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Great Escapes: The Hamptons, New York

Karen Cakebread

Shingle Belles The socializing. The restaurants. And yes, even the Long Island rosé for summer sipping. The attractions are plentiful in the Hamptons, especially for the thousands of nearby New Yorkers who choose to vacation here. Long Island’s Gatsbyesque South Fork is an affluent area that encompasses not only towns and hamlets with Hampton in their names, but also villages such as Sag Harbor, Water Mill, and North Haven. From a design perspective, large, traditional shingle-style homes may prevail—and for good reason, from a maintenance standpoint—but plenty of modern wonders also are offered as vacation rentals.

North Haven Low-profile North Haven occupies a peninsula off the village of Sag Harbor, in the Southampton township. What it lacks in dining and shopping options (Sag Harbor and nearby East Hampton and Southampton can fill those needs) it makes up for in privacy. The waterfront estate on 2 acres has a 60-by-30-foot infinity pool with a spa tub and floating daybeds, as well as a fire pit. The 7,500-square-foot shingled home has windows galore and three traditional herringbone fireplaces. Besides the requisite formal living and dining rooms, the property has a theater and a gourmet kitchen designed by Bakes & Company, a Hamptons-based firm known for its custom cabinetry.

Bedrooms: 6. Rates: $375,000 July through Labor Day, $395,000 Memorial Day through Labor Day, $450,000 yearly. Contact: Christopher J. Burnside, Brown Harris Stevens, Christie’s International Real Estate, 631.537.4320, www.bhshamptons.com

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