Located just 80 miles from Manhattan, the Hamptons has an art and social scene that attracts affluent people from around the globe. With its sophisticated yet historic villages, open vistas, farms, vineyards and top rated beaches, this is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The Hamptons are a group of villages and hamlets in the townships of Southampton and East Hampton, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York. The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical summer colonies of the American Northeast. They have some of the most expensive residential properties in the U.S.
The Summer Colony’s residents include many of New York City’s affluent residents, as well as a number of affluent people from other nearby states, executives, and increasingly, foreigners from Europe and South America.
Villages and the hamlets of the Summer Colony are distinguished by their significant population increases during the summers, a large number of retail shops and restaurants and extensive arts community. Residential real estate prices in the Hamptons rank among the highest in the nation,and, as of 2013, the real estate market was hot with prices rising for both home buyers and sellers and rentals. Particularly attractive were modest homes within walking distance of village centers. In particular, Sagaponack, Water Mill and Bridgehampton were cited by Business Week magazine as being the 1st, 6th and 8th most expensive zip codes in the nation, respectively.
Clubs and Amenities
Other amenities in the area include Sebonack Golf Club, the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, National Golf Links of America in Southampton and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. The Shinnecock and National golf clubs were recently voted as the #3 and #10 ranked courses in America by Golf Digest magazine. Exclusive private clubs provide additional recreational resources to the very affluent in the area. These clubs include The Bathing Corporation of Southampton, the Southampton Bath and Tennis Club, and the Meadow Club in Southampton Village and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.