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Bradford Goven

Bradford Goven
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

14 W. Montauk Hgwy
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Office: 646.715.5790

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Bradford Goven Real Estate Development LLC.

Bradford is a Long Island native, hailing from Northport, N.Y. He attended St. Anthony's High School in Huntington and is a graduate of Skidmore College. The love of real estate was passed down to Bradford from his maternal great grandfather, who owned many commercial buildings in Kings Park, Long Island. As a youth, Bradford watched the potato farms and fields be replaced with sub-par tract housing clad with vinyl siding and poorly insulated paper thin walls. This fueled an interest in him, to create beautiful, eco-friendly homes that were historically inspired and architecturally appropriate. He came to the Hamptons several years ago and established his office in the heart of Southampton Village at 116 North Sea Road, across the street from the Southampton Post Office.

Bradford presents to all the brokerage firms, from Saunders, Elliman, Sotheby's & Corcoran to Nest Seekers, Halstead Properties & Brown Harris Stevens, on a weekly basis. In these presentations, Bradford has informed brokers that currently, there are is not a lot of new construction inventory available in the $1mm - $3mm range. Therefore, if they have clients from Manhattan or elsewhere, seeking a Hamptons home at this price point, they must begin contemplating teardowns. In 2015 the only feasible way to move into the Hamptons villages is through the purchase of a tear down in the village of choice and building a custom home.

Bradford's determination and experience have helped him to penetrate the exclusive Hampton's Real Estate Community. From the potato fields of Northport to the rolling farms of Haygrounds, Bridgehampton, it is all the same beautiful Long Island topography. Bradford Goven is a fixture in the Hamptons, and he will continue on his path of developing historically appropriate and eco-friendly luxury Hamptons homes.

Bradford was asked to join a panel of experts in Real Estate to discuss what makes a house a home. You can see him pictured below. This was published in the July 2013 issue of Hamptons Magazine.



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Michael Braverman's Roundtable: What Makes a House a 'Home'

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Roundtable experts, FROM LEFT: Marcia Altman, Nick Martin, Jay Flagg, Michael Braverman, Roxine Brown, Bradford Goven, and Daniel B. Scotti.
MICHAEL BRAVERMAN: What are the three best ways to individualize a house and make it a home?
DAN SCOTTI: Assemble the materials over time; don't spend a long weekend in one store shopping for every sofa, chair, and accessory. If you get [pieces] when you're traveling, that would help to personalize it.
BRADFORD GOVEN: Reclaimed materials can warm up your house. You want to incorporate an antique barn beam or vintage hardwood flooring as accents to really make your home unique.
MARCIA ALTMAN: Color—everyone feels good with a certain color around them; so when you put that color around, you'll feel very much at home.
NICK MARTIN: When you're looking at budget, you want to figure out what makes the most sense to do with your space. The best way to try to create some interest in your house is to listen to your heart, and you'll find what's important to you, whether it's a library, a gym, or a fancier kitchen. Make that really the core of your house.

MB: If someone is looking to sell or rent a house, is it better to keep it clean and white or to have it more personalized?
ROXINE BROWN: There's a very fine line between being generic and personalizing to the extent that it will take you away from something that's rentable. There has to be some level of personality to that house to set it apart from the masses available out here.
JAY FLAGG: It's best to keep your home universally appealing, and using things like open floor plans, which encourage human interaction. A big red line is accumulating too many items, having too much furniture, having a situation where the house does not breathe, and somebody cannot see themselves living in that house.
DS: When I'm staging a house, I create little vignettes that will make potential buyers feel positive thoughts. For example, in the entrance there might be a nice basket of beach towels. They can imagine themselves coming back from the beach when they see that. Or if a golfer comes in and sees a set of Callaways, he or she can imagine coming home after a round of golf. Those are some ways to personalize a home but also create positive feelings for prospective buyers.
MA: The first impression that the buyer has is what the house looks like when you first walk in; they can make the determination whether they're interested in the house right then and there. The other important aspect is smell. It should smell clean, not like a musty old rug that was your grandmother's.

MB: How would you rate decorating verses architecture versus landscaping in improving a house?
RB: All of the elements and how they work together are important, but I often find that the landscape is the missing link. As a homeowner, I focus on creating the dreaminess of living in a beautiful Hamptons home and enjoying their outdoors.
NM: People really do live outside in the Hamptons, and you want to create a connection between the kitchen and the public spaces in the house with the outdoors. If that requires some architectural adjustments, whether it's opening a wall, adding some French doors, or hiring Roxine [Brown] to do the outdoor spaces, it's important.

BG: I believe all three are equally important and complement each other. You should create a team that is open to collaborate and compromise their individual vision for the good of the overall project. Bridging the living space between your interior decoration and your outdoor landscape should be taken full advantage of. Plan ahead. Get your design team on the same page right up front and have weekly meetings to update each other on all aspects of the build or renovation. I also highly recommend having an energy audit done. There are many simple things you can do, like sealing up air leaks around window frames and doorways, that can help you save thousands on your heating and cooling bills. With an energy-efficient home and proper air filtration systems you can have the best of both worlds-great design and modern 'smart home' functionality.

MB: If I want to improve my house, should I do it myself or should I hire a professional?
RB: Chic is never cheap, so often we try to do things ourselves and don't take the advice of a professional; then we end up doing it twice. For example, if you have an eye for landscape, great. Use that eye, but hire someone to help you do the installation who will understand what height to plant a tree, or years from now, what tree will be gone.

DS: The same holds true for interior design. There are many who have an eye for color and texture but don't have the experience with space planning, furniture layouts, etc. Consult with an interior designer at the beginning of a project so you can know how the furniture plan lays out.

BG: It's imperative that you collaborate with the professional, and you get your own ideas across. It's your home. Make sure your voice is heard and get your "must have" checklist addressed by your design build team. I would like to reiterate it's also a great idea to bring in a professional energy consultant to audit your home or your new construction build. You can design with green building science as your platform. There's a lot we can do to make our houses greener, with better indoor air quality. The technology is here and it just makes good sense for our planet, so why wouldn't you build a green home?

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