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Hamptons market retains value for buying and renting
By Benjamin-Émile Le Hay and Elyse Adler
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MARKED the beginning of The Hamptons season. Most South Fork luxury renters and buyers have already pounced on their oceanside residences this year. It is more then evident that the most sought after town is Amagansett; followed, in no particular order, by Sagaponack, East Hampton, Water Mill, Bridgehampton and Wainscott. Geoff Gifkins, Senior Vice President at Nest Seekers International added that, “Southampton Village is still one of the strongest sale markets.” There seems to be “activity in just about every category—finished homes, fixer uppers, teardowns, land—as long as the location is good and the value can be established,” according to Jennifer Brew, Associate Broker at Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons. Corcoran’s Executive Managing Director in Bridgehampton, Ernie Cervi, reported that sales have been especially strong this year. “We saw an increase in units in the second quarter this year over the same period last year.” While it’s late in the season to buy or rent, there is still great value in investigating your options. The market has officially stabilized in this coveted enclave, boosted by strong international buyers and renters, but there are still ways to come out on top despite the high demand. Mr. Cervi attributes the record high prices to an influx of international buyers hailing from Russia, France, Italy, Germany, England and China. “This is an international resort and an excellent investment or second home for foreign buyers,” he said. Ms. Brew explained that The Hamptons have become a global brand, attracting wealthy international socialites and moguls. “[They] have a great deal of influence on this market since they contribute to demand…those people come to the Hamptons for luxury vacation homes that are also solid investments.” Mr. Gifkins shared a similar belief regarding the Hampton’s market. “International buyers 34 Old Orchard Lane are normally very savvy, financially in east Hampton. liquid and make purchases based on sound investment,” he said. Harald Grant, Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s International Realty, explained that, while he has clients from Europe and South America, “the bulk of our buyers still hail mostly from the greater New York City area.” Paul Brennan, Regional Manager of the Hamptons for Prudential Douglas Elliman said that “the market usually goes sideways during the summer as people try to enjoy their vacations.” But don’t equate the market’s horizontal movement with dismal sales activity. Priscilla Garston, an Associate Broker also at Prudential Douglas Elliman, said that prices are climbing as volume has increased and inventory has decreased. “It is a much better time for sellers. The market remains ideal for buyers with great prices and the lowest mortgage rates in years,” she said. Mr. Brennan agreed and offered his advice: “Buyers should not wait to buy. Now is the time due to low interest rates and ebb in market conditions.” Lynn November, Senior Vice President at Prudential Douglas Elliman, noted that potential renters may discover that “most of the great

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55 Ridge Road in Southhampton.

‘Prices for prime properties— south of the Highway and Oceanfront—are higher than they’ve ever been, even before the crash.’
Jennifer Brew, Brown Harris Stevens

rentals are taken, or the homeowners have decided to use them.” Ms. Brew, of Brown Harris Stevens, also believes that the summer season market for rentals has already ended for July occupancy. “Now we’re getting a lot of requests for August rentals,” she said. “But buyers are still buying houses—we

aren’t really seeing the summer slack off that we’ve experienced over the past couple of years. This year, several of our buyers are former renters who’ve grown tired of renting—and tired of shopping for homes.” The driving factor for most renters and buyers is location and everyone wants to be within close proximity to the ocean. “Bay, ocean, pond or any waterfront in any hamlet,” Mr. Cervi said. For those feeling a bit priced out, there are a few alternatives that still provide buyers and renters with ocean-front access. “Shelter Island is a fabulous place to buy waterfront at lower prices than the Hamptons,” reported Ms. Garston. Sag Harbor and Montauk are other popular hamlets that still have the complete Hamptons atmosphere and may provide friendlier price points. But don’t despair! Ms. Brew stated that there are still rentals available in non-oceanfront properties. “If a prospective tenant is willing to trim Continued on page C2

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waterMill ceNter gala – the Big BaNg

July 28

Hamptons community comes together for this party of the season with cocktails and a live art auction followed by a tented sit down dinner at a fabulous location. The gala benefits Guild Hall, which has a vast array of cultural programming and art exhibits. Tickets start at $1000
Tickets for Juniors $300 and Juniors Cocktails $100 www.guildhall.org

Watermill Center, Water Mill
The worlds of theater, art, fashion, design and high society come together for this visceral experience on the grounds of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, which provides a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore new works. Summer program participants from 30 countries will create eight acres of installations and performances for the event.
Tickets $500 cocktail Tickets start at $1000 www.watermillcenter.org

authors Night

August 11

Gardiner Farm, East Hampton
Here more literary talent gathers under one tent than is imaginable. Over 125 distinguished authors participate in a special cocktail party and book signing to benefit the East Hampton Library. Guests continue to a series of private dinner parties hosted by the Hamptons’ most glamorous residents in honor of different authors.
Tickets $100 cocktail party www.authorsnight.org

Guests at The Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton view a sand art installation.

