SAG HARBOR, NY: Sag Harbor offers a wide variety of real estate locations including waterfront homes for sale, summer rentals, properties with magnificent water views and village houses all located around an idyllic historic seaport.
Sag Harbor, which is within both the Town of East Hampton and the Town of Southampton, is approximately 100 miles from New York City, easily accessible by Hampton Jitney, the Hampton Luxury Liner, the Long Island Railroad and Expressway, Connecticut ferries and by boat. The historic village offers magnificent real estate, many fine restaurants and boutiques and is home to the Bay Street Theatre, the legendary American Hotel, the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum and the first Customs House in the United States. The large boat basin harbors a variety of yachts and sailboats serviced by the Sag Harbor Yacht Club and the Breakwater Yacht Club, and hosts weekly sailboat races in season.
Sag Harbor nightlife includes taking in the incredible views of the yacht basin at the Beacon, Dockside Bar & Grill, or B. Smith’s on Long Wharf. Among the many other fine restaurants in the Village are Tutto Il Giorno, Page, the American Hotel, the Cuddy and Il Capuccino. The village has also become a lively cultural center centered around the Bay Street Theatre, Hamptons Film Festival and seasonal events like the Sag Harbor Musical Festival, Harborfest and the Harborfrost festival.
Sag Harbor has been a thriving seaport since the middle of the eighteenth century. When President Washington approved the creation of Sag Harbor as a Port of Entry, the Village had more tons of square-rigged vessels engaged in commerce than New York City. Sag Harbor today still looks like a whaling town, with meticulously preserved homes and stores, narrow streets, a busy wharf, a sparkling harbor and several marinas.
Sag Harbor has long been considered a writers’ haven. ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ author James Fenimore Cooper arrived in Sag Harbor in 1818 searching for whales and taking notes that surely informed his many sea stories. John Steinbeck was living on Sag Harbor’s Bluff Point when he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962 and set his novel, “Winter of our Discontent” in the Village. Other well known writers such as E.L. Doctorow, Betty Friedan, Joe Pintauro and Lanford Wilson have taken their inspiration from Sag Harbor. The village is mentioned several times in literature’s most famous whaling book, Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick.”
Warm weather mariners have a rich array of marinas, yacht clubs, and docks to choose from along Sag Harbor’s shores, with the vista of Shelter Island in the background. Sag Harbor’s quiet sand and pebble beaches have gentle waters for swimming, kayaking and boating. With its proximity to the Peconic Bay and its inlets and bay beaches, in a village setting, Sag Harbor is attractive to water and boating enthusiasts. With a rich architectural heritage, the village offers a wide range of properties from large restored homes to casual beach cottages. Examples of early American architecture from the 18th century can still be found, and Captains Row is renowned for its beautiful homes in the Greek Revival, Georgian, Italianate and Victorian styles.