What makes one of the most successful real estate professionals tick? This month we find that out in an exclusive conversation with Mark Baron, a real estate broker with Brown Harris Stevens and an invitation-only member of Luxury Portfolio International.
Hamptonites have been getting a glimpse into your professional life all summer. What gives you juice in your personal life?
Spending quality time with my wife and soul mate, Susan, and our two mini golden doodles is definitely my top priority. Susan and I just celebrated our 22-year anniversary. Of course our favorite pastime is spending time on the water.
What’s something people might not know about you?
We both have our U.S. Coast Guard 50-Ton Master license.
What has truly stood out for you this year that’s new and fresh in the Hamptons?
The Farrell show home on Lawrence Court is probably the best design I’ve seen. The open-concept layout and the seamless transition to the outdoors are spectacular.
When showing homes, what features excite you the most these days?
The outdoor living amenities. Your home can become almost resort-like, where you don’t really have to leave to get what you want. Ample patios, pool houses, outdoor kitchens, huge grounds—privacy and safety are key to people, so by incorporating outdoor amenities and smart-house technology, you can have it all—including safety.
What are your personal thoughts on your partnership with Jane Babcook?
It’s a terrific partnership built on trust and support! It’s why we’re so successful. It’s also an excellent balance. We definitely complement each other, and play off each other’s strengths.
What does the winter have in store for you?
I’ll be taking my motor yacht down the East Coast and leaving it in Florida so we can commute back and forth. It’s an easy getaway, and I look forward to taking in the culture and sights and scene along the way.
It may be a little-known fact that you’re living on your boat this summer. What’s the best part of that?
Being in tune with nature and the elements has a great calming effect on me and creates the perfect balance with my business.
What’s still on your bucket list for this summer?
We’re looking forward to taking our yacht to the city and seeing the skyline from the boat. Steering my own vessel around the Statue of Liberty means the world to me. I count my blessings that I’m an American, and I am proof the American dream is alive.
Brown Harris Stevens
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker