Author: Dawn Watson

Competitive property values, glorious sound and bay views, and excellent dining and nightlife are making the North Fork a hot ticket.

Gavin Zeigler has become a highly regarded wood craftsman and furniture designer whose pieces are sought after by top designers.

Median prices for single-family homes are up 13.4 percent, from $2.975 million to $3.375 million, and condos 23.1 percent, from $540,000 to $665,000, during the second quarters of 2014 and 2015, according to the Evans Report, a market-analysis quarterly.

Have a thing for cats and dressing up in leotards and headscarves? Have we got a property for you! Grey Gardens in East Hampton is being offered for a potential lengthy lease by owner Sally Quinn.

Building a brand-new business can be a daunting proposition, though it’s usually less so with the support of a partner. Even better is when that partner is your sister, as Anna and Emilia DeMauro can attest. Working out of Anna’s art studio on Town Lane in East Hampton, the siblings have joined forces to make one-of-a-kind bags, belts, purses, and accessories from sumptuous imported Italian leather.

After more than a decade in the making, the 43-acre Olde Towne development in the estate section of Southampton Village is ready for its close-up. Originally an agrarian settlement founded in 1640 by New York’s first Puritan settlers, the property is the largest private landholding in the village.

When Sean Avery renovated a 2,800-square-foot, shingle-style farmhouse at 52 Prospect Street in Southampton Village, he endeavored to do more than just slap a new coat of paint on it. The former New York Ranger sought to score some major design points by creating a showplace for transitional architecture, which blends traditional and modern design concepts, such as shingle-style façades with black roofs and black trim.

The Hamptons is no stranger to royalty, both real and ersatz, but those who want to live like a true noble need look no further than 19 and 23 Chauncey Close on Georgica Pond.

In a highly unusual development, a 1.8-acre oceanfront estate is possibly going back to the bank. Louise Blouin’s La Dune, at 376 Gin Lane in Southampton, is reportedly on the chopping block for an estimated pre-foreclosure price of $12,454,090. The owner of Louise Blouin Media, the publishing company responsible for Art + Auction and Modern Painters magazines and the art website,

A lifelong appreciation of beauty informs all of ceramist Mae Mougin’s work. A former fashion stylist and photographer’s muse, Mougin creates platters, plates, bowls, and decorative-yet-functional objects in her studio alongside Davis Creek in Southampton. “It’s a body of water that’s always in motion,” she says of the natural inspiration that lies just steps from her front door.

The shingle style is by far the overriding architectural vernacular of the Hamptons, and no one executed it better than Francis Fleetwood. With his death in May, the prolific East Hampton–based Fleetwood joins the growing pantheon of notable East End architects, from Grosvenor Atterbury to Norman Jaffe and Charles Gwathmey, who have left their mark on the South Fork.

One of Mark Figueredo’s biggest pet peeves: seeing people break out their cellphone flashlights to read menus in dimly lit restaurants. In an ideal world, restaurant lighting would flatter patrons while allowing them to peruse menus without the help of electronic devices. “The best kind of lighting is the kind you don’t notice,” Figueredo says.

A group of wealthy homeowners on Georgica Pond in East Hampton have had it with potentially toxic blooms in the water and taken matters into their own hands, ponying up $359,000 in the hope of finding a remedy. Billionaire Ron Perelman and his wife, Anna Chapman, and their high-powered neighbors and friends are paying Stony Brook Southampton staff, led by Dr. Christopher Gobler of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, to monitor the pond.