Forbes got it right when it released an article stating that the beautiful Hamptons, “awash with ritzy addresses”, has a street that boasts more billionaires than any other address. Southampton’s Meadow Lane is a 5 mile long road, sporting a private helipad that rushes its lucky residents to Manhattan in 20 minutes. Alas, there is a price to pay for this: sale prices for a home here can run to over $20 million. Besides Southampton’s prestigious ocean front address, the Hamptons is an area full of exclusivity. Called the “East End“, the Hamptons refers to an area of Long Island forming the South Fork of Long Island, New York. Manhattan is a mere 2 hour and 15 minute drive away, and there are several options available for getting from the Big Apple to the Hamptons, including chopper, seaplane, car service, bus, cannonball train, LIRR train (the local Long Island Railroad), or private car. The villages and hamlets in the Hamptons include communities such as Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Water Mill, Amagansett, and Sagaponack, among others. A popular seaside resort, the Hamptons is a historical summer colony with an important position in America’s North East. Made famous internationally thanks to both literature and cinema, the Hamptons has hosted and housed celebrities, successful businesspeople and glamorous socialites from some of America’s wealthiest and most established families. Names such as Ford, Du Pont, Morgan, Woolworth, and Eisenhower still ring loud in the Hamptons.
Increasingly, visitors from Europe and South America are also flocking to this area to enjoy its beautiful ocean beaches, sandy dunes, wonderfully quiet nature, marshes, and small ponds. Besides its soothing nature, lavish parties and sheer decadence are, of course, common in the Hamptons. But the Hamptons are not all about posh extravagance. It is an area rich in culture, culinary excellence and great sports activities, such as golf, to enjoy in clubs in Sebonack, Shinnecock Hills, and Southampton, along with the famous Maidstone Club. Exclusive private clubs provide additonal recreation, such as tennis, swimming and other activities. The clustering of villages around Southampton is full of charm and old time quaintness, reminders of colonial New England from days gone by, yet with a splash of modernity and contemporary glitz. The Hamptons runs various events, from art fairs, antique markets, concerts, chef and champagne shows, wine tastings at local vineyards, to fashion shows, sandcastle contests, summer festivals, tea dances, and endless private parties and galas. So if you want a taste of another side of the “real New York“, a tiny ounce quieter but still active and vibrant, surround yourself with sun, sea and sand, all the while in beautiful settings with beautiful people, book yourself now for a trip to the Hamptons or head off to buy that next dream home on Maiden Lane.