I have been wanting to write this post for a very long time---The whole celebrity craze out here in the Hamptons has made for another sort of experience for the average person who lives here, and the person who seeks out relaxation and anonymity during the summer here as well.

Firstomatoest of all, the reason I say "Out Here" or "Out East" when I speak of the Hamptons is that is exactly what it was always known as: "Are you going out to the Hamptons this weekend?", or "Are you going out East this weekend?" is a common question because it is notoriously a second-home or vacation resfarmlandort.

New York City is where most people come from; they spend time here in the Hamptons in their second homes and/or rentals just to get away for the weekends and summers.

Well, it is home to about 58 thousand people who live out here all the time, "Year-Round" as they say! These people call this place home and would never want to live anywhere else. Their families generally grew up here--and their family's family as well...In fact so many families here trace their roots back to the original settlers in 1640 and the cemeteries that dot these local landscapes testify to that.


Then there were the potato farmers that came here from Ireland in the mid 19th century, escaping the certain death that was all around them in Ireland at the time.  And then the Polish families that movedLOCAL POTATOS here too at a later date but for a similar reason. They flourished here and grew their potato farms expertly and became the backbone of the Long Island Potato business up until the mid-20th century.


Farmland is still a key component of the land here "Out East" but it has to be protected by a preservation tax paid to the Town of Southampton by buyers of homes and vacant land at the closing of all sales on property in Southampton and East Hampton. 

relaxztionThis is to preserve the vacant land that exists and to prevent over-development of our precious farm land.

Is it working? I would suggest it is in a way. It is after-all a large sum when you look at the facts. You must calculate the 2% into any plans to purchase land or improved property. 

All in all, there is still plenty of peace and quiet here--you just have to know where to find it!

Beaches are vast here and it is easy to find yourself completely alone without planning on it. When that happens you can hear the water ebb and flow and lap at the beaches edge. You can feel the pull of the tide if you sit quietly enough and breath in and out with the ebb and flow. It truly is a gift if you can experience it without interruption. The same can be said of the grassy parkland that exists in so many parts of the Hamptons...they are all there to enjoy. Nature trails can be found trailing off into the distance from many country roads here---take a jaunt down one of these pathways and you are sure to be surprised at the sheer beauty all around you!

Come here to the Hamptons--not for the frenetic pace that can be seen more and more on the busy streets of the Hamlets--but for the daily breath and ease of a quiet sunny day sitting in the grass or on a sandy beach, quietly listening.....




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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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Comment balloon 6 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • February 05 2018 07:36PM


How wonderful to give us another perspective of "The Hamptons." I must admit, I've always associated it with celebrity. I just love your insider information regarding the rest of the folks who live there all the time. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 months ago

Debb and Bernie: Thank you so much for reading the post...I was hoping it would get the attention from people like you....My marketing department was the one who asked for the "flashiest maids quarters" the other day for her PR report and It was just too much for me to swallow. We have so much here of real substance and historical significance and it is completely ignored for the "money" minds and the celebrity types!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 10 months ago

What, there are average people living in the Hamptons?  Who knew!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

Hi Meryl....yes, there are normal folks here. They are the hard-working people who have been here for a very long time. More and more new folks are moving here though and it is a compliment to the peaceful existence one finds here!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 10 months ago

You have certainly made the Hamptons sound inviting Paula

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 10 months ago

Hi Lisa,

Good--that was my intent! All kidding aside, it happens to be so charming and lovely here that unless one has a lot of money it is very off-putting to think of even visiting here. That is unfortunate in my humble opinion. When I first stated coming here it was a very different sort of resort. It was quietly and inexpensively chic to have a rental here. To own a house here was affordable and the Town taxes are so low that people would think they got the "find" of the century when they did buy. Very famous people would come here and "disappear" amidst the crowds of the ordinary folks---they were left alone and given their anonymity. No one would track them down or even approach them on the street. It all started to change when the crowds began to gather here simply for the nightlife and the glamor of the summer parties--then the media got ahold of the stories that would unfold here and with celebrity being the attention getting bunch that they are, those stories got made into cheap and trashy movies, giving the Hamptons a "dirty" name.  Too bad, too sad!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 10 months ago