool b+w photo of 2nd Avenue deli in my meditation room). In case you didn’t know Gere and his wife former Bond babe Carey Lowell bought a home in the Actor’s Colony area of North Haven that is currently undergoing renovation.

Got any real estate questions… e mail me!!! Have a great holiday weekend everyone!!!