Depending on whom you ask, it’s both the best and the worst of times for Hamptons real estate. Yes, there’s certainly everything before us, but we had better be careful to preserve it before, as Dickens might have said, we have nothing before us. Take Coopers Neck Lane in Southampton and Daniels Lane in Sagaponack.
Author: Dawn Watson
In April, the Town of East Hampton passed new legislation restricting some of the estimated 130 daily flights (approximately a third of which are conducted by helicopters) to and from its airport during the summer months, though an all-out ban on weekend helicopter travel from Memorial Day through Labor Day was tossed after the town board’s Airport Finance Sub-Committee could not reach a consensus on how reduced airport traffic would affect East Hampton financially.
Things are looking spiffy at the Nathaniel Rogers House on the corner of Montauk Highway and Ocean Road in Bridgehampton, with the final renovation phase of the historic Federal/Greek Revival hodgepodge—the new home of the Bridgehampton Historical Society—slated for completion by July 4, 2017.
Gauging by the number of hit series about the luxe Hamptons lifestyle, it appears that America can’t get enough of the East End. First there was the USA Network’s frothy, feel-good medical dramedy Royal Pains. Then came ABC’s deliciously campy Revenge, a thriller that just finished a four-year run. Not to be outdone, Showtime’s sizzling hot drama The Affair, which is set in Montauk has already won two Golden Globes.
One of the hottest neighborhoods in the Hamptons? Listing prices have doubled and tripled along the mile-and-a-half stretch of North Main Street in Southampton Village. The generally modest wood-frame homes that sit along one of the area’s oldest thoroughfares are remnants of what was once a working-class neighborhood, though many have been recently renovated and upgraded—and sold for a tidy profit.
While he was growing up in the 1970s in Los Angeles, Gregory Johnston was a bit of a car freak. Which is not so surprising for an Angeleno, though there was something about hot rods that particularly fascinated him. From the high-performance vehicles to the team uniforms of the drivers and pit crews, Johnston was mesmerized by car culture.
Nowhere in the world is real estate sexier—even for George Clooney, arguably one of the sexiest men alive—than in the Hamptons. The two-time Academy Award winner, is just one of the rumored investors in the eight-acre Dune Deck Beach Resort development in Westhampton Beach. The former Hamptons hot spot sold for $19 million to Discovery Land Company CEO Mike Meldman, who also co-owns Casamigos Tequila with Clooney and his pal Rande Gerber, husband of supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Candle maker Brittany Torres is deeply familiar with the East End and the quirks that make each of its villages distinct, and her collection of six candles reflects those personality differences. To her, the sense of smell is paramount, the driving force behind Hamptons Handpoured, her brand-new line of soy-based handmade candles.
The turnkey condo trend is here to stay, says Saunders & Associates founder Andrew Saunders. Located at 21 West Water Street, Harbor’s Edge on Sag Harbor Cove—which opened for sales in early May—offers two- and three-bedroom condominiums all with access to a rooftop pool and lounge area and all facing the water, with landscaped yards and private terraces.
Living large will soon be possible in Hampton Bays. Long a working-class stronghold, the hamlet is gearing up for a major upgrade. In January, the Southampton Town Board unanimously voted to approve plans by R Squared Development, owned by Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, to create 20 rooms and bungalows on the site of the former Canoe Place Inn, just west of the Shinnecock Canal, in addition to building 37 new townhouses east of the canal.
In nearly perfect real-estate-bubble timing, 2015 is poised to be the best year on the East End since before the 2008 crash. Real estate experts almost unanimously expect the total annual Hamptons sales volume to clock in higher than the $4.5 billion benchmark set last year, with parcels priced at $5 million and up as the driving force.
As a young boy, Gary Lawrance made elaborate houses from playing cards and “Little Golden” books, castles from sand, and towering pyramids from Dixie cups. Approximately 50 years later, not much has changed. Now an authority on architectural model-making and the principal of Lawrance Architectural Presentations, he uses more sophisticated materials, but the goal is more or less the same.
Living and working in a tranquil spot near Three Mile Harbor, Sue Heatley is surrounded by nature. A printmaker who creates limited-edition and one-of-a-kind abstract linocuts and monotypes, she draws inspiration from the beauty of the area’s trees and ripples on the water.
Anne Sanford is a study in contradictions. A self-confessed “beauty product junkie,” she is fresh-faced and winsomely natural. Her hand-crafted, essential oil–based perfumes are mysteriously seductive, yet they’re packaged in simple glass vials coded with a series of letters and numbers instead of lofty titles suggesting romance and allure. Even the name of her product line, Lurk, is subject to murky interpretation.
Paton Miller paints what he knows. Familiar scenes, such as the sea and surf, the windmill at the National Golf Links of America in Shinnecock Hills, and even his neighbors’ kitchens often end up depicted in his work. But that doesn’t mean that the Southampton- and Costa Rica–based artist is content to paint literal replicas of originals. For him, the artistry comes through creative interpretation.
Every morning at six a.m., accompanied by at least one of his four dachshunds—Pablo, Diego, Hugo, and Pepe—Dereyk Patterson opens the doors of his woodworking studio on Hardscrabble Court in East Hampton. Why so early? “I just wanna make furniture,” he says. “That’s really all I want to do."