Real Estate Roundtable: The Hamptons in Hollywood Lights

Inspired by the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, the local experts on our Hamptons Real Estate Roundtable turn their eyes toward the silver screen to share their nominations for the best real estate movies of all time. And the winners are…

“My favorite real estate movie by far is the 1992 classic Glengarry Glen Ross. The movie depicts four real estate salesmen and what they have to do to save their jobs. Every emotion, challenge and frustration of the profession is brought out by superb acting. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin and Ed Harris. Need I say more?

My other favorite classic is Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, a 1942 movie starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Anyone who is building their home or even thinking of building a home, this is not to be missed.”—Alan Schnurman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Saunders & Associates

Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton…the dream beach house and the kitchen everyone wants. I went into the library today to look for a movie relating to this question and the librarian said the most asked-for kitchen is from this movie. I was surprised that the librarian knew that trivia.

Next is Ina Garten from TV’s Barefoot Contessa…the image of a fresh herb garden, picking as you are barbequing or marinating herbs. The beach or the Hamptons is the ‘escape.’

Under the Tuscan Sun, where Diane Lane buys a dilapidated villa in Tuscany, hoping to make memories, family dinners, beautiful weddings and lots of friends.

That’s what we’re all about in the Hamptons…memories, extended families meeting and getting along, enjoying the moments, and also some heartache, such as with building or renovation projects. But it’s like childbirth—you forget and remember the good times that are shared. It’s such a phenomenal feeling, even after 15 years as I’ve been representing clients homes for sale and working with customers, to enjoy a drink or dinner and see everyone’s smiling faces and hear their stories of guests and families.”—Lynn November, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Glengarry Glen Ross—Because coffee is for closers…oh so true in the Hamptons. And American Beauty.”—Maz Crotty, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Nest Seekers

“1. Field of Dreams—Because it’s so true: ‘If you build it, he will come’

2. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House—Teaches about buying with your heart vs. proper due diligence

3. Neighbors—Well, everyone has them, so…”—Andrew M. Lieb, Esq., MPH, Lieb at Law, P.C.

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