The Hamptons is a unique place with a mind of its own. Sprawling from Southampton all the way to Montauk on Long Island's East End, it's a 28 mile stretch of immaculately manicured lawns, and picture-perfect towns—each with their very own character. From the polished East Hampton, to the bohemian Amagansett, it's no wonder that New Yorkers flock to the beachy locales that reflect their tastes and preferences.
The beauty of the Hamptons is that you can make it what you want: it has some of the best locally grown food and wine for entrepreneurial chefs, the best shopping for the sartorially inclined, and some of the best restaurants for avid foodies. The quiet towns, that swell up from 3000 to 20,000 residents in summer months are also filled with elegant art galleries and family-friendly activities.
But perhaps the most notable aspect of this luxe destination is its real estate: a veritable treasure trove of compounds and cottages all crafted by their unique and original owners. We've scoured the Hamptons to find the most insanely stunning homes in all shapes and styles. Get ready for some serious beach house envy.
Call Aerin Lauder the queen of the Hamptons. Her chic Greek revival manse in East Hampton has all the elegance an charm the Hamptons is known for: immaculately trimmed hedges, all white everything, and a flair for the vintage.
Though located in the North-East, her pool house has the flair of a Palm Beach or Bahamian escape: leafy palm fabrics, sisal rugs, and a statement coral chandelier.
The modern home masterfully blends Scandinavian antiques with Hamptons comfort in a relaxed beachy atmosphere.
Southern chef Katie Lee called on her pal Nate Berkus when came time to decorating her Southampton escape. By blending her southern charm, and a laid-back Hamptons vibe, she created the ultimate endless summer home.
The duo chose a soft feminine palette mixed in with a few punches of colour to reimagine Lee's existing furniture in a new, more casual context.
In another cottage by Joe Nahem, colourful art is married with vintage modern finds. A towering fireplace anchors the space.
The East Hampton home feels both comfortable and playful, with midcentury nods, and quirky art.
In the quiet town of Sag Harbor resides Blythe Harris—co-founder of Stella & Dot—and her family. To create the perfect summer escape, she called on the help of designer Elizabeth Cooper.
The clapboard cottage was refurbished with a decidedly farmhouse aesthetic: vintage beams, blue and white stripes, and rustic accents. Perfect for an understated weekend home.
In Southampton, a beachfront house in dire need of an upgrade got interior designer David Netto's magic touch. A smart blend of nautical accents, and elegant furnishings rendered the house locally appropriate without being tacky.
The sky blue floors and beach photography give this house a laid-back breezy vibe—just what this high powered couple with a growing family needed to respite from their stressful life in the city.
Rockstar photographer Ben Watts (yes, Naomi's brother) fell in love with Montauk while on a photoshoot for J.Crew, and quickly established roots there as a weekend escape.
True to his party boy reputation, he created the ideal space for entertaining large groups, blending classic beach style with his quirky colourful aesthetic.
In Amagansett—a town nestled between East Hampton and Montauk—interior designer Jen Going crafted a tasteful beach house far away from the expected beachy aesthetic for her clients.
By blending organic textures and elegant modernist accents, she achieved the highest level of laid-back refinement.
When interior designer and architect Mark Zeff came across this barn style home on Long Island's East End, he wanted to create his "ultimate sanctuary."
Dubbed Blackbarn, the home is light-filled and dramatic in a stark palette of black and white. Zeff used pops of fuchsia, as well as antiques and collectibles from his travels to create this unique escape.
In Watermill, a quiet town nestled between Southampton and Bridgehampton, designer James Huniford transformed a 1910 farmhouse into a chic monochrome home.
By keeping the palette white, and the floors gray washed, he built a calming neutral palette for the young owners.
In a complete departure from the classic shingled Hamptons home, architecture firm Sawyer Berson built a contemporary beachfront compound in Southampton for designer Kelly Behun.
The manicured lawn and stark white architecture serves as backdrop for Behun's impressive museum-worthy art collection and unique furniture. You won't find a more unique home on Long Island.
Between Pilar Guzmán, editor of Condé Nast Traveler, and her husband Chris Mitchell, publisher of Vanity Fair, this couple knows a thing or two about style. So when they decided to renovate an 1890s single style home in East Hampton, they wholeheartedly embracesd the challenge.
They chose a warm neutral palette for the interiors to reflect the colour of the shingles outside—and filled the home with iconic designs, like Børge Mogensen chairs, and Lindsey Adelman chandeliers.
Fulfilling our wildest dreams, this residence on Georgica Pond in East Hampton boasts a picturesque grass tennis court worthy of a Wimbledon championship. Designed by Sawyer Berson, the quaint home has everything to offer and more.
In keeping with the lush green scenery outside, the home was decorated in beautiful green tones, with an elegan mix of midcentury and farmhouse accents.
Steven Gambrel just might be the Hamptons decorator par excellence. With his latest project, he turned a 20-acre farm in Bridgehampton into a comfortable weekend home for a large multigenerational family.
Gambrel's strong suit is color, which he masterfully blends with ease. Duck egg blues harmoniously mix with deep jewel toned teals, and vibrant apple greens in this family-friendly estate.
New York-based designer designer Robert Stilin chose a quintessentially Hamptons aesthetic for his clients in Amagansett, NY.
In a classic shingled home, he effortlessly mixed modern antiques, with laid-back seating, and breezy furnishings. In the master bath, he added the pièce-de-résistance, a cast-iron copper tub from Waterworks.
This dreamy Arts and Crafts manse in East Hampton is home to Delphine and Reed Krakoff. She is principal at Pamplemousse Design, and he is a fashion designer. With the help of architect Mark Ferguson, and landscape architect Perry Guillot, they transformed the property into a gorgeous family home.
True to her French background, Krakoff covered the floors in reclaimed herringbone, and outfitted the space with iconoic antiques.
Tell us about your dream beach house. Would it be in the Hamptons, or would you pick a more exotic locale?