East Hampton was my second stop on my first trip out to the East Coast. My first stop was in NYC to pick up the Jitney to take me to the Hamptons. I think I was barely 18, but I will have to ask my mom because I’m sure she remembers! I spent the summer there taking care of a little boy at the family’s summer home. Coming from Idaho, this was a different world and I loved it.
What is it about the Hampt0ns that is so intriguing? Exclusivity is always intriguing and there are many things about the Hamptons that are exclusive. Many homes here are second+ homes for people. Renting a home for the summer can put quite a dent in your wallet. An inexpensive summer rental for the months of July and August in East or Southampton easily will run $30k for a small home. For a larger, waterfront property in this area, expect to shell out anywhere from $500-$700k for the 2 months. Now you see how come these are exclusive places. There is this feeling of easy-going luxury in the air. Even the most casual outings feel elite and sophisticated.
The style echos this lifestyle and here, it’s all about lifestyle! I loved the style as a teenager and I still love it as an adult. When I posted about the movie “It’s Complicated”, Sylvie (So Sylvie) mentioned that this set was designed by the same people who designed “Something’s Gotta Give”, one of the most sought after interiors inspired by a movie. The house in this movie is set in the Hamptons. You can see why people love it and want it:
Another fabulous Hamptons home is Ina Garten’s (The Barefoot Contessa). I remember eating her chocolate chip cookies and other prepared foods from her little shop in East Hampton (which she sold in 1996). Little did we know at that time that she would be the superstar she has become today. She is quintessential Hampton style. The home, the food. the garden, the friends, the parties and entertaining, and the ease at which she does it all! This is a barn she restored:
Here are a few more Hampton homes that I love:
Summer is fast approaching and the Hamptons is on the top of my favorite places to spend it (even though it’s been awhile!)
photo credits to House Beautiful Magazine