HISTORICAL AND UNFORGETTABLE: ONCE UPON A TIME IN SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE...
Restaurants, movie theaters, library, playgrounds, drugstores, Grocery stores and more are all within a 1/2 mile radius within the Village limits here and that has been the driving force for homeownership in Southampton since it was founded in 1894.
Small wonder then, that Southampton Village, New York is THE destination for home buyers! Buyers, looking to buy here in the Hamptons are looking for "proximity" more than anything else right now.
The fact is that Southampton Village and the other Hamlets that make up the "Hamptons" are all where they were since the very beginning for good reason, when there was no mass transportation; when even a buggy ride was a luxury! In the 1600's people walked every place they went.
Farmers, carrying their bags of wheat and rye in a wooden sleigh in the winter and wheel barrow in the summer, walked to the grist mill in water Mill.
There were no massive farms then; family farms were just a source of food--a way of life that every living human needed to live and thrive in the earliest times here in the Hamlets of the Eastern End of Long island, New York. Walking was the main mode of travel.
A horse and buggy could help them out but most of the time it was a walk that got you to the place you were going---a job at the Halsey farm; church on Sunday morning or a walk to the general store for provisions.
Flash forward to the 21st century.....
Again, the residents who have homes, either second homes or primary residences here are all walking to the shops, the grocer, the restaurants. They are walking to the ocean beaches, to church, to synagogue, museums, to the theater and to the library here in Southampton village--and it is all on purpose!
Walking is the favorite means of travel here in the Village of Southampton--everything is so close and being that this Village is the ONLY village built right on the ocean here in the Hamptons, it makes sense that walking is the favorite pass-time.
Fitness gives incentive to all who visit here, who live here or those who have a summer home here.
That is it! That is why this area, Southampton Village and other villages here in the Hamptons are THE place to buy right now; record sales for the area are happening in the places where the amenities mentioned above are located. Running, bicycling and walking are frequent pass-times; the Village of Southampton makes them all easy and fun!
This is not news to those of us who are in real estate in Southampton Village, New York. It is THE destination for home buyers. When buyers come looking, they invariably ask for a Village location, especially since the economy faltered and failed in 2008-2009.
Maybe it's the need to save money on gas?--maybe the need for a relatively easy way to stay fit? These young and not-so-young buyers are ahead of the game if they bought at the bottom of the market...from January '08 to the present. They are young (in their thinking!), savvy New Yorkers, New Jersey and Connecticut families who have spent summers here over the years. They are adventerous Europeans, Brazillians, Chileans and other South Americans who treasure the beaches here over all others in the world. They have picked Southampton Village in which to settle down where they can take walks at twilight with their little ones--where they can dash out for a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee at the Golden Pear on Main, or an old fashioned breakfast at Sip 'n Soda, on Hampton Road.
A FEDERAL STYLE THROWBACK TO THE EARLY SUMMER COTTAGES...
The importance of architecture here in the Village of Southampton is subtle. It is commonly understood that a new home that is built in the Village has a common thread with the past: Traditional and stylish and generally influenced by the summer cottages of the 18th and 19th centuries. The newest homes, the ones that are replacing the ranches of the 50's and 60's and the capes of the 30's and 40's, are more desirable if they are the Greek Revival, Federal Style, and Gambrel roofed styles. Generous on the amenities and very appealing to the eye, these new homes and renovated older classics all reflect a very high standard of building and design.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO EAT....
Southampton Village, New York is the one hamlet that is a year-round community and it draws more and more residents each year as people seek refuge from crowded cities, a healthy place to raise a family and for a place to retire.
Here, in this historically famous village, people can shop without the pressure of the big city, they can enjoy a leisurely and delicious meal at La Parmigiana on Hampton Road or an unforgettable meal at Red bar also on Hampton Road. Try the well known Silvers on Main Street or Delmonico's on Elm for a New York City steak house classic! A great lunch or brunch can be had at Le Chef and Little Red on Jobs Lane. Also, on Jobs Lane, you can enjoy a delicious lunch at The Drivers Seat, or grab a sandwich or a picnic of salads and treats at the Cheese Shop on Main Street, the Blue Duck on Hampton Road or The Deli right near the playground! Lobster rolls and baguette sandwiches, heroes and salads can all be enjoyed right in the park next door.
To shop on Jobs Lane is an unforgettable experience; it has been so since the very beginning--Stevenson's Toy Store now fills an original 2 story building that sits across from the Driver's Seat restaurant.
The former Parrish Art Museum building now houses Southampton Cultural events that are open to the public during the summer. Historically significant, the building and the gardens were designed by the famed Central Park Landscape Architect, Frederick Law Olmstead--The tall columns of the classical Busts of Caesar still stand strong on the famous grounds and line the lovely brick walk which takes you from Jobs Lane to West main street... a scene not to be missed if you come to The Hamptons.
An ice cream cone from the Fudge Shop on Main, a delicious homemade soup and salad at Silvers, an Italian Ice or a 5 star dinner at Sant Ambroise also on Main can make you never want to leave this fabulous and historic village.
The Village of Southampton makes for a perfect place to grow a family--playgrounds, beaches, walking trails, fine schools, theaters and the Southampton Library are all here to support the way a child grows, learns and develops into a happy and productive adult...Homes, such as the house on the left here, are being built for those families who choose to be here full time or the weekends. Because of the proximity to playgrounds, picnic aeas, walking trails and more, children love the Village way of life--after-all, an ice cream cone is just moments away!
Located on a well known historic street, the houses shown here are exactly mid-way to the Village center and to Little Plains beach. These homes are representative of the sort of houses that home buyers are looking for: On a tree-lined street with the ocean at the end, and just 2 blocks to the center of the Village!
This is the way it should be---Nothing is better than to walk out your front door and be in the center of town or at the ocean beaches in 5 minutes!
Make it a point to come to Southampton Village, New York this summer---Spend a day, a week, a month, a summer or forever right here in Southampton Village, New York.
**ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT IN THIS BLOG IS ORIGINAL TO PAULA I. HATHAWAY. The views expressed herein are my personal views and do not reflect the views of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995; Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York
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