Katie Couric on Why House Hunting Is Like Dating

What I Love  by Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, August 26, 2016 If the real estate agent hadn’t counseled prudence, hadn’t suggested checking out a few more properties, Katie Couric would have put pen to check as soon as she saw the gray cedar-shingled seven-bedroom house in East Hampton, N.Y. “I do think there’s a certain kind of chemistry between a house and an owner,” said Ms. Couric, 59, the global news anchor for Yahoo, who just started a podcast and who is the executive producer and host of a National Geographic Channel documentary on gender. “You walk in and you can kind of envision your life there. It’s like a first date. You know in the first 30 seconds. I thought, ‘This could be a nice, happy place for my family.’ ” Reader, she bought it. But the 2006 transaction was bittersweet — the end of a chapter, the Read More …

House Tour: East Hampton, $1.9M

I was amazed at the soaring ceilings and amount of daylight flooding into this big-feeling house. Roomy and thoughtfully designed— it exists all on one floor for easy living if climbing stairs is not an option. And it has a huge finished basement, as big as the footprint of the house, which is ideal for a home theater and entertainment center. It’s also tucked way back into a quiet driveway and enclosed for total privacy and peace, yet resides just on the edge of East Hampton village. For 3,200 square feet of indoor space, it would be a great value with the very minimum needed to make it your own. Take the kitchen, for example. It has beautiful counters with flecks of black. Just re-finish or replace the cabinets with black ones and set out copper pots and it would have an instant wow appeal. With an open floor plan Read More …