The Getaway: Where CRE Bigwigs Summer in the Hamptons


Forget the Jersey Shore. Maine or Connecticut might be nice, but as far as summer spots go, the Hamptons in Long Island still reigns supreme as the place for real estate bigwigs during the warmest months of the year.

“Basically we hang out on our property, which, by my definition, qualifies as heaven on earth,” CBRE’s Mary Ann Tighe said in an email. “On those occasions when we leave Hollyhock (the name of our property), we visit my son and his family or my brother and his family, both of whom are about a mile away from our place.”

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Bruce Mosler of Cushman & Wakefield said he spends a lot of his time fishing in Montauk and in his backyard barbecuing. Tighe’s colleague, Stephen Siegel, is also a homebody, enjoying his beach house and the accompanying house parties.

Sure, there has been some backlash against the Hamptons (“We are anti-Hamptons over here at [the] Durst [Organization],” said Durst’s spokesman. “Ferrari-driving douches,” was how Hamptons-vacationers were described by another broker, who chose to remain nameless), but the houses are still roomy, the food is still gourmet and the celebrity gazing remains unparalleled.

And we don’t mean just catching a glimpse of Alec Baldwin at Babette’s in East Hampton or Billy Joel at Topping Rose in Bridgehampton. In the slideshow above are some of the places where the celebs of real estate stay and venture.

With additional reporting provided by Liam La Guerre.

Francis Greenburger
Chairman and CEO of Time Equities

His base: Quogue

Where he hangs: Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue and Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant, Wholistic Tennis Academy in Westhampton, Books & Books in Westhampton and Hampton Arts Cinema in Westhampton
Robert Futterman
Founder, chairman and CEO of RKF

His base: Bridgehampton

Where he hangs: The Bridge golf club in Bridgehampton, The Palm in East Hampton, Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton and Sunset Beach restaurant on Shelter Island
Peter Turchin
Vice chairman at CBRE

His base: Sagaponack

Where he hangs: Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton
Brian Waterman
Vice chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

His base: Wainscott

Where he hangs: Sunset Beach restaurant on Shelter Island, Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, Tutto Il Giorno restaurant in Sag Harbor, Truth Training in East Hampton and Flywheel Sports in East Hampton
Stephen Siegel
Chairman of global brokerage at CBRE

His base: Sag Harbor

Where he hangs: Noyac Golf Club, East Hampton Golf Club, Dockside Bar & Grill in Sag Harbor, Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor, American Hotel in Sag Harbor and BuddhaBerry in Sag Harbor for dessert
Richard Hodos
Vice chairman of retail at CBRE

His base: East Hampton

Where he hangs: Wiborg Beach in East Hampton, Fresno Restaurant in East Hampton, Beacon in Sag Harbor and the East Hampton Grill
Jonathan Mechanic
Partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

His base: East Hampton

Where he hangs: The East Hampton Golf Club, Sportime Amagansett and Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk
Jerry Swartz
Founder of HKS Capital Partners

His base: East Hampton

Where he hangs: Harbor Marina of East Hampton (where he has his boat, Jerrito), Osteria Salina restaurant in Wainscott and Tutto Il Giorno restaurant in Sag Harbor
Bruce Mosler
Chairman of global brokerage at Cushman & Wakefield

His base: East Hampton

Where he hangs: Dopo La Spiaggia in Sag Harbor, Star Island Yacht Club and Marina in Montauk, American Hotel in Sag Harbor and c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton
Mary Ann Tighe
CEO of the New York Tri-State Region at CBRE

Her base: Southampton

Where she hangs: Southampton Bath & Tennis Club