Catering doyenne Janet O’Brien and partner-in-crime Heather Buchanan tell us where the movers and shakers will be this summer in The Hamptons.
MidsuMMer Night driNks

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July 14

Parrish Art Museum, Southampton
The PAM will bid adieu to its space on Job’s Lane and move into a new Water Mill location. This benefit will honor the “creative spirit of the East End” including painter Chuck Close, choreographer Paul Taylor and writer/historian Barbara Goldsmith. Guests will enjoy drinks, dinner and dancing in a totally transformed tent. It is the social summer destination for top artists, philanthropists, corporate and social leaders. The After 10 Party with drinks, dessert, and dancing is a favorite of the younger social jet set. Tickets start at $1000
Tickets for After 10 Party start at $150 www.parrishart.org

July 21

LongHouse Reserve Gardens, East Hampton
Bright lights of the creative world always arrive thematically-dressed for this enchanted evening in the gardens. This year, Composition Long House Summer Gala honors Robert Wilson and Dorothy Lichtenstein. It is always a magical night.
Tickets cocktail hour $350 Tickets seated dinner start at $750 www.longhouse.org

July 21

Private Residence, Sagaponack
Held at the Sagaponack home of Ross Bleckner, the annual Cocktails at Sunset event will benefit the ACRIA, The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America to support AIDS research and awareness. The evening will feature a silent auction of fine art, DJ and dancing with champagne provided by Veuve Clicquot and cocktails by Belvedere Vodka.

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July 28

Hayground School, Bridgehampton

June 16

Private Home, East Hampton
Held in the gorgeous gardens of Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper’s East Hampton estate, this celebration of cocktails and music benefits God’s Love We Deliver, which provides high quality nutritious meals to people with serious illnesses.
Tickets start at $300 www.glwd.org

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Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack
This event is always a highlight for culinary connoisseurs. Guests are treated to delectable bites from local and New York City premier chefs. Paired with fine wine from Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, the dinner is an epicurean’s delight. This year the event honors Ted Allen and the judges of the Food Network’s Chopped. In addition to benefitting the James Beard Foundation, the organization will be presenting a scholarship for rising local culinary talent.
Tickets start at $200 for James Beard members and $275 others www.jamesbeard.org

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the East End gala will feature special guest Alec Baldwin and help aises money to preserve the environment and the East End’s natural beauty. Wölffer Estate Vineyards is the perfect en plein air setting, which consistently attracts a dynamic crowd for cocktails, dinner and dancing.
Tickets start at $500 www.groupfortheeastend.org

July 14

The Ark Project, Water Mill
This event draws over 1,000 guests for the coolest dance party of the season. DJ Lady Bunny keeps guests dancing and spirits soaring all evening as the crowd shows its support for LGBT rights. There’s special fun for the kids as well. This event sells out so buy your tickets in advance.
Tickets start at $150 www.prideagenda.org

To taste the best of the Hamptons, Great Chef’s dinner is a must-attend event, featuring tasting stations from some the Hamptons’ very best chefs. The cocktail party includes local wine and cocktails, a silent art auction and live music. Afterwards guests can enjoy a spePolo star Tickets cocktails on the cial dinner prepared in Nacho lawn $500 Jeff’s Kitchen, a culiFigueras. Tickets for dinner start at nary school for kids and $1000 adults on the Hayground www.acria.org School campus. Funds will benefit the school’s scholarship fund, named after beloved resBridgehaMptoN polo taurateur Jeff Salaway. 16th aNNiversarY

aNiMal rescue FuNd (arF) Beach Bash

August 18

Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club, Bridgehampton
ARF brings out the animal lover in any guest that looks into the faces of its rescue dogs and cats. ARF refers to this beach bash as “Jewels of Summer” for its ocean-side setting, fresh produce and prime position for watching the moon rise. Guests will enjoy cocktails, raw bar, dinner and dancing with a silent and online auction.
www.arfhamptons.org

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Bridgehampton Polo returns July 21 – August 25 for Saturday afternoon high goal matches. Nacho Figueras has partnered with Owner Peter Brant to bring attention back to the actual game. Held at Two Trees Farms, the match will have a VIP Tent for a select number of guests invited for a pre-match reception and ring side seat that will feature a more understated and luxurious atmosphere this year, thanks to event organizer Shamin Abas. Tailgates and stadium seating are also available.
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Tickets $150 Meet The Chefs cocktail party Tickets $750 Dinner in Jeff’s Kitchen www.greatchefsdinner.com

