Neck of the Woods

From South Florida to the East End of Long Island, we tap two locals for an insider’s look at the top spots in the hottest areas of the country.


Sasha Benz, the owner of a mini fashion empire in Montauk, is always au courant with the latest trends and places to be out East.

Lite Bite
“For breakfast, it’s a no brainer: Bluestone Lane. Always,” Benz explains. For a snack on the go, she also recommends Joni’s Kitchen for a quick and delicious bite.

Shop Wise
“No matter if you’re looking for an outfit for a day at the beach or a night on the town, Wyld Blue is a one-stop shop. Anything from Chanel purses to Gucci kids’ shoes. We have it all.”

Lobster Salad with a View
With many choices to eat out, dinner with a view is a must. “Not only does Dureyea’s have the best seafood in Montauk; the views can’t be matched.”

Night Moves
Surf Lodge is where you’ll find her at the end of a long day. “The best live music venue by a long shot, with a stage allowing you to be feet from the performers and incredible waterfront views.”



Long-time Aventura resident and top Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty Associate, Scott Patterson, shares why so many are interested in these three unique maritime cities.

Prime Location
From its deep-water canals to its unique location between two major cities and airports, and its incredible beaches, Patterson says, “Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Aventura are the places to be.”

A Maritime Culture
“Regarded as a ‘Boater’s Paradise,’ these unique areas offer an opportunity to be outside the hustle and bustle, but not far. You can pair a city lifestyle with a quiet and comfortable waterfront home.”

A Culinary Delight
“The finest world-class cuisine is all around you,” says Patterson. “The waterfront dining options are endless, and there is always something new to try.”

Style Savvy
Home to Aventura Mall, and with Bal Harbour Shops not far away, Patterson is certain that “you can enjoy some of the best shopping in the world and find all that you need to stay in style.”


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