ABOUT THE HAMPTONS
The East End of New York’s Long Island, jutting 100 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, is home to some of the world’s most spectacular ocean beaches, pristine bays & estuaries, secluded freshwater ponds, pine forests with quiet nature trails, foggy mornings, lazy sunny days, blazing sunsets painted on the evening sky, and star-filled nights. The soil is fertile and the climate is kept mild by the Gulf Stream waters. A fisherman’s playground, a vintner’s paradise and an artist’s inspiration, the historic “East End” has attracted visitors for centuries.
‘The Hamptons’ (the area between Westhampton and Montauk on the South Fork of Long Island) has become a year-round destination as visitors from around the world discover the many pleasures the East End has to offer. The beaches continue to attract the summer crowd, from the motels in Montauk to the ‘Summer Cottages’ of the rich and famous in East Hampton and Southampton, but the beautiful weather lingers even when the beautiful people have fled - replaced first by clouds of Monarch Butterflies migrating through, and then by swirls of autumn leaves, starry skies & snowflakes.
Hamlets, Villages and Towns On the East End
Founded in 1640, Southampton is the largest and most populous of the Hamptons. It offers ocean-front mansions, tree-lined streets, top-notch shopping, gorgeous beaches and exclusive golf courses. Originally a farming community, Southampton attracted the wealthy ‘summer cottage’ community with the building of the railroad in 1872. In the 1990s Southampton became an important art community with the founding of the Art School in Shinnecock Hills.
Moving east, early settlers found the soil of Bridgehampton to be extremely rich for farming, which quickly supplanted the dying whaling industry. Bridgehampton is now famous for its horse farms and is home to the world-renowned Hamptons Classic Horse Show, as well as some of the finest vineyards and wineries on Long Island.
Incorporated in 2002, Sagaponack was deemed the most expensive town in the U.S. in 2016 with a median sale price of $5,125,000. One year later the median home price bounced to $8,500,000. Many of the huge estates in the village were built on former potato fields, a few of which still exist today. Once the home of Kurt Vonnegut, Truman Compote and Charles Adams, Sagaponack now is home to many notable celebrities and business leaders as well as the Wölffer Estate, the premiere winery in the Hamptons.
Sag Harbor was settled circa the 1700s as a major port and whaling village, earning a mention in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The pristine waters continue to be a magnet for boaters. Stroll down quaint narrow streets past Greek Revival mansions, Victorians, charming capes and authentic Saltboxes. Once the home of John Steinbeck, Sag Harbor has become a gathering place for writers and artists, many of whom frequent The American Hotel and participate in concerts and productions at the Bay Street theater, located on the harbor.
Originally settled by Native Americans as early as 1290 B.C., the Village of East Hampton was founded in 1648 by a group of farmers who felt that Southampton (which was founded by settlers from Massachusetts only 8 years prior) was getting too crowded and restrictive. Thus began the rivalry between the two main villages of the Hamptons! Over the years, East Hampton has managed to maintain its classic old New England village charm, its agrarian roots and its unspoiled green lands, even as it has blossomed into an internationally recognized resort destination and year-round home to an ever-growing population. National Geographic Magazine dubbed East Hampton “America’s Most Beautiful Village”. The ocean beaches, galleries, theater, fine restaurants and boutique shops make this hamlet a favored destination for world travelers. Its New York City quality with a quiet village lifestyle make it a coveted real estate market as well.
This small village was named by Native Americans, the meaning being “place of good water”. Farming, fishing and offshore whaling were its earliest industries. Today, Main Street is punctuated by art galleries, antique stores and restaurants. Stunning homes are just a bike ride away from gorgeous ocean beaches. There is also the Amagansett Wildlife Refuge, a 36-acre area of protected double dune beaches.