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John Tuohy's MY WRITERS SITE: Happiness ...................: ABOUT THE AUTHOR John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood Unive...

John Tuohy's MY WRITERS SITE: Happiness ...................

John Tuohy's MY WRITERS SITE: Happiness ...................: ABOUT THE AUTHOR John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood Unive...

Cops: Bridgeport drug dealer sold high to wealthy Darien youth

By Erin Kayata

DARIEN — Marking up the price of heroin seven times the market rate to sell to affluent suburban teens cost three alleged Bridgeport dealers their freedom Wednesday.
A dealer who’d been selling bundles of heroin that normally go for $70 to $80 for up to $600 to Darien and other Fairfield County youths was arrested as the result of a months-long investigation conducted by Bridgeport and Darien police.
Joel Jean, 29, of Bridgeport was believed to have been running a drug ring selling heroin and marijuana out of the Black Rock area of Bridgeport. In particular, Jean was selling heroin to youths in Fairfield County suburbs for an inflated rate of approximately $500-$600 per bundle, according to Bridgeport Chief of Police A.J. Perez. Perez also said Jean was selling at least five bundles at a time. According to police, the teens thought they were getting a better product in Bridgeport.
Through a variety of information-seeking techniques, including the use of undercover officers, Darien police were able to identify Bridgeport as the source of local heroin. According to Sgt. Jeremiah Marron of the Darien Police Department, Jean was responsible for supplying a significant amount of heroin to the Darien area.
“It was overwhelmingly apparent that the subject was heavily involved and regularly dealing heroin not only to users and street level dealers, but up [in Bridgeport] as well,” said Marron. “We are always looking for information with a variety of techniques and the big red flag is the overdoses and, to prevent them, we seek out information and corroborate it.”
The Bridgeport Narcotics Task Force, along with the Darien Police Department Selective Enforcement Unit, then launched an investigation into Jean, who was on parole. As a result of their investigation, police were able to obtain a search and seizure warrant for Jean’s residence. Police also got a search and seizure warrant for Jean’s 2004 Honda Accord where he frequently made deals and had been witnessed using to transport heroin. Police also secured an arrest warrant for Jean for the sale of narcotics.
In Bridgeport on Aug. 3 around 6 p.m., undercover officers lured Jean and his accomplice, Scott Similien, 30, of Bridgeport, under the premise of wanting to purchase drugs. According to the police report, an undercover officer arranged to purchase five bundles of heroin from Jean, who arranged to meet with the officer at the intersection of Ash and Mountain Grove streets. Officers set up surveillance and observed Jean exiting his house and going into a vehicle occupied by Similien. Officers then followed the vehicle to the location set for the drug deal where they apprehended Similien and Jean, who tried to escape the scene. An officer on the scene tackled Jean and the men were able to be arrested under the authority of the warrant.
After arresting the duo, police executed the search and seizure warrant on Jean’s residence, a multi-family home at 127 Hansen Ave. in Bridgeport. During the search, police seized 400 bags of heroin, two bags of marijuana, scales, drug packaging materials, a 12-gage pump-action shotgun, two loaded semi-automatic pistols, assorted ammunition and over $3,000 from narcotics sales.
During the search, one of the residents of the home, Jamel Jacobs, entered the scene. Police found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in Jacobs’ vehicle. Jacobs had a valid permit for the handgun. Jacobs also gave the police the combination to a safe located inside the residence. Police found two pounds of marijuana in the safe and consequently arrested Jacobs as well.
Jacobs was charged with possession of over four ounces of marijuana with the intent to sell and operating a drug factory. He was held in lieu of $50,000.
Similien was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and criminal attempt at sale of narcotics. He too was held in lieu of $50,000, pending his arraignment in court.
Jean was charged with criminal attempt at the sale of narcotics, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. Jean was also charged separately on one count of sale of narcotics. He was issued a bond of $250,000.
According to the Bridgeport police chief, this investigation may still lead to the arrests of others in the area.
“This is ongoing and it’s working because we’re working together,” said Perez. “These were really bad guys and they were preying on kids from Darien and from Fairfield County.”
Perez described Jean as a mid-level dealer and said there was recently another bust in the area of more high-level dealers.
“It just goes to show you how quickly they recover and are back on the street,” said Perez.
However, Perez also noted the significance of the arrests, which he credited to being a result of collaboration with other agencies.
“In this day and age, where the scourge of heroin is killing our kids, it’s a tremendous blow to their organization.”
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim reiterated the value of the bust.
“There’s three guns and I don’t know how much guns and money taken off the streets,” said Ganim. “The city as a whole is safer today than it was a couple days ago. And we’re going to continue to do this.”
According to the Darien sergeant, this arrest may help improve the area’s heroin problem.
“I feel that not only were the arrests necessary, but I’m confident we saved lives last night,” said Marron. “We hope that the message is clear that ‘small-town’ Darien is not invulnerable to the epidemic of opioid addiction. We work extremely close with all of the agencies around us and we will see investigations through — both small and large — to ensure that we can have an impact on the heroin problem in our community.”
Perez also said the heroin problem is dangerous and ongoing, due in part to the drugs being laced with other more dangerous substances. The narcotics seized in last night’s incident will be tested for further substances at state laboratories.
ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

