When an Agent is Selling Something Personal: His Home

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15 Deerwood Path in SagHarbor. Peter Moray / Douglas Elliman photos

The real estate market is always in flux. Residential and commercial properties across various styles and price points come and go and real estate agents see a revolving inventory as part of their everyday lives. Every so often one of these properties is more than just working on behalf of a buyer or seller, it becomes personal. This is the case for Douglas Elliman licensed associate real estate broker Paul Brennan and his listing, his own home, at 15 Deerwood Path in Sag Harbor.

“This is a project I did that I fell in love with,” Brennan says of the ultra-modern home. “I had the property for quite some time. [Architect] Fred Stelle is a friend of mine, and we built this from the ground up. I’ve built about five houses, most of which I have sort of lived in and sold, but this one I am not living in at the moment… though I may wind up there.”

The home was designed by Stelle Lomonte Rouhani Architects of Bridgehampton. Brennan and Stelle have built three homes together, two of which were modern in design and the other a renovation on an older house. The pair have become friends and share similar ideals — Brennan was instrumental in establishing the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund in 1999 and Stelle is a long-time conservationist, serving as a trustee of the Long Island Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Modern architecture is at the core of the firm’s work, and a style Brennan has grown to love through living on the East End.

The light-filled living room at 15 Deerwood Path.

“Having grown up here on a potato farm, one of the qualities I loved most about the area was the visual landscape,” Brennan shares. “The fact that you could see forever. All of that has changed significantly and so I like glass as a result. I like the inside-outside effect.”

Walls of windows in this Sag Harbor home create that desired effect of inviting the outside in, and offers views of the natural landscape. The 3,000-square-foot structure was built on nearly 1.8 acres of property, though it presented some challenges. There are wetlands on the property as well as clay, posing similar trials a builder would experience with a waterfront property. Brennan worked with the Town of Southampton to ensure the home was built properly to protect the surrounding area, including revegetation. Though it took longer than initially anticipated, the home was completed this past summer.

The home was designed as if Brennan were going to live in it. There are four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, and other various spaces centered around easy yet sophisticated living. Marble, top quality appliances, modern and quality furniture, and more were added to create a turnkey, modern, contemporary home.

“I love the pool,” Brennan says. “It’s kind of interesting. It’s not huge, but much more intimate with the outside. The home itself doesn’t feel overwhelming. It makes you feel comfortable and all the spaces are very generous. I love it.” He adds with a laugh, “I live in Sagaponack now and have to say I’m thinking of becoming a next North of the Highway-er.”

Brennan’s ties to the East End run deep. His father was a potato farmer in Bridgehampton, and he can trace his ancestry back to Southampton’s founding in 1640. He’s a trustee of the Bridgehampton Historical Society and The Nature Conservancy, and serves on the board of the Southampton Hospital Foundation. Notable dealings include buying and selling houses for Michael Bloomberg, Calvin Klein, Mickey Drexler, and more, and Brennan recently represented playwright Edward Albee’s Montauk home as well as a former home of Andy Warhol. While he has been behind some impressive sales, Brennan says selling his own is much more personal.

“The difference is that for me obviously when you’re selling your own home, you have an emotional attachment,” Brennan says. “Everything in the house I did as if I were going to live there.”

15 Deerwood Path in Sag Harbor is on the market for $2.65 million. For more information, call Paul Brennan at (631) 537-4144.

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