Real Estate Broker of the Week: Chris Foglia keeping the Hamptons market hot

If you’re in need of a Hamptons home, Chris Foglia is your go-to agent.

As a real estate broker, Foglia made it his mission to know the ins and outs of Hamptons real estate. Foglia has been in the real estate business for 29 years, making a name for himself in the Hamptons market, building up amazing customer service skills while familiarizing himself with the area, as well as waterfront regulations, building codes and FEMA standards.

“My wife was doing it before that,” recalled Foglia. “I was helping her for years before I started in real estate myself, so I’ve been involved in the business for over 30 years.”

Though his focus is primarily on the East End of Long Island, he knows that plenty of clients from Manhattan “truly appreciate the quiet and privacy that the Hamptons have to offer.”

“After spending most of the year in the hustle and bustle of the city, spending the summer on the beach here is exactly the escape they are looking for,” he said. “Growing up in Queens, Manhattan was always the best place to go for all kinds of entertainment and the Hamptons were the place to go in the summer to relax and recharge. Now residing here full time, possibly my favorite part of selling real estate in the Hamptons is helping my Manhattan customers find the perfect home to spend their restful summers in.”

Foglia joined the team at Compass in May 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though the lockdown had been in full swing by the time he joined on, Fogler was able to use his skills to get people into homes in the Hamptons.

Prior to the pandemic, Foglia saw that buying a home in the Hamptons was more of a “want” rather than a “need” for many of his clients.

“For years, it’s always been a second home market,” said Foglia. “In the last 28-29 years, only a few sold houses were for a year-round home, it’s almost always a secondary home.”

However, amid the pandemic, Foglia saw those needs shift.

“The pandemic created a need and a buyer who was motivated to buy not just a summer home, but needed an escape,” said Foglia. “It filled the void we already needed and churned desire into a necessity. The market in the Hamptons just exploded, everyone wanted to be here.”

During his time at Compass, Foglia has sold a number of Hamptons homes. One of his listings included 29 Shore Road in Remsenburg. This five bedroom home sold for $1.9 million in May 2021.

The home is a Hamptons delight, complete with an in-ground pool, a brand new kitchen with Viking appliances, and multiple living areas with fireplaces. The home is also within walking distance of the bay and the Westhampton Yacht Squadron.

29 Shore RoadPhoto via Compass

Also, in October 2020 Foglia sold 38 Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach for $4 million. This rare find is less than half a mile from both the Village and the beach, a heated in-ground pool, an all-weather tennis court, and a raised-bed vegetable garden with deer fencing.

38 Liberty AvenuePhoto via Compass

Right now, Foglia is selling a hot property at 113 Dune Road, which is on the market for $9.5 million.

Another great Westhampton Beach find, 113 Dune Road is situated between the bridges on over an acre with 112 feet of oceanfront, a must-have for any Hamptons buyer. The two-story home features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, an open floor plan with a kitchen and a living room with ocean views, a spacious dining area and den, and an attached four-car garage.

The home also features a heated, in-ground pool with a deck and poolside cabana, central air, and a walkway leading right up to the beach.

113 Dune RoadPhoto via Compass
113 Dune RoadPhoto via Compass
113 Dune RoadPhoto via Compass
113 Dune Road

Though the market is unlike anything we have seen before as a result of the pandemic, Foglia remains optimistic about the future of Hamptons real estate.

“The Hamptons are really popular right now. I don’t see it changing anytime soon,” said Foglia.