I wish I hadn’t been born wealthy:

Death of Duke of Westminster at 64

Billionaire landowner the Duke of Westminster has died at 64. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a close friend of the Royal family, died on Tuesday afternoon, having suddenly become ill. He had been transferred from his Abbeystead Estate to the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are "deeply shocked and greatly saddened" by the sudden death, a Clarence House spokeswoman said. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will send a message of condolence to the Grosvenor family. One of the Duke's four children, his only son Hugh, is Prince George's youngest godfather, while his wife Natalia is godmother to the Duke of Cambridge. Duke of Westminster's son to inherit £8.3bn family fortune - read more The landowner was said to be worth around 10.8 billion dollars (£8.3 billion), according to Forbes, making him the 68th richest billionaire in the world, and third in the UK. He owned 190 acres in Belgravia, adjacent to Buckingham Palace and one of London's most expensive areas, as well as thousands of acres in Scotland and Spain. The Grosvenor family's spokeswoman said on Tuesday: "It is with the greatest sadness that we can confirm that the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (64) died this afternoon at Royal Preston Hospital. He was taken there from the Abbeystead Estate in Lancashire where he had suddenly been taken ill. "His family are all aware and they ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time. "No further comment will be made for the time being but further information will follow in due course." A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that Her Majesty the Queen is aware of the news about the Duke of Westminster. A private message of condolence is being sent by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh." The Duke suffered a nervous breakdown and depression in 1998, saying the pressures of business and the great number of public appearances he was making overcame him. In his early 20s, on becoming trustee of the estate, he had been forced to abandon his dream of a career in the Armed Forces, satisfying his love of all things military by serving in the Territorial Army. He became the sixth Duke of Westminster at 27, and later credited himself with using his vast wealth responsibly. He supported a number of charities and good causes, including making a £500,000 donation to farmers during the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak. Of his wealth he once said: "Given the choice, I would rather not have been born wealthy, but I never think of giving it up. I can't sell. It doesn't belong to me."

Accused wealthy fraudster's alleged parenting style: 'Money is king'

Family court records show Philip Esformes' alleged struggles over values
By Andrea Torres -

