Randi Balls Little Black Book Guide To Amagansett – Daily Front Row
Meet Randi Ball, Corcoran Power Agent and loyal Amagansett Local. Ball and her husband Steven moved full-time to Amagansett 12 years ago looking for “something new” – and found it in abundance in the charming beach town. The mother of two has noticed an influx of townspeople and young families who have permanently relocated to the east over the past year. With that in mind, we called her to find out her secret tips that probably won’t be a secret for long!
How do you spend your morning
I always start my day with some kind of exercise. I appreciate the beauty of Amagansett so much, so one of my favorite things to do is meet my friends for a long walk after school. These are my friends I met when I moved. They are an important reason why I was and am so happy to live here.
Why did you fall in love with Amagansett and what should people know?
When we moved here we were an anomaly but we were made to feel welcome. At the time, it was unusual to move from Manhattan to Amagansett. But with COVID, the number of new families in the area has increased, and it is no longer uncommon to live here full-time. This has definitely changed my sleepy town in many ways, both in season and off-season. Amagansett seemed too far and boring for most, but now it’s definitely the place!
Where do we find you on an average day?
When I’m not walking from town to town and showing houses, I’m staying local. When I’m not at a dinner party with friends, we often find each other at [Mexican restaurant] Coche comedor. A perfect summer day is all about The Clam Bar. Want me to share one of my Amagansett secrets? If the lines are tough at Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop has no lines and pretty good coffee! They have the best panini sandwiches too. Nowadays, Amagansett is not just the city best known for the Stephen Talkhouse venue – the talkhouse will always be our # 1 treasure.
What other small businesses do you enjoy helping?
For lunch, Amber Waves cooks more than fabulous meals using locally grown ingredients. I can (and do!) Spend hours driving from Amber Waves Farm to Balsam Farms during the spring and summer. Every real Amagansett girl knows that Vicki’s Veggies fruit and vegetable stand is a lifesaver too. I’m so impressed that I’m even trying my own cut flower and herb garden – another first for this Hamptonite!
Any favorite boutiques in the area?
I support local shopping and everyone who knows me knows I love shopping! Ganeaux and Tina the store pick me up every time. The French press is unbeatable for beds. But where I have no self-control is the clean beauty shop and wellness boutique Botanica Bazaar. I also like to spend time in my friend Heidi Hume’s new shop, Sunshine. It really feels like sunshine inside!
What’s the great thing about living in Amagansett full time?
Being near water at any time of the year is a gift. The sea air is so healing, especially in the dark winter. I quickly became Amagansett’s figurehead and was asked many times to speak to families who are considering the big move. To prove my love for this life, I even got two dogs!
Why is Amagansett ideal for families?
I loved raising my boys – who are now 13 and 17 – in Amagansett – and they loved it too. They grew up outside, learning the basics of farming and fishing, and their playground was the beach. You both have best friends; There is a crazy bond when you go to an elementary school with an average of 12 children per class! It is a known fact that Amagansett children take care of one another forever. It is an overwhelming sense of pride that I am a part of this special community and so are my children. I’ve always loved knowing that my group of friends and our children gather in a house until late every Friday after school. Life just got so easy and fun!
What made you buy your house out here?
We have lived here full time for 12 years but my husband and I originally bought this property 22 years ago while we were dating. It wasn’t my dream home, but it was absolutely my dream place. As I come from the city, driving was not my forte, so being close to the sea and being close to a city was very important. I was looking for a low key beach vibe and just wanted to shop in the dunes. I saw two houses and bought one on my first day. After having our first baby, we did a huge expansion and renovation with Bates Masi Architects. Now, 15 years later, we’re doing it again with Grayson Jordan and Eleanor Donnelly. I can never move from “my place” – I tell all my buyers: “Let’s find your place and put a flag in it.”
What should people know about the real estate market by now?
This year is proving to be another booming Out East real estate market, and I have had a great year so far. If you asked me what is fashionable, I would say anything is possible. We are becoming more and more a diverse community. The fun part is finding the right lifestyle for each individual because every city feels so different. Going through the training process with a new buyer is what I love most. Location means different things to different people. And my location has always been Amagansett.
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