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The Hamptons

The Hamptons, highlighted (center) on South Fork of Long Island, an island 118 miles (190 km) long

The Hamptons, also called the "East End" (of Long Island), are a group of villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York, U.S. The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical summer colonies of the American Northeast. The area features some of the most expensive residential properties in the U.S.

The Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, the Montauk Highway, and the Hampton Jitney connect the Hamptons to the rest of Long Island and to New York City, while ferries provide connections to Shelter Island, New York and Connecticut.

West to east

Sherrill Farmhouse in East Hampton, New York is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Hamptons include the following hamlets and villages in the town of Southampton:

The Hamptons include the following hamlets and villages in the town of East Hampton:

The Shinnecock Reservation of the Shinnecock Indian Nation lies within the borders of the Town of Southampton, adjoining Shinnecock Hills and the Village of Southampton.


These areas constitute the core vacation area of the east end of Long Island.

Village/Hamlet Town Population Total Area Land Area
Amagansett East Hampton Town 1,067 8.0 sq mi (21 km2) 6.2 sq mi (16 km2)
Bridgehampton Southampton Town 1,381 11.2 sq mi (29 km2) 9.3 sq mi (24 km2)
East Hampton East Hampton Town 1,334 4.9 sq mi (13 km2) 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)
Sagaponack Southampton Town 582 8.0 sq mi (21 km2) 6.2 sq mi (16 km2)
Sag Harbor 60% Southampton; 40% East Hampton Town 2,313 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2) 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
Southampton Southampton Town 5,687 6.8 sq mi (18 km2) 6.3 sq mi (16 km2)
Wainscott East Hampton Town 628 7.3 sq mi (19 km2) 6.2 sq mi (16 km2)
Water Mill Southampton Town 1,724 12.5 sq mi (32 km2) 11.0 sq mi (28 km2)


Residents include many of New York City's most affluent residents, as well as a number of affluent people from other nearby states, executives, and increasingly, foreigners from Europe and South America.

The villages and the hamlets are distinguished by their significant population increases during the summers, a large number of retail shops and restaurants and extensive arts community. The arts community in the Hamptons has deep roots extending back to the nineteenth century[1] when it was an isolated rural area at the tip of Long Island distinguished more by the growing of potatoes[2] than by fashion. Residential real estate prices in the Hamptons rank among the highest in the nation,[3] and, as of 2013, the real estate market was hot with prices rising for both home buyers and sellers and rentals. Lavish parties are commonly seen in the Hamptons. Particularly attractive were modest homes within walking distance of village centers.[4]

In particular, Sagaponack, Water Mill and Bridgehampton were cited by Business Week magazine as being the first, sixth and eighth most expensive zip codes in the nation, respectively.[5] In 2015, according to Business Insider, the 11962 zip code encompassing Sagaponack, within Southampton, was listed as the most expensive in the U.S., by real estate-listings site Property Shark, with a median home sale price of $5,125,000.[6]

Amenities in the area include the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton; the Parrish Art Museum and the Watermill Center[7] in Water Mill; the Guild Hall, a museum and theater, in East Hampton;[1] the 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 number three and number 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[8] in East Hampton.[9]


The Hamptons' history as a fashionable summer resort and dwelling place of high society date from the late nineteenth century when the community changed from a farming community with good potato ground to a popular destination. In 1893 The New York Times, based on its natural advantages and the quality of the Summer Colony located there, compared The Hamptons favorably with the Garden of Eden:

As of 2015 commercial and residential development and the crush of summer and weekend visitors had reached crisis proportions.[11]

In popular culture

The Hamptons and Hamptons society are frequently featured on-screen and mentioned in films and television, with wealth being the overriding theme.

In films

In television

  • The series Revenge takes place in the Hamptons.
  • In addition to this Gossip Girl was set in The Hamptons during the first two episodes of season 2, while the cast were away from New York City for summer vacation.
  • The series "Castle" has taken place in The Hamptons on three occasions, first was in the show's fourth season. The second was at the end of the show's sixth season. The third and most recent trip to The Hamptons for the show was in the show's seventh season.


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External links

  • "Real Estate 101 in the Hamptons", The New York Times.
  • "Studios by the Sea", Vanity Fair, August 2000.
  • "The Most Expensive Golf Courses in the Country", Forbes magazine.
  • “Ruffling A Few Feathers In One Of America’s Most Exclusive Retreats, The Hamptons” Tayfun King, Fast Track, BBC World News (2008-08-01)

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