MIAMI - While he was under investigation for what the U.S. Department of Justice described as the largest health fraud case in U.S. history, Philip Esformes was also getting divorced.
Two out of of his three children are already in college, so the family conflict centered on their youngest son -- a 16-year-old Hebrew Academy student from Miami Beach.
On social media, the boy referred to Esformes, 47, as "the greatest dad in the world." But his mom, Sherri Tennenbaum-Esformes, claimed the father was exposing the boy to a lifestyle of "sex, drugs and rock and roll."
Esformes owned a network of skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities in Miami-Dade County. He was a philanthropist with a lavish lifestyle that extended from Miami Beach to Los Angeles and Chicago. Now he standsaccused in a plot to bill more than $1 billion to government programs meant to help the poor, aged, disabled and blind.
Family court records showed scandalous allegations about the value system that might have led to his demise.
The 45-year-old mom described Escortes' parenting style was based on his belief that "money is king." She accused him of using his vast wealth -- reported at $78 million in 2014 -- to keep her son away from her by buying him off.
Tennenbaum-Esformes claimed a Miami Beach mansion designed for the boy to use as a gym and basketball training area became a bachelor pad, "contributing to the delinquency of a minor." A locker room area was converted into a bedroom, and she allegedly found condoms there.
Investigators in the Medicare and Medicaid fraud case said Esformes sometimes got kickbacks through payments for his son's basketball coach and escort services.
The federal government has since seized their North Bay Road estate, including the multimillion-dollar mansion with the basketball court, luxury cars, watches and millions in cash from the couple's shared bank accounts.
During his recent bail hearing in federal court in Miami, his attorneys, Marissel Delcalzo and Michael Pasano, of Carlton Fields, said Esformes is innocent.
They described him as a man who doesn't have a criminal record and who is dedicated to his religion and helped orphans. As a father, the attorneys said, he wouldn't flee the country and leave his family behind.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres didn't buy it. After the Aug. 3-4 hearing, Torres denied Esformes release on bail.
Medicare Fraud Strike Force investigators and Tennenbaum-Esformes describe Esformes as unscrupulous.
During the divorce, Tennenbaum-Esformes' attorney, Andrew M. Leinoff, said in July court documents that although Esformes was supportive of his son's love for basketball, he was otherwise "uninvolved in the minor child's academics, health and welfare."
Esformes encouraged the teen to exploit women and "texted, communicated and encouraged suggestions of inappropriate behavior," Leinoff said. Tennenbaum-Esformes claimed she was concerned about the values he was instilling in their son.
Prosecutors claimed Esformes not only stole resources meant to help the poor, but he also endangered patients' health at his facilities with unnecessary medical treatments, according to prosecutors.
Although Esformes doesn't have a criminal record, this isn't the first time he has been accused of prioritizing profits over the best interest of patients.
He and his father, Rabbi Morris Esformes, of Chicago, who also owned nursing homes, have been a part of two civil court settlements.
In a 2006 case linked to Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, there was a $15.4 million settlement over accusations of kickbacks paid to physicians for referrals. The other was a $5 million settlement related to a 2004 deal to replace their nursing homes' pharmacy providers with a pharmacy they sold to Omnicare, the nation's largest provider of pharmacy services to nursing homes.
They didn't admit to any wrongdoing in any of the cases, and prosecutors said they continued their criminal behavior after the cases.
With some of his alleged co-conspirators betraying him, Philip Esformes could face life in prison if found guilty of health care and wire fraud, kickbacks, money laundering and obstruction of justice.
"It's the husband's belief that because he is very successful, has a lot of money and makes a lot of money, that the rules do not apply to him," Leinoff said, according to family court records.
Philip Esformes remained in a federal detention center Wednesday in downtown Miami.

The interagency Medicare Fraud Strike Force is said to have charged about 2,900 people accused of collectively billing Medicare for more than $10 billion in the past nine years. Medicare has been able to recoup between $1 to $1.5 billion through convictions and settlements, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General.

The wealthy Mrs. John Hanan led a life of drama

Courtesy John W. Miller Jr.
Mrs. Edith Hanan of Narragansett, pictured above, was considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. The wealthy grand dame was an influential patron of Narragansett.
By John W. Miller Jr.
In a story titled “When The Great ‘White Fleet’ Came To Narragansett,” South County historian Oliver H. Stedman described extraordinary happenings at the Pier Aug. 5, 1905. During that ebullient period shortly after the great Spanish-American War victory, when America was beginning to assert itself internationally through the muscular diplomacy of President Teddy Roosevelt, the U.S. fleet was formidable and on the prowl. Accordingly, when the fleet’s North Atlantic Squadron interrupted its maneuvers for a social stop in Narragansett Pier, that event was very noteworthy.