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August 25

Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton
Harvest East End is a not-tomiss tasting of some of East End’s best wines and foods. The evening will benefit the East End Hospice, The Group For The East End and the Peconic Land Trust.
Tickets start at $125 www.harvesteastend.com

southaMptoN hospital gala – graNd prix MoNaco

August 4

Tent Wickapogue and Old Town Roads, Southampton
With a 54-year history, the Southampton Hospital Gala is always on the calendar of the sophisticated socialite. The evening features cocktails, a silent auction, raffle, dinner and dancing with an orchestra and this year benefits the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department.
Tickets start at $750 www.southamptonhospital.org

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Private Residence, East Hampton
Held at the Springs Harbor home of artist Cindy Sherman, this inaugural event will feature a picnic of tapas and cocktails with an art auction and performances by Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Ruben Blades and Luba Mason. It benefits The Azuero Earth Project, which was founded to preserve the earth’s ecosystems and promote healthy living communities.
Tickets start at $1000 www.azueroearthproject.org

Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
This event is held on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor where guests have the chance to party alongside some of the world’s most luxurious yachts. The benefit draws stage and screen luminaries and, of course, will feature cocktails, dancing, tapas and more.
The lavish poolside decorations at a health benefit in Water Mill. Tickets start at $550 www.baystreet.org

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July 28
Water Mill
Having raised over $3.5 million last year for Ovarian Cancer Research, Super Saturday is the feel-good shopping extravaganza of the summer. The event will feature over 200 designers offering fabulous goods at fabulous prices. The event boasts a carnival and games for the whole family. It is also a celeb

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Private Location, East Hampton
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Continued from page C1 their expectations a little, and make a fair offer on a house they find appealing, they might just get a nice house at a good price,” she said. Mr. Cervi recommended looking into homes in Westhampton or Montauk where “you can still secure a great rental.” Potential summer renters and buyers are still faced with overcoming limited show clauses that many properties have, according to Ms. Garston. “It is often difficult to show homes with limited show clauses because very often they can only be shown during the week. However, there are many that are accessible so it is still a good time to look.” For those who missed out on a full summer rentals, Ms. Garston suggested renting for shorter terms— for two weeks or one month. One last step toward finding your next Hamptons hideaway is making sure that contracting runs smoothly. Gioia DiPaolo, Senior Vice President at Prudential Douglas Elliman, suggested seeking the assistance of legal counsel before committing to purchase any property in the Hamptons. “It’s imperative [that] you have someone in your corner who knows the local building codes, Architectural Review Board procedures, etc.,” she said. The Adam Miller Group, P.C. is one such premier real estate law firm that is a favorite among the many legal eagle East End residents. The firm has counseled over $500 million in real estate transactions

‘Prices are still down from the high of 2007, so there are many buyers taking advantage of the lower prices and low mortgage rates.’
Geoff Gifkins, Nest Seekers International

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A night shot of the stunning property at 230 Old Montauk Highway. The modern interior of 34 Old Orchard Lane in East Hampton. The flag flies high at this Bridgehampton horse farm and residence listed at $3.95m. Take a dip in 15 Dune Road’s fabulous pool in Quogue.

since 2007 and has overseen a wide range of residential and commercial real estate activities including sales, leasing, planning, financing, acquisitions and zoning. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent in the Hamptons, it is always best to be prepared and investigate all of your options, to keep an open mind and make sure to have a little fun in the process.

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This exciting, unusual triplex apartment is modeled on a private residence in London. The apartment is located in a fine, prewar Fifth Avenue building. The lower level has a gallery with a floating staircase, in the style of Delano and Aldrich. There is a formal, book-lined dining room; a large, lacquered family room/eat-in kitchen; a stainless steel scullery and a powder room. On the second level, the gallery leads to a formal living room with a fireplace and hand-stenciled Florentine wall covering. The lacquered library/media room is large and comfortable. There are also a bar and a powder room.The third level has a gallery, 3 bedrooms, and 2 marble baths. The living room, dining room, and master bedroom have oblique Central Park views.This fully-serviced co-operative building has extraordinarily low maintenance charges which include utilities. Pied-a-terres permitted. WEB:0016296

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A piece by Alexander Calder. Art Southampton invades the East End July 26-30.

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or the true social secrets of The Hamptons you need to turn to the inside sources. No app can match that. Here are some new and old restaurant favorites you have to check out. And if you’re ready for your close-up, we’ve got the beauty magicians and style leaders to dress you and your home in their Hamptons best. We divulge our recommendations for where to relax or brush up on your culture. Tell them Janet O’Brien and Heather Buchanan sent you.
most prestigious caterers and event specialists in The Hamptons, continues to provide its clientele with a team of experienced professionals and master chefs and un-surpassed value. Under celebrity chef Marco Barrila, the distinguished, exclusive catering company provides top service for any style event including weddings, product launches and premiers. The team designs menus for the precise taste of the customer and uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Past events have included clam and seafood bakes, beach and lawn parties and intimate dinners for two, all the way up to social dinners for 500.

