High Style Hamptons Houses

Since the late 19th century, Manhattanites have been fleeing the sticky heat of the city each summer for the breezy coast of Long Island. In fact, a 1983 article in The New York Times deemed the cluster of villages around old Southampton “as close an approach to Eden as can be found in a long journey,” noting also that “well-bred men and women find a congenial atmosphere, refined attractions in plenty.” And if you’ve ever caught an episode of Seinfeld, Sex and the City, or The Real Housewives of New York, you might note that not a lot has changed. So for those of you dreaming about your entrée into Hamptons real estate—or perhaps just researching a summer timeshare—we’ve rounded up the best-looking homes from the pages of AD, from a multicolor modern abode in Hampton Bays to a Shingle Style beauty in East Hampton.

Nearly 20 years after it was built, Shelton, Mindel & Assoc. gave this Colonial Revival Hamptons home by Robert A.M. Stern a vibrant refresh, leaving most of the structure and its classical detailing in place.

After living for more than a decade in a Shingle Style home in East Hampton, architect Frank Greenwald crafted a modern two-story abode for himself and his wife in Sag Harbor, featuring big bay windows and a gently sloping hipped roof.

On architect Peter Marino’s 12-acre, lavishly planted Hamptons plot, ‘Pink Beauty’ hydrangeas engulf the rear of the 1990s house, which looks as if it had been built in stages over centuries—a shingled Dutch Colonial section at right, a central block recalling the late-19th-century country houses of McKim, Mead & White, and an Arts and Crafts wing that could have been added around 1905.