The hosts on this occasion were Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hanan. Their invitation had prompted the fleet’s visit and their hospitality made it a great success. The Hanans greeted Rear Adm. Robley D. Evans when he landed at the casino dock near The Towers. Then they took him on an automobile tour (a novelty, then) of the area. “Meanwhile the scene along Ocean Road all afternoon was one never known before or since at Narragansett,” according to Oliver Stedman (who was there).
Stedman described the proceedings that followed: “The dinner given by the Hanans at their home, Shore Acres, on that evening honoring Admiral Evans and the squadron officers was one of the grandest events that ever took place in the then-gay social life of Narragansett Pier ... The dinner was served by Sherry’s of New York and during the dinner a Hungarian band, brought from New York for the occasion, furnished the music ... Following the dinner the naval officers went directly to the Casino [the new casino, which had opened that year] for a special Naval Ball ... It was by far the most brilliant event of the season and probably never before in the history of Narragansett was there such an array of distinguished guests present ... Surely the visit of the fleet to Narragansett Pier on August 5, 1905 will be called Narragansett’s finest hour.”
The inspiration for this momentous occasion was Mrs. Hanan, who not only loved sponsoring parties but had found a willing ally in her adoring and very rich husband, John.
In another of his tales, “A Trip Through Narragansett,” Stedman recited Mrs. Hanan’s impact on the town: “After her marriage to Mr. Hanan, Mrs. Hanan became the lady bountiful to the summer colonists, the people of Narragansett, her family, and all the countryside. She built a new Casino, largely at her own expense, and there at Shore Acres from the time of her marriage to the time of the First World War were the most lavish parties and entertaining in all the history of the Narragansett summer colony.”
Mrs. Hanan was born Edith Evelyn Briggs Aug. 3, 1867. She was the third of four daughters of the beautiful Caroline Caswell Briggs and Jeremiah Slocum Briggs. According to J.H. Beers’ genealogy of old Rhode Island families, she “numbered among her ancestry many of the families prominent in the colonial and later state annals of Rhode Island. Two of her ancestors came over in the Mayflower, three served in the Revolutionary War, and one was Roger Williams of blessed memory.”
Edith’s father, Jeremiah, an exceptionally handsome man, began his career as a farmer in South Kingstown. “In 1865,” his obituary stated, “he opened one of the first hotels in Narragansett, called the Elmwood House.” Later, he ran hotels in the Catskills, Newport and at the Chicago World’s Fair. “Mr. Briggs was a man of manly traits and of genial and unaffected ways,” according to the obituary.
Educated in the public schools of Narragansett and at South Kingstown High School, Edith served for several years as a governess in the Pier. During that period she was introduced to Charles Talbot Smith, the grandson of Alfred Smith, a wealthy Newport real estate owner and broker.
Edith and Charles T. Smith were married in St. George’s Church in Newport Oct. 29, 1890, in a tasteful ceremony attended “by members of the two families and very intimate friends.” The Rev. W.N. Ackley of Narragansett officiated. Following the ceremony a reception was held at the residence of Col. and Mrs. Smith, the groom’s parents, “where the newly wedded couple received a few friends, among which were Governor Davis and several from Narragansett Pier and Wakefield.”
Unfortunately, the marriage suffered more than its share of tragedy. Edith bore two sons: her beloved older child, Charles Talbot Smith Jr., who was born with a harelip, and Alfred, who died in infancy. And then, Oct. 19, 1896, only six years after their marriage, Charles T. Smith died of typhoid fever.
At this sad juncture the young widow might have withdrawn and accepted a prosaic fate. Edith, however, treated the setback as a challenge. Inspired somewhat by her avid participation in amateur theatricals during her youth and sustained by her husband’s estate, she resolved to play a part on the broader world stage.
Edith possessed an exceptionally strong character. She was intelligent, literate, articulate and charming. She was remarkably loyal and generous to family, friends and Narragansett. In an era when women were often subordinated, she was consummately outspoken, audacious, free-spirited and independent-minded. But, beyond her personality attributes, Edith had another important asset: she was one of the great beauties of her generation. The Providence Journal described her as having “a magnetic personality and rare charm, combined with unusual beauty.” The Newport Daily News judged her “very beautiful.” A New Yorker once told her grandson that the most beautiful women of his time were Edith Hanan and Gertrude Lawrence, the famous Broadway musical comedy star.
After her husband’s death, Edith spent a few months in Newport and Narragansett and then moved to Brooklyn, New York, a very fashionable address in those days. She then quickly sailed to Europe, visiting London and Paris before returning. That summer she was a guest at the Mathewson Hotel in Narragansett for a short time but then cemented her summertime relationship with her birthplace by purchasing Suwanee Villa, an immense mansion on Ocean Road. She later renamed this edifice Shore Acres.
Edith was apparently enjoying life to its fullest. On May 18, 1900, The Narragansett Times carried an item from a New York newspaper reporting that she had won $63,000 ($1.2 million in today’s dollars) in one week at Monte Carlo, becoming “the biggest winner of the year.” Edith enjoyed gambling. In another Oliver Stedman story, “A Night To Remember at Narragansett Pier,” she was caught in a raid on a Narragansett gambling den but refused to name those in attendance with her. Mr. Stedman noted, “The New York Times even carried an editorial commending her for not ‘preaching’ on her companions.” Questioned by the press about her possible legal jeopardy, Edith responded: “Many of my friends have advised me to go away, depart for Europe ... But I have no intention of going away. I was born here and I am here to stay.”

