Haute Habitats: Bridgehampton

This gambrel shingle style home earns its sturdy, weathered look, being situated just an eighth of mile from the beach. Inside, an airy, white theme warmed by bronze woods welcomes homeowners to kick off their shoes and relax in the substantial living room or share a family meal in the open dining area. Inhabitants and guests looking for a little seclusion will feel at home in the wood-paneled library complete with fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. And those who want to socialize will have a great time beside the swimming pool or in the shaded pool house.

In 1686, Ezekial Sandford was commissioned to build a bridge over Sagg Pond. He did so and the original bridge stood for almost a century. Eventually, the town around the span came to be known as Bridge Hampton, which was changed to Bridgehampton after the colonial era. Today Bridgehampton is much more than the town surrounding a bridge. Centrally located between Sag Harbor and Southampton, the gorgeous and stately hamlet offers outstanding shopping, restaurants, wineries and some of the most stunning equestrian farms anywhere. (The storied Hamptons Classic Horse Show is held here.)

A relaxed atmosphere pervades the area, although, like everyplace ending in ‘hampton, the bustle increases during the summer months. Local attractions include the beach, of course, as well as the historic Beebe Windmill at the corner of Ocean Road and Hildreth Avenue. Another treasured local tradition is the presence of crab fishermen who still seek out blue claws from the waters below the bridge.

List Price: $9.9 million
Taxes: $19,119
Style: Gambrel shingle style
Year built: 2003
Rooms: 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths
Lot size: 1.02 acres
Listing agency: Douglas Elliman