I began my career as a personal assistant to President Jimmy Carter in 1979. I was in the White House during the Iranian Crisis and Billy Beer saga…Studying ornithology and insects at the Smithsonian at night, I was eventually backed on an Amazon expedition (by the Smithsonian) to collect samples. I arrived in Miami with 25 cents, amoebic dysentery and rhinoceros beetles the size of my hand (still alive). I then headed north above the Arctic Circle to photograph polar bears in Kotzebue and after some incredible adventures, I decided to call it quits before I was kidnapped, shot, poisoned, drowned or eaten.
I returned to New York in 1983 and opened the Surf Club which became the most famous nightclub in NYC since Studio 54. Eventually opening the Zulu Lounge, Surf Club Southampton, Surf Club Atlanta, and Surf Club Dallas. We sold more champagne than any nightclub in 1994. After 10 years of fun and non-stop laughs, I decided to settle down and eloped with my wife-today, Terri.
Thus, I began my real estate career in 1996 working in Watch Hill, RI., selling exquisite, 19th-century summer cottages for two years.
But it was time to move! So with a lot of help from our friends and neighbors, we turned our 20-room summer cottage into a Decorator’s Showhouse with the intention of donating all the proceeds to a local charity (and eventually selling it). (My late mother was a founder of the Kips Bay Boy’s Club Decorator Showhouse in New York) with that said many of the top decorators in the country (Mario Buatta, Mark Hampton, Anthony Browne) signed-on to exhibit their amazing, colorful designs. Traditional Homes featured us in a full-magazine spread in 1998. We then purchased a famous plantation on the Mississippi River called Como Plantation in St Francisville, LA. It had a 6-mile driveway and 2 miles of Mississippi River frontage. We were determined to make it a tourist destination for the Mississippi and Delta Queen until we realized that with two young children and no cell phone service and the nearest school being 36 miles away that it was time to sell. We sold it to Gov Edwin Edwards in 1996 who used it as a high-stakes poker retreat.
We moved to Charlottesville in 1997 where I began practicing my singing and dancing (a la Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones and Fred Astaire) and in 1998 produced a one-night-hit-Broadway-show called: Girls, Girls, Girls.
By now my children were 3 & 5 and they both agreed that it was time for me to settle down…Thus began my illustrious Charlottesville real estate career. At this time, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor and Redfin did not exist. And with my limited seo knowledge, I threw up 21 web sites and ranked 20 out of 21 in the number 1 position on Google! Wow, what a mistake…I was out with 2-3 new clients seven daze a week. I almost went coo-coo. My greatest joy was selling Montebello (in Orange), the birthplace of Zachary Taylor and the last privately-owned Presidential home.
When the market crashed in 2008, I purchased a 35 ft RV and headed to Clearwater, Florida. The transmission blew 12 miles from my RV Park…and after almost 24 hours I was eventually towed to my camping spot 20 ft from the bathrooms. I moved from park to park and spent years renovating and flipping houses.
All in all, with over 37 flips/renovations and over 100 luxury homes sold, I can say with confidence to YOU that I will save you a lot of money on your next purchase. I have learned my trade!
So let’s get together sometime and preview some Charlottesville luxury homes. My forte is in negotiating and getting you the lowest possible price (I’m from New York!). So talk to you soon….Best, Toby 434-327-2999