Next week: Around the same time, however, Edith made a serious mistake; she gambled that a lawyer named James H. Thompson would be a prize catch.

John W. Miller Jr. is a historian in Narragansett.

John W. Miller Jr. is a historian in Narragansett. The life of Edith Hanan, will be celebrated Sept. 15 as "Mrs. Hanan's Village Ball" kicks off the three-day Gansett Days festival and honors the centennial of The Towers rebirth in 1916, after the Great Fire of Sept. 12, 1900.

9 Things Wealthy People Do Every Day

Money can’t buy everything, but some things can buy money — which the rich know all too well. In fact, many wealthy people have a set of habits and behaviors that they perform every day to stay focused, energized and motivated so they can continue to grow their fortunes.
So if you want to become rich like some of most successful people in the world, copy their habits. Here’s what the wealthiest people do on a daily basis:

1. They Keep Their Cool
To become a millionaire, you need to adopt a “million-dollar personality” — and that requires keeping your cool in stressful or unpleasant situations.
“The Science of Success” is a collection of writings by and about Napoleon Hill, who studied the habits of more than 500 wealthy people to write his 1937 book, “Think and Grow Rich.” But in “The Science of Success,” one piece of advice states you can adopt a “million-dollar personality” if you “adjust yourself to all circumstances, pleasant or otherwise, without losing your composure or showing your temper. Remember that silence may be much more effective than your angry words.”
Certified financial planner and CPA Tom Corley, who conducted a five-year study on 233 wealthy and 128 poor people to write his book “Rich Habits,” seems to agree:
“It seems the poor cannot control their emotions,” Corley wrote on his Rich Habits website in 2013. “Forty-three percent of the poor admitted to losing their temper at least once in the past month vs. 19 percent of the wealthy.”

2. They Set and Stick to Goals
This advice comes from Idan Shpizear, who parlayed $3,000 into a $27 million business, 911 Restoration, which helps homeowners recover from water damage. He says that focusing on goals makes the difference between survival and success.
“A lot of people jump straight to business but don’t have a vision or strategy and goals,” he said. “If you go through this process every day, your life will change.”

3. They Maintain a Daily To-Do List
In his book “Rich Habits,” Corley stumbled upon another finding: Wealthy and successful people utilize to-do lists in order to achieve their goals. In fact, his research showed that 81 percent of the wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19 percent of poor people.
“Successful people are goal-oriented,” Corley wrote in his book. “They create goals all the time. Daily goals are represented in their daily to-do lists.”
So before you start your day, “compile a daily goal/to-do list. List only those things that have a realistic probability — 80 percent chance — of being completed that day,” he advised. “Prioritize this list and set a specific time in which to tackled them.”
Once the day is over, “evaluate the to-do list. This forces accountability,” wrote Corley.

4. They Don’t Watch TV
This action item — or non-action item — has more to do with “Judge Judy” reruns being hazardous to your mental health. It’s about productive use of time, as Corley relates on his Rich Habits website.
According to him, only 23 percent of the rich admitted to watching more than an hour of TV a day, compared with 77 percent of poor people. And, 78 percent of the people who watch more than an hour of TV a day are tuning in to reality TV. That leaves time for wealthy folks to do other things that broaden their financial horizons, such as reading.
For this reason, Corley considers watching TV a “poverty habit” instead of a “rich habit.”

5. They Network
“Birds of a feather flock together” is an accurate saying for many rich people. Successful people tend to dedicate time to widening their circles of acquaintance and influence, whether through business organizations, LinkedIn or groups that attract ambitious, entrepreneurial minds.
To expand your professional network, tap into your existing network first. For example, reach out to your old college classmates or professors, connect with colleagues and co-workers at your current job, and even ask your friends and family members if they can help you find people to connect with.

6. They Educate Themselves
Podcasts. Avid reading. TED Talks. Whatever the forum, wealthy folks are absorbing more knowledge, according to Corley. His research showed that 63 percent of wealthy people listen to audio books during their commute to work vs. 5 percent of poor people.
You can find a selection of free audio books on sites such as ThoughtAudio.com, OpenCulture.com and more.

