Haute Habitats: Amagansett

Many of the hallmarks of fine living in the Hamptons are here, especially elements of the rustic and the refined. The home’s roof and second-story windows peek over the row of privacy hedges along the street. Pull up on a gravel-lined driveway and the entryway reveals itself.

Under that traditional roof, sheathed in cedar shingles, is a tastefully sparse front door. The landscaping around the home is a mix of classic and casual hydrangeas set against more formal bluestone squares floating in the lawn. Inside the home feels open, in part due to 10-foot ceilings and views straight through to the heated in-ground pool out back. Chunky base and crown molding, along with trim around the windows and fireplaces adds to the handcrafted feeling. The first floor’s bright white and open floor plan is designed for easy living and entertaining as guests float from the pro-grade kitchen to the dining space to the sofas in the living area. A first floor media room will entertain when the rain keeps everyone inside, though the wall of French doors lining the space frames sweeping views of the well-designed landscape, pool and pool house that are inviting even on overcast days.

By The Numbers
List Price: $2.9 million
Taxes: $7,600
Style: Traditional
Year Built: 2007
Rooms: 11 1/2
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Fireplaces: 2
Lot Size: Just under 1/4 acre
Listing Agency: Saunders

About Town
Amagansett remains one of the most understated towns on the East End. The East Hampton hamlet has more in common with casual Montauk than it does with the jet set vibe just a few miles west. But this Amagansett home is anything but roughing it.

It’s a subtle luxury and much of the drama and intrigue here is by natural design. Its undeveloped coastal beaches are a rarity in these parts and are distinguished by their double dune system, at the Atlantic Double Dunes Preserve and the Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge. Even Main Street, a designated historic district, maintains traditional charm with many of the original buildings retained as private homes, restaurants and B&Bs.

Shop for beach-chic and country-class apparel and gifts at small boutiques in Amagansett Square or browse contemporary art at local galleries like Ille Arts and Crazy Monkey. The historic Amagansett Farmers Market is a must visit. A retail farm stand abutting seven acres of farmland, the market offers the true flavor of summer living that this quiet beach community is known for, selling produce, fish, bread and other products from the North and South Forks. Amagansett is a low-key beach community, where the order of the day is flip-flops over Louboutins.