In honor of WEF 2021, Elliman Insider sat down with Steven Alexander Saumell, of the Samantha Berhringer Team, to find out everything from how his riding history has helped him in real estate to what most people might be most surprised to learn about before buying their first equestrian estate.
Elliman Insider: What is a lesson you’ve learned while riding that has helped you personally?
Steven Alexander Saumell: Riding requires a tremendous amount of patience and repetition. I’m type A personality and I used to expect quick results once I put my mind to something. Riding has taught me that not only do you have to be patient to achieve what you want, but you have to try and try again until you are close to perfection.
EI: Tell us about how your background in riding has helped you build connections with clients.
SAS: I didn’t have your standard junior career in the equestrian sport. I rode at a lower level starting at age 12 and I had to work hard to be able to ride. I knew I wasn’t going to be given horses to ride and I had to prove to trainers that I wanted it. I try to apply this same mindset with my clients. Once you tell me what your ideal property is, I make it my mission to find it for you. Same goes for listing a property. I refuse to stop at the stop sign.
EI: What is a detail about your discipline that the lay person would never know?
SAS: In the hunter/jumper discipline, we are trying to make it seem as though the horse is doing all of the work. In reality, there is so much communication between horse and rider. It really takes multitasking to a new level!
EI: What is your favorite equestrian event of the year and why?
SAS: I personally love the Lake Placid Horse Show. There is something about showing with the Adirondacks in the background. It truly feels surreal. There is also such a competitive history there, especially because of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The town is also your quintessential lake town and who doesn’t love boating on their day off?
EI: What is your favorite part about being in the equestrian world?
SAS: I find riding to be therapeutic—the barn is truly my happy place. The real estate world is a very fast paced setting and the equestrian world helps you take a breath. It’s like hitting the reset button. I find this to be a common feeling with the equestrian sport for clients of mine within multiple occupations as well.
EI: What are the top three things to consider when looking to buy a horse property?
SAS: Make sure the layout of the property suits and fits your needs. It’s almost never a bad idea to have more land than needed depending on your intended use.
Make sure you check your zoning regulations. I have found that clients have big dreams for a property until zoning / planning, HOA rules & regulations, etc. states otherwise.
Location, location, location. It’s never a bad idea to be closer to a show venue when looking to purchase an equestrian property. The value is almost always higher than a beautiful property that may be too far away for someone else. Always think of resale because unfortunately not all homes are forever homes.
EI: What is something horse property owners are surprised to learn about when they purchase their first equestrian estate?
SAS: I would have to say the maintenance; you’d be surprised what goes into caring for an equestrian estate. Also, you might be surprised that the landscaping that works for your aesthetic could have a negative affect on your horse’s health. Try to be aware of what is planted throughout your property and its proximity to your horses.
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Minutes to WEC & HITS! This fantastic equestrian property sits on 66+ lush acres in the heart of horse country. As you drive in, you will notice the matured oaks along the driveway including horse paddocks on both sides of you. You will be immediately greeted by the well constructed 48 stall, concrete, center aisle barn! Each stall is 12 x 12 in size and equipped with individual water hookups. The 3 bedroom 2.5 bath main residence boasts a screened in pool, office, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, open floor plan, and more! There is also a 4 bedroom 2 bath double wide mobile home on the property. Amenities include but not limited to: equine pool, hot walker, 4 round pens (two of which are fenced in specifically for breaking yearlings), 15+ paddocks, barn office with half bath, 2 tack rooms, two indoor wash stalls, and shared ownership to the 3/4 mile track! The back of barn also boasts an abundant amount of storage, perfect for equipment/tractors/vehicles. This property has never been listed before, making it a true gem in the area. Exact room dimensions / floor-plan to come.
Unique Opportunity to be the developer of a your own neighborhood on this just beautiful piece of land. The ability to build 14 beautiful and efficient New Homes on 110 acres, with 3-10 acres per lot in the Mahopac School District. Fully engineered with general approval for future cul-de-sac r sites, with 7 homes on each with two separate roads entrances, plus septic and well. The land is beautiful, quiet and peaceful but extremely close to all the conveniences one would want. Only 5 mins to the Croton Falls Train Station for getting into NYC/ Route 684 and approximately 2miles to Route 6 and the boarder of Westchester.
15 William is a modern and sophisticated condominium residence. It is distinctive and contemporary from the outside; modern, warm and inviting on the inside, with lifestyle amenities rivaling New York’s finest residential buildings and luxury hotels.
This well-designed two bedroom, two bathroom H-line residence measuring 1,373 square feet is the largest two bedroom residence in the building, features great separation of living and dining areas and offers lovely views of downtown New York’s iconic architecture. Located at the end of the hall , the “floor-through” design allows for bright morning light from the east and late-afternoon sun from the west through the expansive 8’2″ double-glazed windows.
