They can sell the Hamptons. But can they sell “Selling the Hamptons”?

Nest Seekers agents give taste of new show ahead of premier

Tri-State /
Jan.January 21, 2022 05:06 PM

Michael Fulfree and Bianca D’Alessio of Nest Seekers International (Nest Seekers)

Reality television is headed back to the world of Hamptons real estate agents with Selling the Hamptons, which premiered on Discovery+ this week.

Stars of the show spoke to the New York Post ahead of Thursday’s premiere, offering a taste of the backstories that led them to become real estate agents in one of the world’s wealthiest enclaves.

The cast consists of six Nest Seekers International agents, including three that appeared on Netflix’s “Million Dollar Beach House,” which lost its second season to the pandemic and never resurfaced.

Bianca D’Alessio has one of the more intriguing histories among the cast members. While she was building up a portfolio of high-end clients and properties, her father, developer Michael D’Alessio, pleaded guilty to a $58 million Ponzi scheme after being arrested by the FBI. He’s serving a six-year prison sentence.

“For the first time in my life, I was very embarrassed, and I still am, of my name,” D’Alessio told the Post. “And that’s really hard when you’re trying to build your reputation and brand.”

D’Alessio still has a relationship with her father, she told the Post.

The series is also exposing a modeling-to-selling pipeline that exists in the Hamptons. At least two of the agents on the show, Mia Calabrese and Michael Fulfree, have previous experience in the modeling industry.

Calabrese, who describes herself as a “hustler,” started modeling when she was 16. She went on to be a concierge for high-end nightclubs that catered to wealthy figures from across the globe.

“Anyone I know will tell you, when they think of me, they think, ‘She has big d**k energy’ — that’s just who I am,” Calabrese told the publication. “I’m going to make as much money as I humanly can — I like shiny things too.”

Michael Fulfree, who previously appeared in the Netflix series, also modeled. He compared that field to real estate in an interview with Us Weekly.

“In modeling and real estate, my biggest competition is in my own head,” Fulfree said. “With modeling it was very simple: go to the gym three times a day, eat nothing and look the best you possibly can. But in real estate, juggling my wife’s family business, working full-time, having a kid, anything can happen.”

In response, co-star J.B. Andreassi cracked, “I would think just given his exceptional God-given looks that it was a bit easier for him in the modeling world, compared to now where he actually has to work for something.”

New episodes of “Selling the Hamptons” will stream on Discovery+ each Thursday.

[NYP] — Holden Walter-Warner





    Related Articles

    arrow_forward_ios
    100 Eleventh Avenue (iStock, Rhododendrites/CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons, Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal)
    Lower-end listings dominate Manhattan’s luxury deals
    Lower-end listings dominate Manhattan’s luxury deals
    Wildfire, Houses
    One in five homes facing wildfire risk, report says
    One in five homes facing wildfire risk, report says
    (Top) 1580 Meadow Lane in Southampton NY and (Bottom) 2056 Montauk Highway in Amagansett NY (Zillow)
    A tale of two oceanfront Hamptons homes
    A tale of two oceanfront Hamptons homes
    Nest Seekers' Mariano Bulfamante with Skyline Tower (LinkedIn, StreetEasy, iStock)
    Nest Seekers tapped to market Skyline Tower penthouses
    Nest Seekers tapped to market Skyline Tower penthouses
    Town of East Hampton supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Blade's Rob Wiesenthal with East Hampton Airport (East Hampton, Wikipedia)
    East Hampton Airport closure at hand, except…
    East Hampton Airport closure at hand, except…
    More and more homebuyers and investors are coming to the negotiating table with cash in hand. (iStock)
    In cities, “starter homes” getting more difficult to find
    In cities, “starter homes” getting more difficult to find
    A photo illustration of city developers and preservationists arm wrestling (iStock)
    Preservationists and developers duel upstate. Wanna guess who’s winning?
    Preservationists and developers duel upstate. Wanna guess who’s winning?
    John Steinbeck and his Sag Harbor cottage. (Getty)
    John Steinbeck’s Sag Harbor home could become retreat for writers
    John Steinbeck’s Sag Harbor home could become retreat for writers
    arrow_forward_ios

    The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

    Loading...