The new space, painted in hues of blue, is constructed around an tropical fish tank and includes an outside patio. Featuring new American cuisine from chef/ owner Matthew Guiffrida with an outside patio, the lounge is your ready-for-rosé destination.

swallow east
474 West Lake Drive, Montauk
Southampton’s Publick House.

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40 Bowdoin Square, Southampton
www.southamptonpublickhouse. com

ous locations in Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor.

InsatIable eats CaterIng
63 Main Street, Southampton
www.insatiableeats.com

the amerICan hotel
49 Main Street, Sag Harbor
www.theamericanhotel.com

Insatiably hungry? Insatiable EATS Catering, one of the

lt burger
www.ltburger.com

62 Main Street, Sag Harbor
LT Burger is a family-friendly oasis for the all-day, all-American meal with take-out as well as sit-down options. Perfect après beach or before the movies at Sag Harbor’s indie film cinema.

Southampton Publick House is more than just another restaurant in The Hamptons. It is the East End’s most famous and successful microbrewery. The winner of countless awards from the Great American Beer Festival and rated best brewpub by Beer Advocate Magazine in 2003, the Publick House serves its patrons fantastic beer brewed mere feet from where they sit. In particular, you must try Phil Markowsky’s masterful manipulation of the traditional Belgium “white” beer, the Southampton Double White (91 in Draft Magazine and 94 on RateBeer.com). Aided by the hints of Orange and Coriander, the Double White is light and crisp, which distinguishes it from most “double strength” brews. It is a treat for any level of beer aficionado.

Montauk’s newest dockside restaurant is a true Hamptons’ experience. The menu features New American small plates paired with specialty cocktails and incorporates only the best local produce and seafood that comes fresh off the boat. Co-owner James Tchinnis worked with designer Zach Bliss to bring the dock inside - that is to say that Swallow East boasts truly nautical décor.

This is the destination for the lovely hour – that’s happy hour, only prettier. The power players gather here at this historic Victorian hotel, restaurant and bar. The special Janet O’Brien connection will get you a coveted seat on the porch. With a wine list that weighs more than both your Yorkies and steak and seafood delights to complement, oenophiles will be in heaven.

With locations in Bridgehampton and throughout Manhattan, Exhale Spa is a name to know for any Hamptons visitor or New York City busy bee. Now in over 11 cities, Exhale began on New York’s Upper East Side with their sprawling 10,000 square foot space at 980 Madison Ave. From its highly popular Core Fusion classes to truly unique therapies such as Core Contouring or the Salt Body Scrub, Exhale comes highly recommended for anyone wishing to unwind and detox.

toppIng rose house
One Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton
www.toppingrosehouse.com

The deck of the Surf Lodge.

the softserve fruIt Co.
www.softservefruitco.com

flywheel byron bar and restaurant 65 Montauk Highway, at surf lodge East Hampton
183 Edgemere Street, Montauk
www.thesurflodge.com www.new-york.flywheelsports. com

Table settings at LT Burger.

The SoftServe Fruit Co. is once again offering its delectable, dairy-free frozen yogurt throughout The Hamptons. The best part: a cup of this refreshing treat is less than 90 calories. Summer flavors include tangerine, banana, mango, strawberry, blueberry and dark chocolate and can be combined with a wide variety of toppings, including dairyfree whipped topping. Continuing for the second year, the Hampton Coffee Company has expanded its summer menu to include the signature soft serve fruit alongside its breakfast items. The Golden Pear Café will also be offering the brand through its vari-

The highly anticipated revival of this historic inn in Bridgehampton is well on its way. Named in the 1840’s after its original owner, the Topping Rose House is set to open in late summer will feature 22 guest rooms with a spa, pool and restaurant, all from Top Chef Tom Colicchio. Topping Rose House will no doubt be the inn-spot for the glitterati.

muse In the harbor
16 Main Street, Sag Harbor
www.museintheharbor.com

Byron Bar and Restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef Chris Rendell, has brought new energy to the Surf Lodge. Mr. Rendell’s Aussie cooking philosophy reflects in its simple and clean, marketdriven menu. With a shift in ownership, the Surf Lodge has a more relaxed spirit than before and remains a Janet O’Brien favorite after a day of surfing at her secret hideaway.

Muse formerly in Water Mill has moved into Sag Harbor.

A fun and exciting alternative to the monotony of the daily gym routine, Flywheel has mastered the art of “spinning.” With an in-house DJ and a plethora of distinctive trainers, every session feels new and exciting. Clients have complete control over their bikes with “tech-packs” and personalized private accounts to analyze results. For those who need extra motivation, there is Torqboard that (only when opted into) ranks class attendees by performance. Another unique feature is Flywheel’s stadium seating – which ensures that everyone has the best seat in the house. There is no better way to get in shape for The Hamptons than to jam out and beat your friends.

