John McHugh, a Global Real Estate Advisor and Associate Broker with Sotheby’s International Realty, began his real estate career in 2001. An expert in the luxury market, he has represented and sold numerous high-end properties throughout the Hamptons, including several notable oceanfront listings. HRES got the chance to sit down with John for a brief Q & A.
Q: What do you like to do in the Hamptons…after selling real estate of course?
A: My wife and I do almost everything together. We enjoy a brisk walk in the morning into East Hampton village for our morning coffee and to start the day off with a bit of exercise. In the afternoon we are known to hop a ferry on our motorcycle to Shelter Island and then take a ride back to Montauk to catch the great views. We like to go to art gallery receptions in the Hamptons. There are so many talented artists in this area, and we enjoy viewing and collecting art. Of course, spending time with friends and family is on the top of our list of things to do.
Q: The Hamptons is a unique market with many exceptional properties. Do you have an exceptional listing you can tell us about?
A: All of my listings are exceptional in their own unique way. I would like to highlight a remarkable waterfront property on Shelter Island. The magnificent 23,000+ sq. ft. estate built in 2007 showcases panoramic views West into Coecles Harbor from its highest point. Every detail of the home was done with the utmost class and style. The house sits on over 7.5 acres, and enjoys year round waterfront sunsets. A true feast for the eyes!
Q: How would you describe your selling style?
A: I come into each deal knowing that every scenario poses a different challenge and that each buyer and seller has a diverse set of parameters. I give all my clients and customers the utmost attention: a buyer and seller in the $3 million range are just as important as those in the $80 million range. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say that my style is “innovative.”
Q: Have you always lived in the Hamptons? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you here to the Hamptons?
A: I grew up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I started coming out here when I was young, though I guess I really didn’t appreciate the sheer beauty of the Hamptons back then. It was probably back in the late 90’s that that all changed. I was renting in Montauk on the ocean when it hit me that I had to move here. I packed up my apartment on 72nd and the East River, and I never looked back. The rest is history.
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