CATCHING UP WITH PATTY OAKLEY + BRIAN LEICHT OF SAUNDERS & ASSOCIATES
How did you two link up?
Brian Leicht: So many times people form solid working relationships by being at the right place at the right time. That is what happened to the Oakley-Leicht Team. Both of us found our way to Saunders in Southampton Village after spending time at other firms. When I joined, I was assigned a desk next to Patty. We became friendly and at some point our business just got so busy that we started to help each other with customer and client appointments. We’re now heading into our sixth year as a team, and we wouldn’t want to have our business model any other way.
What is your realtor’s model?
Patty Oakley: To represent our clients and customers to the best of our ability. We enjoy connecting with them on a personal level to get to know who they are and how we can help them find what they need. We believe the backbone of any successful business is to be knowledgeable, honest, ethical, and professional.
Patty, as an East End native, how do you describe the evolution of the Hamptons over the years?
Oakley: So much has changed over the years in the Hamptons. As the technology world has evolved, so has life Out East. Doing business from home or commuting a
couple days a week to an office has opened up a lifestyle that was thought to be impossible for many. This luxurious destination is no longer just a summer hot spot; it’s a year-round place that has drawn in such a diversified population from all over the world.
What key steps should a buyer take once they find their dream home?
Leicht: The next steps can be some of the most important in securing a house for our clients. Depending on the situation, the process may need to h
appen quickly. So we need to make sure we have everything in order as quickly as possible. The price, terms, and conditions need to be negotiated. We are strong negotiators. Choosing an appropriate attorney that has knowledge about local laws and codes is crucial. Home inspections need to be performed to determine the true condition and safety of their purchase. Finalizing a contract so that it’s signable can be hard at times, but being able to communicate and work with all involved leads us to victory!
WE HEAR… that Paulina Poriskova, Ryan Serhant, Steve Madden, Lauren Graham, and Sydney Sadick will be among the authors at this year’s Author Night on August 12th at Herrick Park Field in Easthampton. Tickets are available for purchase at authorsnight.org.
DIG IN… to Scott’s Protein Balls,
a healthy protein snack founded in 2020, created by co-founder and CFO Scott Levine for his wife, Lori, who, after a battle with breast cancer, was looking for a clean, low-sugar snack that was truly healthy and tasted great. The indulgent refrigerated 100 percent plant-based protein balls are allergen-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, nutrient-dense, and made with no preservatives and superfood ingredients. They are available in seven flavors, including peanut butter cacao, mint chocolate chip, brownie batter, confetti, snickerdoodle, java peanut butter, and red velvet. scottsproteinballs.com
BUY THIS: DE BEERS ENCHANTED LOTUS PENDANT IN YELLOW GOLD AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL
This 18K yellow gold and diamond necklace combines the symbolism of the lotus flower with the iridescence of yellow mother of pearl. The lotus motif is composed around the prong-set round brilliant diamond at its center, encircled by a halo and petals in micropavé diamonds. This elegant arrangement sits atop yellow mother of pearl, which is believed to be a protective stone. On its reverse, the pendant bears a single round brilliant diamond for a modern and simple alternative look. The flower motif is 14.5 mm wide, and suspends from a 45.0 cm chain, with a sizing loop at 42.0 cm. All the materials within this piece, including the diamonds totaling ~0.28 carats, are ethically sourced and set by hand. DeBeers.com, $3,650
DECADES RETURNS TO THE EAST END
Decades, the renowned vintage retail store spearheaded by Cameron Silver, is returning to Sage & Madison in Sag Harbor for the second-annual East Coast summer fashion residency. Look for the following brands on these dates:
ST JOHN: July 16–23
JIL SANDER: July 24–31
LIBERTINE in collaboration with Portuguese high jeweler ROSIOR: August 1–7
ETRO: August 8–15
MARNI: August 16–September 4
NEW STORES TO SHOP…
Louis Vuitton, Easthampton
Mad Happy, Easthampton
Jones Road Beauty, Easthampton
Ramy Brook, Southampton
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
JULY 22: At the Muses in Southampton, come party with the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation at its 14th Annual Unconditional Love Gala. SASF will be honoring Jon Ledecky, co-owner of the N.Y. Islanders, and Matter Meeker, co-founder of Bark. Tickets are available at e.givesmart.com.
Calling Hamptonites + Palm Beachers!
From Palm Beach to the Hamptons… Erin Sykes and Elizabeth Bowden, both of Nest Seekers International, have teamed up to manage real estate transactions between the Hamptons and Palm Beach. With so many shared residents, the partnership is a natural extension that aides in client transparency and synergy. Erin is based in Palm Beach and Elizabeth in Southampton. Both also transact in NYC.
Hamptons Fine Art Fair: July 13-16, Southampton Fairgrounds
Join the annual curated art fair for art enthusiastic Hamptonites! Make sure to stop by Abby Modell’s Contemporary Art Glass featured in Booth 104. The talent will be presenting her Galaxy Collection of hand-blown glass featuring three-dimensional wall art and large sculptural objects.
AT HOME WITH TIM DAVIS
Real Estate Power Broker at The Corcoran Group
Tim, the Hamptons season is in full swing. Any new updates on the buyer’s market?
We remain quite active with sales as some new inventory has come to market in the past 30 to 45 days.
What’s the rental market been like?
The rental market started out strong, then cooled off considerably. Tenant pools making offers for partial season periods and some owners are adjusting their pricing.
What’s the No. 1 question buyers are asking you?
Given my 43-year career in the Hamptons real estate market, they inquire about historic trends and how this market relates.
As a resident of the East End for decades, what makes the Hamptons so special during July 4th weekend?
Fourth of July weekend is focused on time with my family and especially my grandchildren—Main Street parade, beach, boat, pool, fireworks, and good food with local produce.
Go-to spot for watching the Hamptons fireworks?
I’m fortunate enough to live in a beautiful location along the bay and can see 10 to 15 displays through the evening when it turns dark.
So many reasons to celebrate!
July 5 National Bikini Day
July 11 National Mojito Day
July 15 National I Love Horses Day
July 16 National Ice Cream Day
July 17 World Emoji Day
July 22 National Hammock Day
July 24 International Self-Care Day
July 25 National Wine & Cheese Day
July 26 National Bagel Fest Day
July 29 National Lipstick Day
DAUPLAISE x SYDNEY SADICK
Get your hands on the latest installment of our editor-in- chief jewelry collab with Dauplaise: a five-piece line of Chiffon Flower Chokers in soft blue,black, bright link, metallic gold , and cream. Featuring a 4-inch ciffon flower on a 12-inch grosgrainribbon necklace with a gold 3-inch adjustable extender chain. $28,caroldauplaisejewelry.com