The flowing split bedroom layout begins with a large Entry Foyer that opens to a spacious Living Area to the right or the separate Kitchen and Dining Area to the left. The Living Area is large enough to accommodate formal dining or be used as a home office space if desired. The open chef’s Kitchen boasts custom designed white lacquer and stainless steel cabinetry, Ceaserstone counter and backsplash and Blanco stainless steel sink with Vola satin nickel faucets. The high-end appliances include fully-integrated Sub Zero 700 series refrigerator/freezer and Miele Incognito dishwasher, as well as Miele gas cook top and convection oven. Additional features include integrated stainless steel hoods, dimmable cabinet lighting, as well as garbage disposal.
The spacious Master Bedroom suite, facing east and separate from the Second Bedroom, offers stunning architectural views, a large walk-in closet and a smaller second closet. Indulge in the well-appointed Master Bath with exquisitely crafted custom Corian vanity with mirror surround, generous double medicine cabinet with integrated lighting, oversized deep soaking tub, and a separate rain shower and Toto Carolina water closet enclosure. The separate Second Bedroom faces west and also features the same over-sized windows with an adjacent well-appointed second bathroom with tub.
This sleek, contemporary residence features 9’8? ceiling heights, warm Burmese Teak flooring throughout, a built-in home office, Asko washer/dryer, multi-zone climate control system providing heat and AC all year round, high-speed internet, cable television and abundant storage and closet space.
Unrivaled amenities include a stunning resident’s penthouse lounge with wraparound landscaped terrace, private children’s playground, professional screening room, covered dog run, onsite valet parking and Abigail Michael’s concierge services. Nearly 18,000 square feet of space is devoted to fitness and exercise including a natural-light filled fitness center with state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, indoor 50′ heated salt water lap pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna and steam rooms, outdoor half-court basketball, indoor squash court and yoga studio.
Perfectly situated, 15 William Street is a ground-up 320 unit, 47-story luxury high-rise in the heart of the Financial District, surrounded by architectural jewels of the past centuries, chic shopping destinations, sumptuous dining, and all that Downtown’s most exciting neighborhood has to offer. Residents also enjoy quick access to many transit options: 2,3,4,5,6,R subways, bus routes, PATH, Citi Bike stations and NY Water Taxi.
*Sponsor closing costs include city and state transfer tax, mansion taxes, and developer attorney fees. The complete offering terms are in an offering plan available from the Sponsor: 15 William (NY) Owner LLC. File No. CD06-0330. Sponsor address: 15 William (NY) Owner, LLC, 540 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY 10022.
An exclusive opportunity awaits at the brand-new Alfred on Fleet – an innovative, ground-up 12-story luxury condominium developed by Boomerang Building Fund LLC, with meticulous design by Bricolage Design Associates, and sophisticated interiors by Sung Yu Design.
Ideally nestled in the heart of sought-after Downtown Brooklyn, 112 Fleet Place affords discerning owners an incomparable lifestyle and community. Each of the 23 richly appointed one- and two-bedroom residences will showcase the highest quality craftsmanship and design, with a focus on modern luxury, convenience, and ease. Smart-sized layouts span 818 square feet to 1,320 square feet, with floor-to-ceiling windows bathing gracious interiors in natural light. Select units offer expansive private outdoor terraces boasting dramatic views of the Brooklyn skyline.
Among the alluring highlights are an open-concept minimalist design wrapped in elegant white oak flooring, clean lines, and stunning modern kitchens fit for a chef. Each is custom-outfitted with top-of-the-line Bosch stainless steel appliances, ample custom cabinetry, and striking Ceasarstone countertops. Deluxe spa-like baths indulge with radiant heat floors, Hydro System soaking tubs, and sleek Duravit and Riobel fixtures. Heightening the appeal are generous bedrooms, abundant closets for storage, an in-home Bosch washer and dryer, Daikin multi-zone split-system heat and AC, plus two indoor parking spaces and extra storage for purchase.
Alfred on Fleet further entices with a lushly landscaped roof deck with a full outdoor kitchen for mixing craft cocktails or dining alfresco with friends. The ultra-desirable locale is sited mere steps from Trader Joe’s, Target, the local bakery, upscale shops, movie theatres, and more. Lush Fort Greene Park is mere blocks away. Nearby subway lines consist of the B, Q, and R trains at the DeKalb Avenue station beneath CityPoint complex, as well as the 2 and 3 trains at the corner of Hoyt and Fulton, and R along Willoughby at the Jay Street-MetroTech station. With pricing between $950,000 and $1,370,000, there has never been a better time to secure your spot in Brooklyn’s vibrant epicenter.
The complete offering terms are in an offering plan available from the Sponsor: Boomerang Development Fund (Owner). File No. CD20-0104. Sponsor address: Boomerang Development Fund; 68 34th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232.