Marilyn Huberman Goldberg is a first-generation American with French heritage. Her roots have greatly influenced her taste in fine arts and real estate. Named after Marilyn Monroe, she graduated from Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts, followed by the New York School of Interior Design.
Goldberg has merged her expertise in the arts with a passion for property investment. She curates exquisite experiences that begin at the front door of each home, guiding clientele through the halls to greet the likes of Van Gogh, Warhol, and Picasso. She then extends such brilliance to customer service, providing clients with her in-depth knowledge of the surrounding area based off their individual tastes. In a nutshell, Goldberg is a five-star luxury concierge of the Hamptons.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an art historian, curator, and designer of all things, from residential to commercial and interior design. I see a space, or image, or home, and immediately my mind redesigns it into something wonderful. I started my business in Japan, then moved on to Germany, and trained exclusive agents worldwide to represent my works that I have contracted. I love my work, clients, tenants, and family.
How did you get into real estate?
I started investing in Hamptons real estate when I was 20 years of age — Montauk Point, Amagansett, East Hampton, Water Mill, and farther west to Quogue and East Moriches. I then found my home, close to my favorite beaches, Flying Point in Water Mill, and Little Neck Beach in Southampton.
How do you decorate your residences? Where do you get the pieces from?
I publish a great deal of my art, and I have exclusive contracts with artists worldwide, and estates. I do many of their international exhibitions. I travel worldwide. My life is one of daily creativity, which brings me together with brilliant creators, innovators, publishers, and tenants from around the world.
Art is thematic in each home. What is the connection between art and real estate?
I [have] designed landscaping and interiors, using all of my artwork and art merchandising as accessories, early on known as The Villas Del Arte, as many rooms had the theme and coloration of a particular artist such as Picasso, Dalí, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir. Visitors were entranced sitting by my ponds, and waterfalls, watching the waterlilies of Giverny (Monet’s Gardens) and being served afternoon tea with my Monet cups with waterlilies, or Van Gogh’s Sunflower plates. I love when people come out to my pools, wearing my Salvador Dalí robes, then lie down on my chaises with their Picasso beach towels, and pick fresh flowers and put them in my Tamara de Lempicka Vases!
How would you describe your style?
My style is eclectic — contemporary mixed with Mediterranean and Asian flair — developed from all of my travels and family life on the Cote D’Azur in France, and in Mallorca in Spain. [I spent] years in Spain and years in St. Petersburg, Russia working for the Hermitage Museum, creating the Catherine the Great Exhibition. I love the cultures of foreigners and have made many friends and business partners throughout my life.
What is it about the Hamptons that captivates buyers and renters?
The clean air and breezes. It has the most exquisite, immaculate beaches along with the international, beautiful people. Of course, the great food, fresh lobsters, incredible farm veggies, and fabulous vineyards.
In addition, you’re somewhat of a full service, luxury concierge. How do you tailor each experience to the clients’ needs?
Absolutely! I meet with my clients, find out their needs, their loves, their food and drink preferences. I develop a personal luxury package for them. My homes are known for five-star service, incredible gardens, and flowing waterfalls and streams, with ponds stocked with koi sent as gifts from my Japanese partners.
Describe your perfect summer day in the Hamptons.
Wake up, check my emails in bed from Europe while I have my coffee. Go for a bike ride to the beach and walk my dog. Go to the gym, work out, then tend to my computer work, tenants, and finish my creative developments in order of the day’s priorities. Then, I will cook a fabulous dinner or BBQ, with wonderful salads and wines. Or, meet friends for a lovely dinner in town. Watch a great movie, and cuddle up with my puppy, Reggie, and my partner, Michael, for the best-fulfilled sleep ever!
Are any of your properties currently available to purchase/rent?
352 Montauk Highway is available for rent and for sale after August 27. My new condos, 103 and 104 Highpond Lane in Southampton at Bishops Pond complex are available for rent year-round, as is Villa Marilyn 1, at 352 Montauk Highway.