The summer of 2017 is heating up in the Hamptons with several trendy new restaurants opening up. In Sag Harbor, a new bistro features woodburning cuisine. In East Hampton, feast at a French Tavern, or try southern Italian cooking. Relish the menu at a summer pop-up restaurant, whose main restaurant in New York City received the No. 1 spot on the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. In the Springs, find comfort in an American pub-style Tavern. In Amagansett, discover another new eatery owned by a famous South Fork vineyard. There will be plenty of appetizing new fare to indulge in on the East End this summer.

Captivating New Construction in Hot, Hot, Hot Quogue – $3,500,000 The Goods – Brand new captivating high-end 4,000 square foot construction on a private lane in Quogue. Curated with stunning finishes and systems. Four en-suite bedrooms include two master suites. Heated gunite pool and spa. Exquisite kitchen, pool house, garage, and smart home automation.

 

As the 2017 summer season kicks off, another busy year is expected for Hamptons real estate both in rentals and sales. Rentals are trending towards monthly rather than full season, while sales are already better than last year. Amagansett, Sag Harbor, Water Mill, and Bridgehampton are hot. Waterfront is in very high demand, while new construction is active. In select areas of the market, prices are rising slightly, while inventory is decreasing. Predictions are for a good year in Hamptons real estate.

 

Outdoor living is in vogue. Whether a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, hidden speaker system, graceful pergola, or gorgeous garden, your outdoor space adds another dimension to your Hamptons lifestyle. The trend now is towards more natural design with aesthetics in mind. Choose neutral colored sofas or wooden garden sculptures, or a repurposed bench from natural cedar branching. Use minimal soft lighting. Combine traditional with contemporary styles and exotic plants with natives. Here are some landscape designers and builders to help you create your outdoor space into a ‘destination.’

  The Hamptons has many wonderful Garden Centers. From annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruit trees, and large/rare trees, to tropical, native, and deer resistant plants, there is a wide variety of plant species to choose from. Some Garden Centers also have charming Gift Shops offering a selection of pottery, birdhouses, sculptures, garden tools, and garden ornaments. In addition, many are full service Garden Centers, featuring expert horticulturalists, landscape architects, designers, and soil scientists on staff to help you design your own garden and landscape to suit your individual taste and needs. Here are some specialty Garden Centers in the Hamptons to help get you started.

  Luxurious Modern Home in Sagaponack, Overlooking 10 Acres of Reserve – $23,500,000 The Goods – This recently completed 11,665 sq. ft. +/- modern masterpiece was artfully crafted by Hamptons premiere developer, J. Bialsky Premiere Design & Development and designed by GRADE New York. Set on 2 acres abutting a 10-acre reserve, this 6 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom home features sleek, open concept living spaces with top-of-the-line materials and modern touches including imported stone, cedar siding, custom stained eucalyptus wall panels, and sliding walls of glass. A myriad of amenities can be found throughout, including multiple terraces, a custom vanishing edge pool, room for a sunken tennis court, private pavilions, and an entertainment area on the lower level with a home theatre, wine cellar space, and gym. IN# 42074.

As 2017 begins, an active year is anticipated for Hamptons real estate in both the rental and sales markets. The Villages of Quogue, Westhampton Beach, and Sag Harbor are hot spots, waterfront is always desirable, and new construction is in great demand. With inventory slowly shrinking, prices starting to rise, and interest rates about to creep up, a steady sales market is expected. The Hamptons continues to be a popular destination for those seeking an exciting and glamorous lifestyle.

The 2016 Hamptons real estate market started out slow and steady overall and for some realtors, picked up tremendously this summer. But with high-end sales down, prices decreasing, and inventory rising, it was a buyer’s market. Sag Harbor, Montauk, and Hampton Bays were the hottest markets. As we approach 2017, with lots of pent up demand, predictions are for a good sales year in the Hamptons. Susan Breitenbach of The Corcoran Group says, “Hamptons real estate for 2016 started a little slow with quite a lot of inventory, but picked up tremendously this summer. Prices were good, inventory was up, and so it was a very good time to buy. I had a very good year – selling $150M in just the last ninety days, including four sales over $20M. Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton were very active as was waterfront and the $1M-$5M market. There was a tremendous amount of new construction spec homes adding to the inventory, making it more of a buyer’s market.” Susan predicts, “Now that the election is over, I think things will settle and spring 2017 will be good for Hamptons real estate.”

By Ruth Thomas Waterview Traditional – $1,895,000 The Goods – Spread out over 3,800 sq. ft., this 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 3-level beach house is just steps to the water. An open floor plan features a living room with fireplace, large dining area, and professional kitchen. There is a cozy den with an adjacent full bath. The master suite has a walk-in closet and master bath. The upstairs features a junior master suite and three guest rooms plus an additional full bath. The lower level has an additional living room, laundry, and a large sun-filled gym/media room with kitchenette and full bath. The new heated gunite pool has a waterfall and bluestone coping. MLS# 55304. Why it’s a good deal – Listing agents Vanessa Mothes and Bryan Midlam of Compass say, “The house is a great deal because it is one of the only options on the market below $2M that has this much space, is fully renovated and recently built. It has a water view and a fully finished walkout lower level with brand new gunite pool with waterfall, and 3 levels of outdoor entertaining. A combination of this location and amenities doesn’t exist elsewhere at this price point!”

By Ruth Thomas From Westhampton Beach to Montauk, holiday shopping is always a special treat in the Hamptons. Goodies can be found in the many independently owned shops, stores, and boutiques throughout the Villages of the Hamptons. Featuring stylish clothing, unique jewelry, great books, gourmet cheeses, and more. Support your community by shopping local over the holidays. The popular Village of Westhampton Beach is known for its many charming shops. From books to clothing, you can find it all at the chic boutiques along Main Street. Lynne’s Cards & Gifts, owned since 1989 by Lynne Jones, carries timeless and trendy toys and gifts for all ages and occasions.