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Get into shape at Browning’s Fitness

60 Windmill Lane, Southampton
www.browningsfitness.com

Browning’s Fitness

Mary Ann Browning, Founder and President of Browning’s Fitness has a star-studded roster of clients in New York City and knows how to keep your body looking great and feeling good. The team at Browning’s Southampton is well-versed in cardio, weight-lifting, pilates, nutrition and yoga. From spin classes, to dance and swimming, the ways to get in shape here are endless.

band Matt Coffin’s worldly taste and desire to embrace the creative community. She sought out artisanal companies for everything from candles to furniture to decorate their newly-renovated twostory space. On June 16 Janet O’Brien Caterers and Events will help MONC XIII to celebrate designer Steven Gambrel’s book “Time and Place” (invitation only).

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2491 Montauk Highway,

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Custom Cool creations.

Just opened in Bridgehampton, this is a fashionista’s find. Michelle features her own jewelry and resort wear designs as well as other emerging designers with unique pieces including clothing, sunglasses, beach towels and men’s wear. They embody colorful and effortless chic in fabulous fabrics. Clients can also collaborate with the designers to create custom pieces at surprisingly affordable prices.

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a line of handbags that combine their textiles with fine leather.

B. B. BaLsam
83 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Barbara Balsam brings a sophisticated flare to her Sag Harbor clothing boutique. You’ll find brands here not available elsewhere, and her perfect eye will outfit you from head to toe. Barbara is Janet’s secret weapon for transforming from day to night in signature style.

Kelly has taken the routine out of the fitness routine. Her training includes everything from a TRX suspension training to special core work outs in the middle of the bay on a stand-up paddle board. More summer camp than boot camp, her philosophy of Fun Integrated Training promises gain without the pain – well maybe a little pain.

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40 Madison Street, Sag Harbor
www.monc13.com

Natasha Esch’s new home store in historic Sag Harbor is a reflection of her and hus-

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If you’re in need of new rugs, accessories or a whole new design, this Quogue luxury design company is worth footing into. Custom Cool designs one-of-a kind pieces crafted with the finest materials and a responsibility to green and fair labor practices. While it specializes in handwoven rugs, kilims, cushions, drapes, pillows and children’s décor, Custom Cool also has

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a Wee ly mor, Premier oceaNfroNt Southampton Village | $14,750,000 | This magnificent 1880s 3-story ‘summer cottage’ has 10 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, 4 fireplaces with original mantels, formal dining room, large kitchen and many porches including a ‘sleeping porch.’ Web# H50573

great PlaiNs road estate area Southampton Village | $11,500,000 | Charming 6 bedroom, 4 bath home is situated on 2 acres in the estate section.Formal dining room, office, detached 2-car garage with studio apartment and Gunite pool on south side. Exclusive. Web# H0153827

Briar Patch road estate East Hampton Village | $9,950,000 | This 14,000 sf. hilltop residence boasts 7 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. Views over a 17 acre preserve, bordered by stone patios, a pergola, pool, outdoor spa and guest house. Exclusive. Web# H46373

North haveN WaterfroNt Sag Harbor | $7,300,000 This 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath home offers it all; gourmet, eat-in kitchen, media room, and 3-car garage, heated infinity Gunite pool, hot tub, poolhouse, and outdoor grill, all overlooking Noyac Bay. Professional landscaping. Southwest exposure. dock. Web# H40042

BridgehamPtoN WaterfroNt Bridgehampton South | $5,800,000 | This modern compound is on 1.5 waterfront acres with 168 ft on Sam’s Creek, a fraction of a mile to the Atlantic Ocean. First floor master suite, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Soaring cathedral ceiling, 2 fireplaces and waterside heated Gunite pool. Web# H0157630

amagaNsett oceaNfroNt Amagansett | $4,995,000 | Enjoy oceanfront living with first and second floor panoramic ocean views. Unobstructed views from ground level which is a rarity! This 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2-story home is an exceptional value. Exclusive. Web# H26061

Bulkheaded With Beach aNd BoardWalk Shinnecock Hills | $2,595,000 | Spectacular views south across Shinnecock Bay to Meadow Lane. 90 ft of bulkheading with sandy beach. Access to Shinnecock Bay. Recently renovated with large master suite and bath. Web# H0150061

village traditioNal momeNts to oceaN Southampton Village | $2,785,000 | This recently renovated, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room with fireplace and sunroom/family room. Web# H53744

Prime acreage iN sag harBor Sag Harbor | $595,000 | Two convenient, undeveloped, hill-side acres on a quiet country lane. The property, facing Peconic Bay, has deeded water rights to a secluded nearby harbor perfect for kayaking, canoeing, sailing and boating. Web# H0344080

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Bond No. 9’s new Sag Harbor boutique.

