Terry Thompson, left, and Fredrik Eklund, center, with the show's producers and crew in front of a "gambrel" house Terry Thompson
Barn and Vine, a 50-acre development under construction in Bridgehampton abutting the Channing Daughters vineyard, was featured on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York” last night.
The listing of 37 houses, each on half-acre-plus lots, is shared by four agents: Terry Thompson and Aaron Curti locally, and Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes in New York, all of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Mr. Eklund is one of the principals featured on the TV show.
On the show last night, Mr. Eklund visited the property to inspect the generously sized houses that hover around 7,000 square feet and go for up to $4 million. Each includes a Gunite heated pool, two-car garage, concierge services from Chaloners of the Hamptons, and options for pool house, wine cellar, and elevator. When Mr. Eklund returned to New York he held a party at the Gansevoort, a trendy hotel in the meatpacking district, to generate interest in the project. At the party Ms. Thompson was heard shouting, "They were all about, 'I want a gambrel, I want a gambrel.' " She was referring to interest in one of the five house types, defined by its roofline. An annoyed-looking Mr. Eklund voiced a concern about Ms. Thompson's interruption. "Terry's a very aggressive, pushy broker," he said.
As the days went by and no offers rolled in – only annoying questions from potential buyers relayed to him by Ms. Thompson -- “Can a buyer keep horses on the property?” –Mr. Eklund, known for a glum Swedish demeanor, exhibited frustration. But a few weeks later – ta da! – he presented the developer with five offers totaling more than $20 million.