For These 9 Brokers, Hamptons Real Estate is a Family Affair



In the Hamptons, real estate is a family affair.An essential talent of any real estate agent is to work with families to find the home of their dreams. So who better to understand the family dynamic than brokers bound by blood? Brothers Cody and Zachary Vichinsky started off at Corcoran Group Real Estate several years ago before founding their firm, Bespoke Real Estate, in 2014. “We’ve always joked that together we make the perfect business person,” says Cody. “I’m a little more extroverted, which helps when dealing with clients, so I work on the buy side a lot. Zach is managerial and works more on the listing side.”

The family dynamic is also central to the successful trio of Ed Petrie, his wife, Julie Wolfe, and their son, James Petrie, who moved from Sotheby’s International Realty to Compass last year. “Our clients feel comfortable with the three of us,” says the elder Petrie, who has been in the business for more than 30 years, “and James has known most of my customers since he was a kid. If I’m not available, Julie or James usually are.”

Sometimes, though, individual family members need to take flight in order to realize their full potential. Both Matthew Breitenbach, who learned the real estate ropes while working at Corcoran with his mom, super-broker Susan Breitenbach, and Jonathan Davis, who helped dad Tim Davis (one of the top ten brokers in the country) make the shift to digital at Corcoran, have left the nest in recent years. The younger Breitenbach, who made the first sale of his real estate career—a large Victorian in Sag Harbor that went for $2.8 million—while his mom was on vacation in 2006, was recruited by Douglas Elliman Real Estate early last year and now heads his own team there. “She was always number one, and I had no problem being the Robin to her Batman for a time,” he says. “But I was ready to blaze my own path.” Jonathan Davis, who moved to Brown Harris Stevens in March after launching the real estate and lifestyle magazine On the Inside, says the lessons he learned from his father—understanding a client’s needs and the ins and outs of running a business—were invaluable. “I’m a little more of a risk-taker,” the younger Davis says. “If I have a good idea, I’ll go with it.” Despite some rumors, both splits were amicable, and both Breitenbachs and Davises continue to refer each other and team up for co-exclusives. And Matthew Breitenbach professes that his relationship with his mother is stronger than ever before. “We’re not always talking about work now,” he says.

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17 Brush Island Road, Darien, CT
Sitting elevated on 1.23 acres with 430 feet of shoreline, with private dock and sandy beach, pool with automatic cover, green roof garden, extensive landscaping and terraces, this custom 7,900 square foot family home exudes warmth and country elegance with water views from nearly every room. With a breathtaking master suite, and incredible architectural and artistic details throughout, Brush Island is a year round oasis where outside spaces integrate seamlessly with unique natural surroundings.



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NO RESERVE AUCTION. Fully Renovated
4 Bedroom Federal Home in
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A coastal gem! Historic home reimagined with no expense spared. Famed architect Jack Franzen and designer Tom Scheerer have created a truly stunning masterpiece of colonial living. Marvelous views of Southport Harbor, Long Island Sound, and the Country Club of Fairfield golf course. Take a stroll to Pequot Yacht Club, shops, restaurants and the train. This seaside home is the ideal New England estate.



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Lake Front Compound in Greenwich
Private compound on 5.7 lakefront acres in the estate section of Greenwich CT. Meticulous attention to detail with luxury finishes and extraordinary workmanship seen throughout this 9 bedroom Georgian Colonial. Guest House with professional recording studio and living quarters. Extensive terraces and gardens, pool, pool pavilion all overlooking lake with its own island.



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53 Myanos Road, New Canaan, CT
The Gratwick House was designed by Mid Century architect Victor Christ-Janer and further enhanced and improved by important architect/owner Harvey Kaufman. Built in 1953, this 3,696 SF 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath home sits on a rise with gorgeous views of a stunning oval swimming pool. Large entertaining spaces with floor to ceiling windows look out to a sweeping lawn in back and manicured courtyard to the side. This house is the perfect culmination of architectural significance & livability.



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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony. Call Ileana Barns Slavin Associates-William Raveis at (203) 246-7215.

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