THE VILLAGE LATCH
BOUTIQUE HOTEL SOUTHAMPTON

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sprawling Great Gatsby Hotel that defines Southampton’s lifestyle. This tranquil five acre estate is perfectly located, right in the village within a short walk to Southampton’s most fashionable shopping streets and restaurants. You can walk, jog or bike ride to the unspoiled Cooper’s Beach with its miles and miles of unspoiled white sandy beach. All 40 rooms are individually styled, some with modern decor, others with antiques from every corner of the globe. Choose between duplexes and suites, rooms with fireplaces, balconies, decks, and wicker filled sitting rooms, Thailanese and English country living rooms. In addition to its eclectic ambiance, all rooms include private bath, AC, cable TV. Breakfast is served in both our intimate dining area or outside on the patio, nested in serene gardens. Relax in our heated pool surrounded by

chaise lounges. Free tennis, parking on premises and a fitness studio, just a block away. In addition there are several villas to rent with private access for families, wedding parties, photo shoots, film companies and corporate outings. It comes as no surprise that celebrities and the who’s who of the Hampton social scene have enjoyed the comforts of the Village Latch, including Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden with their White House staff, Ethel Kennedy, Fran Dresher, Ann Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Isabella Rossellini, Matt Lauer, Lauren Hutton, Bill Murray and the list goes on and on. From Frommer’s to Fodor’s the Village Latch is recommended in many travel books as the best place to stay in the Hamptons. It’s the only Stanford White Great Gatsby Hotel left in the Hamptons. A true oasis yet surrounded with the best Southampton has to offer.

Bond no. 9
www.bondno9.com

45 Main Street, Sag Harbor

What does New York City smell like? This is the ambitious question that Laurice Rahme is attempting to answer with her founding of Bond No. 9. Ms. Rahme has created the first fragrance line inspired not by nature, but by the urban beauty of New York. Her ultimate goal: to create a scent unique to and indicative of every neighborhood in the city. Broadway Nite imitates the bright lights and limitless energy of Times Square with its sharpened and powerful manipulations of your more tepid floral scents. If you want to smell great and take a little more NYC wherever you go on the island, Bond No. 9 should be your first stop.

Reservations: 1-800-54-LATCH 101 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Member of “Luxe Premiere Hotels and “Small Elegant Hotels.”

www.villagelatch.com

Wölffer estates:
139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack
www.wolffer.com

Beers of Distinction Since 1996

The Hamptons would not be The Hamptons without its unparalleled array of pastel pants. Whether made by Vineyard Vines, Ralph Lauren or J.Crew, the pastel pant remains the staple of any man’s Hamptons wardrobe, with every cocktail party an ocean of salmon, teal and aqua. If the colors provide the scenery, then it is the other iconic accessories of any partygoer that provide the lubrication: a large glass of wine and a good ol’ G and T. Luckily enough for us, any good cocktail party on the island will have a bar stocked with plenty of Bombay Sapphire and the East End’s own vino from Wölffer Estates to satisfy our needs. Remember to drink responsibly, which means safely—yes—but also well.

drinking their wheat grass juice. Many have been using a new ultrasound Ultherapy lifting treatment offered by Dr. Mark which produces stunning results and continues to work wonders for months. This non-surgical process cuts the downtime of other antiaging procedures and could be done during lunchtime.

sKin By Veronica, Veronica taylor
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GET ART and CULTURE
Keszler gallery
45 Main Street, Southampton
www.keszlergallery.com

where to

Veronica has a cult following for her skin care treatments that are as much about health as beauty. As a Paramedical Esthetician who deals with top doctors, technology, and product lines, she educates her clients on the truth behind beautiful skin. She offers hightech grooming for the guys, too.

danny diMauro hair stylist
dannymtk@mac.com

LOOK GOOD
dr. Kenneth MarK derMatology
Offices in East Hampton and Southampton
www.kennethmarkmd.com

where to

For the best tresses in The Hamptons, hair stylist Danny DiMauro gives you that perfect seaside summer look. Danny, who is featured in this month’s GQ, works with private clients to create the most flattering cuts and styling.

With two locations on Main Street in Southampton, The Keszler Gallery makes a point of showcasing the best emerging and established contemporary artists from revolutionary guerilla artist Banksy, who shot to fame with his illegal wheat pastes, paintings and public installations, to Russell Young, who explores concepts of trauma, sex, history and revolution through his photography and screen printing. The gallery periodically hosts art show openings, parties and events.

art southaMpton By art MiaMi
Elk Lodge, Southampton
www.art-southampton.com

Hamptons socialites aren’t just getting more sleep and

Dr. Mark.

