Hamptons Real Estate: 5 Agents for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Billy Joel and More

6:00 AM 4/18/2019

by Beth Landman

Even with the market down 20 percent, nine-figure sales dot the East End landscape – "Never Never Land," as one dealmaker calls it — as Matt Lauer buys, while A24's Daniel Katz nabs a rental.

This 14-acre property in Southampton with 700 feet of oceanfront is listed by Harald Grant.
This 14-acre property in Southampton with 700 feet of oceanfront is listed by Harald Grant.
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Even in a market down 20 percent since 2016, the Hamptons can still wow with staggering prices — one Meadow Lane property in Southampton just listed for $150 million. Yet there are deals to be had. "This is definitely a buyer's market, and the Hamptons are always a desired destination,'' says Compass' Lori Schiaffino. THR gets the scoop from five of the area's top dealmakers.

  • Susan Breitenbach

    CORCORAN

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    Richard Gere's North Haven retreat, Strongheart Manor, was at risk of wallowing — listed in 2013 for $65 million — before Breitenbach quickly brokered a deal with her client Matt Lauer for a little less than $35 million in 2016. She also sold Billy Joel's oceanfront spread in Sagaponack in 2014, and more recently helped find a $10 million home for Jennifer Lopez in Bridgehampton.

  • Paul Brennan

    DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

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    Few people know the Hamptons better than Brennan, who was raised on his father's Bridgehampton potato farm and now runs the Douglas Elliman office there. In March, he closed on a deal to sell deceased playwright Edward Albee's home in Montauk for $20 million (Ralph Lauren is the rumored purchaser), and he recently sold Eothen, the Montauk estate owned by Andy Warhol (who paid $225,000 for it in 1971) for $50 million.

  • Harald Grant

    SOTHEBY'S

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    The former horse farm manager joined Sotheby's Southampton team in 1987, and he's now selling the Meadow Lane compound for $150 million. He's sold a Bridgehampton home to Pink Floyd's Roger Waters (which wound up mired in legal controversy over water access). One client recently gave Grant's family from Norway use of an oceanfront house he was selling. "They couldn't believe it,'' he recalls. "If you don't live in Never Never Land, you find the lifestyle extraordinary."

  • Lori Schiaffino

    COMPASS

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    In Schiaffino's first year, 2015, she scored the Hamptons' largest transaction, an East Hampton waterfront property that sold for more than $57 million. The broker, who began her career working for former Warner Bros. CEO Steve Ross on a documentary about Quincy Jones, sold a Georgica home to Jay-Z and Beyoncé for $26 million in 2017.

  • Michael Schultz

    CORCORAN

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    Schultz has found a classic shingle cottage for Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, and a Charles Gwathmey-designed modern for producer Justin Wilkes. The broker is not above hunting for rentals. Last summer, he found a Montauk contemporary for Julianne Moore, a shack on the ocean for Sunset Tower hotelier Jeff Klein and producer John Goldwyn, and a Sagaponack home for A24 co-founder Daniel Katz.

    This story first appeared in the April 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.