April, May, and June Webers
The Girls of Summer
Growing up on the Sound Shore was such a magical experience for the Webers’ sisters, April, May, and June, that all of them knew they would one day return here to raise their own children.
“It was never a question for us,” said April Saxe. “Summer was the big draw, because we lived in our bathing suits, could walk to the water in Larchmont.”
May Burke added, “Ours was a carefree existence. The days bled into nights. And while summers were the best, we’d go down to the water pretty much every time of the year for the changing views.”
Being able to walk or ride her bike everywhere is June Hatch’s fondest memory. “It gave me independence and simple life skills at a young age, not to mention that it gave my mother a break from entertaining me!”
Not only did they all move back, but they all ended up in real estate, at Houlihan Lawrence.
“I trace our career path back to our mother, who loved fixing up houses here, and in the Hamptons,” said April.
Right out of college, May, who earned a Construction Management degree at New York University, started buying and flipping houses. “Our dad, whom I worked alongside, provided me with start-up money.”
April and her husband bought their home in Harrison through Houlihan agent Billie Prizzio, “whose professionalism and style” got her thinking about going into the industry. “It was May, however, who convinced me to put my Business Management background to work in residential real estate.”
After graduating from Parsons School of Design, June, “who has the eye”, say her sisters, became a dressmaker and had a second-floor shop in Rye for several years. “But once April and May were in real estate, they had me helping them with design and staging. It was a natural fit.”
Today, they are as close as they were when they were young. They regularly meet in the Resurrection Church parking lot and head off on five-mile walks. “We get that from our father, who once a week walks to Arcade Books in Rye from his home in Larchmont.”
With real estate very quiet during the shutdown because of the coronavirus, the sisters have found solace at Edith Read Sanctuary, where they go for bi-weekly walks. “The simpler lifestyle during quarantine reminds me of my childhood — getting dirty and playing outside for hours on end,” remarked June.
“It’s wonderful that our kids regard Jerry’s Market as the crossroad of the world, just as we did,” they said.
“We just hope that we never catch them making the same mistake we made when we were young: telling our parents we were going to 5 o’clock Mass and having them spot us in line at Walter’s Hot Dogs.”
Essaying to give their children the same upbringing they had, they are heartened by the fact that the wonderful traditions and activities they enjoyed as young girls continue to flow along the Sound Shore.
- Robin Jovanovich