Mid-summer brings with it Art Southampton, the northeastern contemporary and modern art fair and marketplace put on by Art Miami. Art Miami has been held in the Sunshine State for the last

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FABUlOUS, SOPHISTICATeD COMPOUND Southampton | $8,900,000 | Prestigious country estate on 2.7 acres, minutes from ocean beaches. A winding drive leads through a private gate down rolling horse farm hills, passing by a garage house and a guest house. Features 9 bedrooms, 8.5 baths and first and second floor terraces that overlooking the fabulous landscaped grounds and pool. Web# H35090. Michaela Keszler 631.204.2743

PICTUReSQUe eSTATe East Hampton | $8,000,000 | This 5-bedroom Traditional boasts 5,800 sf of entertaining space and features a sun-filled formal living room with fireplace, luxurious master suite with fireplace and private terrace, and sleek stainless steel kitchen, which opens to a spacious family room and dining area. Exclusive. Web# H51124. Enzo Morabito 516.695.3433 | emorabito@elliman.com

WATeRFRONT ON NORTHWeST HARBOR East Hampton| $6,400,000 | Sunset views over 126 ft of unobstructed Northwest Harbor Beachfront. Features 6 renovated bedrooms, a 40 ft long living room, a huge master suite, new eat-in kitchen and an indoor heated Gunite pool with water views for year-round swimming. Newly listed. Exclusive. Web# H37629. Lori Barbaria 516.725.7059 | lbarbaria@ elliman.com

MODeRN IN THe COUNTRY East Hampton Village Fringe | $4,995,000 Perfectly sited as one-level living, this residence has 5+ bedrooms, all en suite. The spectacular covered porch is flanked by a 70 ft Gunite pool. Beautifully appointed with the finest of carefully curated modern lifestyle furnishings. East Hampton’s newest modern design sensation. Co-Exclusive. Web# H49456. Josiane Fleming 631.267.7383

MAGNIFICeNT WATeRFRONT VIeWS Quogue South | $3,750,000 | Indulge in the ambiance of the open bay front and the ocean with private dock. This beautiful 4-bedroom home boasts an open kitchen, living room and family room with fireplace, all featuring vaulted ceilings and windows overlooking the picturesque setting. Expansive decking surrounds the heated Gunite pool. Exclusive. Web# H40407. Lynn November 631.680.4111

A CeNTURIeS OlD 3-STORY BARN East Hampton | $3,495,000 | Nestled amongst 2.5 acres lies this 3-story barn with 4,700 sf of living space, floor-to-ceiling fireplace and dramatic hand hewn beams. Five en suite bedrooms, including first and second floor masters, and gourmet kitchen. Extensive bluestone patios with two cooking areas and a Gunite pool. Minutes of the village. Web# H12282. Brian Buckhout 631.267.7346

lIVe YOUR DReAM East Hampton | $3,000,000 | Just moments to the beach, and wrapped on two sides by reserve this 4-bedroom, 5-bath home is meticulously maintained and has water views from most rooms. Master suite with luxurious bath, fireplace and private deck. There are 3 additional en suite bedrooms, and the open floor plan offers a double-height ceiling, finished basement. Web# H43272. Robin Kaplan 631.267.7384

UlTIMATe HARBOR FRONT ReTReAT East Hampton | $2,195,000 | Unique 3,000 sf 3-bedroom, 3-bath custom home. Antique post and beam-style interior with waterfront access bordering reserve. The first floor boasts a large waterside living room, kitchen overlooking a large Gunite pool, and a formal dining room. On the second floor, a large en suite master is accompanied by an office and living space. Web# H44032. Justin Agnello 631.267.7334

CHARMING VIllAGe HOMe East Hampton | $1,750,000 | Restored to perfection and updated with modern amenities, this home retains Old World charm in the heart of East Hampton Village. Ready to move in for summer. Lovely pool, garden and separate garage. Sitting porch in front and a great bonus room. A must see. Exclusive. Web# H0159105. Bonny Aarons 516.383.0333 | Janette Goodstein 516.380.7341

THE MOST COMPELLING HOMES IN THE HAMPTONS ALL SHARE THE SAME ADDRESS. ASKELLIMAN.COM

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East End artist Ross Bleckner is scheduled to host ACRIA’s Hamptons gala this year.

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two decades and The Hamptons event will feature over 65 international art galleries and a 75,000 square foot VIP pavilion chock full of indoor and outdoor works of art. The festivities will run from July 26-30, when collectors and enthusiasts can admire and purchase work from the world’s best artists. A VIP preview kicks off the event on Thursday evening to benefit the Southampton Hospital. Check out the details at artsouthampton.com.

think you’re in the middle of nowhere, but you right in the heart of it all,” she said.

and EXPLORE...
Marders
Enjoy a garden lecture at Marders.

