The opportunity to buy a new home in Southampton is finite,” notes Steven Dubb, a principal of the Beechwood Organization. Add the fact that the market for year-round properties in the $1 million to $3 million range is growing and the impetus becomes clear for Beechwood Organization’s newest undertaking, Bishops Pond Southampton Village, a collection of luxury villas, townhomes and single-family homes.
Beechwood brings a long list of successful communities to the table, but Bishops Pond is its first footprint on the East End, and “the crown jewel of Beechwood’s Premier folio,” according Dubb, who is also the project executive for Bishops Pond. These condos are not just for summer, as luxury homes in the Hamptons often are—they’re intended for year-round living, aimed at those who “appreciate a resort-style lifestyle where they focus on quality time.”
Along these lines, Bishops Pond’s strongest focus is on luxury living, noting the demand among buyers for services to take care of landscaping, maintenance or even shoveling snow. Its concierge services include—but are not limited to—grocery and clothes shopping, housesitting, travel arrangements, laundry, pet services, car service and even appointment scheduling. Homeowners pay for these services in monthly or yearly packages, designed to accommodate every imaginable need, no matter the demographic—buyers come from New York City, New Jersey and across Long Island, and range from “empty nesters to families with young children.” Homeowners began moving in this spring, with more than 80% of the community sold already.
The homes themselves, Dubb adds, boast “super deluxe finishes, from millwork and wainscoting to 11’ ceilings, designer countertops and wood cabinetry in designer kitchens and bathrooms, and the beautiful light that the Hamptons is known for, streaming through large windows and airy floor plans.” These homes are divided into five styles, ranging from single-floor villas (starting at $1.1 million) to three-level townhomes (hitting the $3 million mark but more than doubling in size, at approximately 4,800 square feet). Every style grants access to the clubhouse, which features a fitness center, swimming pool and tennis court.
Steven’s father, Michael Dubb, founded the Beechwood Organization, and developed 60 communities across the New York metro area in the last three decades. Steven professes to share Michael’s desire to continually improve upon the homes they build. “I don’t ever feel comfortable resting on my laurels, and I’m always looking for the next project and the next challenge. It’s a trait I picked up from my father.”
Another is the underlying ideology behind their projects. “I have this philosophy that I can make a good living by working harder than my competition and building great homes that people are willing to pay a premium for; not by saving a few hundred dollars here and there, skimping on things. I think you can succeed in this business by being honest and by treating people nicely, so hopefully that bears out.”
The Dubbs guide each step of the homebuilding process personally—from the blueprints to the actual construction. “It can be tough at times,” admits Steven, “because as a builder you’re really in two separate businesses—construction management and real estate. The breadth of areas you have to manage and the workload that comes with it can be exhausting. But conceptualizing a project on paper, getting it approved by a municipality, seeing buyers embrace it and then to actually build it, that’s an incredibly rewarding feeling that makes the job worth it.”
Bishops Pond Southampton Village is located at 140 Magee Street, Southampton. More information is available at bishopspondsv.com or by calling 631-283-2077.