SOUTHAMPTON, NY: Specializing in luxury real estate in Southampton, Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons provides the finest selection of summer rentals, waterfront properties, country estates and exquisite homes for sale in every style and price range.
Perhaps more than any other area on the East End, Southampton is identified as much for its history as its status as one of world’s most luxurious summer resorts. The Village of Southampton, settled in 1640, is the oldest English settlement in the state of New York, and the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, established in 1701, is the oldest Native American reservation in the United States. During the eighteenth century, with the expansion of the railroad to eastern Long Island, wealthy New Yorkers found refuge from the densely populated city in the beauty of the pastoral countryside and fine, sandy beaches. Large estates and manor homes, affectionately dubbed “Summer Cottages” began to be built near the ocean in what is now considered the estate section and the foundation for the modern real estate market was created.
The unique natural light of the area, aided by the reflection off the many bays, inlets, ponds and of course the Atlantic Ocean, attracted many artists including American Impressionist William Merritt Chase, who created many renowned works of art here. The Parrish Art Museum, opened in 1898 in the heart of Southampton Village, has the largest collection of Chase paintings in the world, and has opened a new state-of-the-art museum space in Water Mill. The lure to the artistic continues today, where among the many contemporary art venues is Robert Wilson’s avant-garde Watermill Center.
In addition to countless beaches, enchanting bays and inlets ideal for boating, kayaking and paddle boarding, recreation in Southampton includes several world-class golf courses, including the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which is the oldest private 18-hole golf course in the United States and will be hosting the 2018 U.S. Open; the National Golf Links, and the Sebonack Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak.
Southampton Village itself has approximately seven miles of extraordinary oceanfront with eleven individual beaches, and in the center of town is Agawam Park, which includes a 60-acre fresh water lake. Dining choices are abundant, from fine cuisine at restaurants such as Le Chef, the Southampton Social Club, Redbar Brasserie, Tuscan House, and Sant Ambroeus. Very popular casual destinations include the Southampton Publick House, La Parmigiana, the Golden Pear and the Driver’s Seat.