Haute Habitats: East Hampton

Upon arriving from the gravel driveway, the home’s entrance announces itself with columns supporting the gabled gambrel roof. Like a gracious host, the wings of the home embrace guests as they enter. Step through the traditional six-panel door into a two-story entrance that is rustic underfoot (warm, worn wood floors) and crowned above by an elegant ornate chandelier. While the kitchen exudes country charm—earthy, green cabinets, terra cotta flooring and cream-colored walls—the commercial grade appliances are anything but simplistic. The feeling of lightness breezes through most of the public rooms courtesy of French doors that open onto the backyard. Guests can entertain themselves in the heated in-ground pool that is ensconced in stone, or break for lunch in the nearby, room-like patio that is defined by stone and shrubbery. The lawn offers the perfect setting for volleyball or bocce—it’s up to you to decide how to work off lunch.

The town of East Hampton embodies “the Hamptons” in every sense of the word. Literally, it stretches from the village of the same name east to Montauk, engulfing a massive swath of the prized East End. The town puts on a show full of arts, entertainment, culture, celebrity sightings and culinary festivities from the first whiff of summer until late fall (and for some, the winter holidays). Homes here range from quaint shingled summer bungalows to mansions of the rich and famous, all of which clamor for spots on the village’s famous beaches. A vibrant Main Street supports beloved local brands like London Jewelers and Hildreth’s Home East, as well as international giants like Ralph Lauren and Magaschoni. When shopping isn’t on the agenda, museums, galleries and a dizzying number of parks divert the attention. The year-round residents bristle at the thought of the summer invasion, yet both groups continue to make East Hampton a destination. Few places are as refined and rustic, as contemporary yet fiercely traditional.

List Price: $12.4 million
Taxes: $63,018
Style: Dutch colonial
Year built: 2000
Rooms: 26 Bedrooms: 7 Baths: 8 full, 3 half Fireplaces: 5
Lot size: more than 2 acres
Listing agency: Sotheby’s International Realty