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120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton
www.marders.com

STAY

The Village laTch
101 Hill Street, Southampton
www.villagelatch.com

BrowningMETHOD
60 Windmill Lane, Southampton

Owner Marta White describes Southampton’s Village Latch Inn as a “Great Gatsby estate.” Designed by Sanford White, the inn features forty rooms and several villas from the old Merrill Lynch Estate. The Inn’s storied East End history traces back to the Irving Hotel, which was the first upscale lodging of its kind. “We saved these buildings from the ‘wreckers’ from being torn down,” Ms. White said of The Village Latch’s first renovation nearly

thirty-five years ago. The multi-building, whiteshingled hotel is spread across five acres of lush green grass and includes the main hotel and three separate villas with charming names like The Terry Cottage and Homestead East. Each room varies in size and décor, and balconies, fireplaces and outdoor decks abound. An accoutrement of global odds and ends—Burmese puppets, Tibetan rugs, and masks from New Guinea— decorate the place. “I’m an artist,” said Ms. White. “I see a room as a box—it’s the creative part that I love.” The property also has a heated swimming pool and tennis court and has hosted a number of celebrity guests ranging from Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden to Sarah Jessica Parker, Carly Simon, Isabella Rossellini, Kate Hudson and Fran Drescher. “You

This family-owned Bridgehampton business, founded by Kathleen and Charlie Marder, got its start by selling firewood and doing small lawn projects, thirty years ago. Now Marders occupies a 33-acre site that provides an assortment of gardening and landscaping needs. In addition to rare plants, garden furniture and accessories they offer an array of free summertime activities in which to partake. The Marders’ son, Silas, added an art gallery on the property which offers free art exhibits by various artists throughout the season. Want to watch a flick? Friday evening, you can throw down a blanket and enjoy a picnic and a movie. Free garden lectures and wildlife demonstrations are also offered on various summer days.

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A garden view at the Village Latch.

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ART WALLY FINDLAY

Exhibiting at

July 13th - 15th, 2012
Opening Night Preview Benefiting LongHouse Reserve July 12th, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Located at Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark

ARTHAMPTONS

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145 East 57th Street, 3rd Foor, New York, NY 10022

PRISCILLA HEINE
(B. 1956)

Art Southampton presented by Art Miami - the premiere International Contemporary & Modern Art Fair and marketplace for acquiring the finest works of art available in the Hampton’s. The fair will feature a carefully selected group of 70-75 international art galleries, with a strong focus on primary artists and select secondary market works. LOCATION: The Art Southampton Pavilion Southampton Elks Lodge 605 County Road 39 Southampton, NY 11968 info@art-southampton.com

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STUNNING 4 ACRE WATERFRONT MATTITUCK, NY
9300 SF, 7 Bedrooms, 9.5 Bath Web ID 45892

web id 45892 JEFF STEINHORST 631.287.9260

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15 ACRES SHELTER ISLAND

$12,750,000 15 acres , 1 acre C zoning, web id 44099

CHRISTOPHER COLLINS 631.204.7329

Water Mill  8000 SF, 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bath web id 39064 MARCY BRAUN 516.375.6146

WATER MILL WONDER! $5,995,000

WATER MILL WATER FRONT FARM

VILLAGE ESTATE AREA $3,400,000 $4,500,000 1.5 acres, 19 acres preserved land East Hampton  6000 SF, 6 Bedrooms, 6 Bath web id 45944 DAVID SALAND 631.766.4690 web id 40483 JOHN BRADY 631.294.4216

BAYFRONT TRADITIONAL $2,895,000

Southampton  3000 SF, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bath web id 35083 NANCY SKULNIK 631.356.3566

Water Mill  5000 SF, 6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Bath

SECLUDED ESTATE $2,850,000

web id 38999 NANCY SKULNIK 631.356.3566

PRIVATE, CLOSE TO VILLAGE! $2,500,000 VILLAGE CLASSIC $2,595,000 Southampton  2480 SF, 4. Bedrooms, 3 Bat h East Hampton  3500 SF, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bath web id 33244 DEBORAH GINSBURG 215.260.5154 web id 42753 BETTY FARRELL 917.744.7667

CLOSE TO VILLAGE AND OCEAN! $2,249,000
Southampton  2500 SF, 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath

5 BED / POOL AND TENNIS $1,900,000
web id 37062 JOHN BRADY 631.294.4216
Sagaponack 3500 SF, 5 Bedroom, 5 Bath

6 BED WITH POOL AND MORE! $1,250,000 TRUE ELEGANCE Price $2,595,000
Southampton  2800 SF, 6 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath

web id 39186 JEFF STEINHORST 631.901.2165

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East Hampton 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bath Web#40484 JOHN BRADY 631.294.4216

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