The inside scoop on East End real estate

From rumors of the beautiful Jennifer Lopez moving into a $10 million dollar, 8,500-square-foot-mansion mansion in Water Mill to discovering the past lives of popular area brokers, we've got all the details on real estate gossip.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Clearly he never went to an open house in the Hamptons, where people are drawn to careers in real estate with the promise of sky-high commissions and luxury German-made cars. Many area brokers, it turns out, have led fascinating past lives—tennis pro, hand model, and comedy club performer, to name a few—and often come from the ranks of fashion, finance, publishing, and the first wives’ club. The payoff of their second acts? East End real estate agents don’t merely sell the dream of the Hamptons, they live it. And what could be wrong with a second or even a third act when it involves living and working in America’s summer playground? Consider the case histories that follow, and you might be trading Wall Street for Wainscott before you know it.

Lora Nelson
CURRENT LIFE: Licensed salesperson, Town & Country

PAST LIVES: Creative director of DDB Worldwide, where she helped make Juan Valdez a household name for Colombian Coffee and also worked with clients such as Volkswagen, Chanel, Porsche, and IBM; executive producer of the movie Grey Gardens: From Documentary to Broadway

MOMENT OF REFLECTION: “In advertising I was always thinking strategically about what the client wanted. It’s the same with real estate: You have to find exactly what the customer wants. I love the Hamptons, and being away from New York doesn’t bother me one bit. I don’t miss the subway and a million people in black looking at their phones.”

Patrick McLaughlin
CURRENT LIFE: Associate broker, Douglas Elliman

PAST LIVES: Senior producer, Fox News Channel; producer of Good Day New York; producer for The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, MTV, and PBS-WNET

MOMENT OF REFLECTION: “TV is so fast-paced, and you’re managing difficult personalities, deadlines, and pressure. In real estate, no deals are easy anymore. The producer in me knows how to put the pieces together to make the deal, and the paths of people in these two worlds often cross over, which is nice.”

Noel Love
CURRENT LIFE: Licensed real estate salesperson, Saunders

PAST LIVES: Promoted talent like the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin for Motown and Polydor Records; worked with the Beatles while they were recording The White Album and helped establish Reginald Dwight (a.k.a. Elton John) in the U.S.; owned a company that worked with rock and roll greats like Aerosmith, Metallica, and Def Leppard; worked as general manager of the American Hotel and Bobby Van’s

MOMENT OF REFLECTION: “I dealt with powerful people in the music business and still keep in touch with that world. I was passionate about that business, and now I’m passionate about real estate.”

Jane Gill
CURRENT LIFE: Real estate agent, Saunders

PAST LIVES: Discovered at age 16 by Diana Vreeland, Gill modeled for Vogue and was often featured in Bruce Weber’s early surf and ski photo shoots; she later became the face of Ralph Lauren in the 1980s

MOMENT OF REFLECTION: “Working with people like Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, and Steven Meisel, I learned to train my eye. We were always shooting in great homes and locations. Now I’ll get a call from a contact asking, ‘Can you find a house for my friend? Because you have great style.’ And I always know just the one.”


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