‘Selling the Hamptons’ features high-end LI real estate brokers
Long Islanders JB Andreassi and Michael Fulfree are among the realtors starring in the new Discovery+ series “Selling the Hamptons,” which premieres early Thursday on the streaming service. The two appeared in the similar 2020 Netflix show “Million Dollar Beach House.”
“The similarities,” says Andreassi, 31, born in Riverhead and raised in Water Mill, now from Southampton, “you have three of the same cast members, including Peggy Zabakolas, raised in Commack, “and the same company production. And of course, they both talk about the Hamptons real estate. But the difference, “he believes, “is that this show is much more polished and I think it is appropriate, showing the lifestyle that surrounds it, going to the various local restaurants, the beaches – things that weren’t captured in the other show”, which was half an hour long versus around 45 minutes in the new one. “And I think Michael, myself and Peggy have a lot more experience in what we do.”
Along with Kenny Arias, Mia Calabrese and Bianca D’Alessio of Nest Seekers International, they’re rolling and selling from East Hampton to Westhampton, from Sagaponack to Sag Harbor, with homes listed at $35 million before the bidding war even begins. begin. Here, says Bronx-born Fulfree, 32, an Arthur Avenue kid raised mostly in Centereach and now living in Center Moriches, “people worth hundreds of millions of dollars, traveling privately, come from all over the world ” to buy .
Why do individuals who are so often deprived agree to splash out on reality TV? “Luckily a lot of these guys want to experience something different,” says Fulfree. “Even when you’re worth billions of dollars, you can’t just say to yourself, ‘Oh, I want to be on a TV show.’ Money can’t buy that experience. And so often they will go with it.”
Fulfree and Andreassi are friends from when they played football at Saint Anthony High School in South Huntington, where they graduated in 2008. Fulfree went on to become an international model, working on campaigns for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and other designers and living for a few years outside of Milan. Son of John and Elaine Fulfree, he has two brothers: John, a lawyer, and Steven, who works for the data company Oracle. Michael and his wife Samantha have a 2.5 year old son, Luca.
Andreassi, the son of local promoter Joseph Andreassi II and Donna Andreassi, played football at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire before graduating to work in marketing for the National Hockey League and then as a sales consultant and leasing with the real estate firm Related Companies in the Washington, DC, area. He works with his brother, Chase, in a side business, Andreassi Development, successor to their father’s business; their sister, Hannah, works in PPC (pay-per-click) internet marketing.
“JB is very humble and he doesn’t tell you all the crazy accomplishments of his family,” Fulfree said. “So there are two streets in the Hamptons named after JB’s family: Andreassi Way and Hannahs Court,” both in the North Sea. “Andreassi Way pretty much went by the name Chase,” he says, “and Hannah got Hannahs Court. And JB, we laugh at him all the time that what he named after him is the word Wi-Fi password from his parents’ house.”
That said, he kindly adds, “There’s no Fulfree Way there.”