7. They Invest
Investing might sound like a no-brainer — if you’re rich, you have plenty of money to invest, right? But the wealthy track and pour much more money by percentage into pensions and insurance, whether actively or passively, on a daily basis.
In its Consumer Expenditure Survey released in April 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that those in the highest 20th percent of the report’s income quintiles spent 15.8 percent on pensions and insurance. That’s more than six times as much as the lowest 20th percent.

8. They Block Their Time
New York Times best-selling author Brendon Burchard — who’s been photographed next to uber-successful people like Oprah, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington and more — is an advocate of blocking out time for yourself.
“Create scheduled blocks of time where you do only one thing,” he wrote on his website. “Use that block of time to move your life forward, to create art, to strategize, to work diligently on one important activity. If you don’t have blocks of time already set up in today’s calendar to do things that matter, you’re already losing ground.”

9. They Know When to Call It a Day
In an article for Inc.com, entrepreneur and business adviser Murray Newlands wrote that one of the seven rich habits of successful people is knowing when to stop working.
“Oftentimes, as a self-employed business owner, I’ll fall into that habitual trap of working long into the evening, thinking that I’ll get more work accomplished. And the irony of it is that I seldom do,” he wrote. “Stop working at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m., and do not do anything work-related — which includes checking your phone or emails — until the next day.”

The Hamptons, a place where a summer rental can set you back $1 million

Javier E. David

Got a couple of million to spare? If so, it could get you a few weeks of rest in a wealthy location.
Summer vacation season is at hand, which means millions of Americans are preparing to decamp for scenic locations around the country and the world. That said, there are at least a few places some travelers won't find listed on Airbnb — and with good reason.
Florida, South Carolina and California are popular destinations for the budget-conscious, TripAdvisor data recently showed, with rentals for the top 20 cities falling anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 per week. Yet some luxury travelers are known to shell out top dollar for a few weeks of downtime in ritzy locales — sometimes paying $1 million or more for the privilege.
"The rental market in the Caribbean has remained fairly strong. This is being fueled mainly by multigenerational travel," said Neal Sroka, a broker of high-end real estate at firm Douglas Elliman, which sells luxury homes in places like the Hamptons, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, among others.
"Grandparents are taking their children and grandchildren, and like the fact that they can all be in one house," he said. "Many destinations such as Rosewood Mayakoba [in Mexico], Four Season Nevis and Amanera [in the D.R.], gives you the luxury of a home along with the amenities of a five-star hotel."
Sroka said that summer is considered "offseason" in the Caribbean and Mexico, so vacation bargain hunters can score a Mexican or Dominican villa for the relatively reasonable price of $2,000-$2,500 per night. That compares to up to $10,000 per night during off season, however, which Sroka said paled in comparison to other markets. "That's inexpensive compared to certain places [like] Anguilla, where villas trade between $25,000-$30,000 per night."
Although recent figures suggest a cooling in the ultra-wealthy Atlantic Coast enclave, vacationers still appear willing to shell out lots of money in order to frolic in the Hamptons.
Sotheby's Homes has a Southampton, New York, property that will cost a cool $1 million to rent from August until Labor Day. For the more budget-minded, however, the firm lists other Hamptons rental properties that range for a comparatively modest $300,000-$375,000 to rent during the latter part of August.
For high-end markets, those staggering sums are multiples higher than the average going rate for weekly rentals in vacation hot spots. While far from typical, some luxury rentals even dwarf the asking price on a brand-new home.
Many of the requests come from wealthy families traveling with large entourages, or for a special event such as a wedding. Still, what's the rationale behind paying so much for a few weeks (or days) in a property that's not even considered a homestead?
For some vacationers, "it's an experience to be in a property of that magnitude," Cody Vichinsky, co-founder of luxury firm Bespoke Real Estate explained to CNBC in a recent interview. "It's the most valuable because it's the rarest ... and you create an atmosphere of unparalleled setting that's worth the memory."
And at the top end of the Hamptons — a playground for the wealthy where eight figure homes are the norm — those memories can cost a pretty penny.
Bespoke brokers summer rentals that can go for $1.5 million for two months of occupancy, and rented a "stunning" 43-acre property at a price of $1.7 million, which Vichinsky said was a near record for the summer season.
Another waterfront property — a Bespoke specialty — offers more than 20,000 of square footage, 13 rooms and includes a spa, home movie theater and a gym.
"It's a fantastic summer in a setting that you just can't duplicate," Vichinsky said.
 Javier E. DavidSenior editor