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Written by  Alyssa Nightingale

The majestic hamlet of Southampton is unlike any other place that one can visit. It is one of New York’s wealthiest waterfront locations, a playground for the New York Metro area jetsetters, celebrities and local residents. It is a part of what is known collectively as the Hamptons, considered one of the most prestigious communities in the country.

 Southampton itself is a quaint little village in the southeast part of Suffolk County, N.Y., about 90 miles east of Manhattan. Known as the oldest English settlement in New York State, Southampton’s name is believed to come from the Earl of Southampton. As of 2010, approximately 3,200 people live within the community. Several well-known residents include Michael J. Fox, Howard Stern, Calvin Klein and Felix Rohatyn, who saved New York City within a matter of hours from bankruptcy in the mid/late ’70s.
Southampton hamlet is known locally and even nationally as a diverse mix of cultural groups living together in a community of prestige with an abundance of amenities to enjoy. When you travel within Southampton, you see multi-million dollar residences as well as unique upper middle class and middle class communities. The village itself offers plenty of entertainment, an abundance of cultural and historic experiences, premier selections for fine dining, shopping, outdoor recreation and much more.
If you are looking for an overall fascinating dining experience, this is the town to visit. Plaza Café is one of the favorites of Southampton locals, who certainly enjoy the many wonderful options that can be found here. The restaurant is known for its tempura-battered spicy rock shrimp in a puréed edamame sauce, among other delights. If dining while celebrity watching is your thing, try out the Red Bar Restaurant, known for its reliably attentive staff, as well as an overall amazing dining experience. And you never know who you might see here.
As far as accommodations are concerned, there is no shortage of wonderful bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels. All are top-shelf establishments. You can enjoy the Southampton Village Motel, which has been a fixture in the Village of Southampton for quite some time. The locals as well as visitors swear by this establishment. Everything is an easy walk from the motel, especially the wonderful shops which abound within the village. If a centrally located restored bed and breakfast is more your style, try the 1708 Inn. It is known for its historic amenities and wonderful breakfasts.
As far as shopping is concerned, Southampton Village leaves little to the imagination. There are so many types of establishments, you could spend an entire weekend here and still not see everything. Of course, no visit to Southampton is complete without a stroll into Ralph Lauren, Ajia, H Groome, Hildreth Home Goods or any of the stores highlighted below.
As far as art and cultural offerings are concerned, Southampton boasts an incredible array of venues and entertainment opportunities. There is the Southampton Cultural Center that sponsors summer concerts in Agawam Park and Coopers Beach, the Southampton String Festival, ongoing art exhibits, theater and much more. If you love history, be sure to check out the Southampton Historical Museum. It consists of four historic properties, furniture and an archive of historic documents. The museum offers educational programs and exhibits designed to preserve and promote the history of the town.
 If theater is your thing, be sure to check out the Southampton Theater on Hill Street. Each fall, the theater is home to the world-famous Hamptons International Film Festival. The Southampton Center, located in the heart of Southampton Village and former home of the Parrish Arts Museum, will launch in the summer of 2013, providing quality programming through partnerships with world-class artists, performers and more.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there are parks, walking/hiking areas and great public beaches by the score. You will find an endless supply of outdoor.
Come to Southampton and experience the magic that anyone who has lived here or just visited can attest to.

Southampton Highlights:

Topiaire Flower Shop

For over 20 years Topiaire Flower Shop has provided beautiful flowers and arrangements as well as excellent service for all occasions within the community. From fresh flowers and plants to orchids, candles, body products and other items, Topiaire offers something for everyone. The fragrance outside the store alone will lure you into this beautiful shop.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren is a chic, classic clothing store. You can find sophisticated designs for men, women and children as well as stylish home accessories. This store is guaranteed to keep everyone fashionable during every season.

Stevenson’s Toys and Games

What do children dream about? We may not know for sure, but many dreams probably include a store like Stevenson’s Toys and Games. Stevenson’s Toys and Games carries nearly 10,000 items for children of all ages. The store includes the latest and hottest toys on the market as well as toys from around the world that are both fun and educational. You can also find classic toys that will take you down memory lane. There is free gift wrapping and purchases can be shipped anywhere in the world! Imagination runs wild when one walk into the store. Whether you are an adult or a child, Stevenson’s Toys and Games is sure to put a smile on your face.

Hildreth Home Goods

Hildreth Home Goods is America’s oldest and the Hamptons’ largest store for interior and exterior home furnishings and accessories. In existence since 1842, this store is the original provider of the best in bedding, bath, linens, housewares, rugs, lamps and more. It also offers complete decorating and design services. In addition to home furnishings, Hildreth’s also features children’s clothing, gifts and toys, sewing supplies, rugs and a variety of other goods. With 171 years in business under its belt, Hildreth’s is celebrating its 13th generation on the East End! With more than 80,000 square feet and three locations including Southampton, Hildreth’s offers outstanding service and is dedicated to providing quality products.

Barrister’s Restaurant

Barrister’s Restaurant is a Southampton favorite for visitors and locals alike. For over 30 years, this corner restaurant has been a great place to meet friends and family during the day and is a fun gathering spot at night. The dining room is open, airy and bright during the day and candlelit at night. It is perfect for an intimate dinner.

Vines & Branches

Vines & Branches has just opened its new location in the Village of Southampton. This gourmet oil and vinegar specialty shop provides customers with the freshest and healthiest oils available, featuring over 50 varieties of premium extra virgin oils, balsamic and gourmet vinegars, specialty olive oil-based skin care and home/wood products which will beautify body, mind, spirit and home.

Evolution Fitness

Gym owners Jason Cofield (of the Shinnecock Indian Nation) and Scott Wilson turned a high school pact into a stunning and successful fitness facility: Evolution Fitness. The high-end, professional atmosphere has made it the ideal fitness center for Southampton and the surrounding areas. The facility includes a 3,000-square-foot gymnasium and a cardio room that is home to the latest Matrix treadmill and elliptical machines – the machines operate in nine languages and provide a television as well as a Nike IPOD center and virtual active programs. Offering a wide range of classes, services and other options, Jason and Scott’s brainchild has made their 25-year-old promise worth the wait.

75 Main

75 Main is a popular Southampton hangout known for its celebrity sightings in addition to its great menu. It is fine dining with a relaxed and airy atmosphere – you should stop by. Outdoor seating is directly on Main Street. The nightlife scene offers a happy hour (4 – 7pm) and a lounge-type club with a great dance floor in the evenings (Thursday through Sunday).  It is the preferred dining destination among locals and celebrities alike.

Southampton Village Motel

The Southampton Village Motel is a beautiful and charming country inn, offering some of the finest accommodations in Southampton Village. The gorgeous landscape, park-like setting and exceptional service enhance the experience of your visit. And when you’re ready to venture out, you can walk to Main Street to see what’s going on … and leisurely stroll back after shopping, dancing, dinner or drinks. It’s a memorable addition to your Hamptons getaway.

Southampton Center

The former home of the Parish Arts Museum, the Southampton Center is located in the middle of the Southampton Village. Beginning this summer, the center will feature exceptional programs in conjunction with artists, cultural groups, performers and more. The programs will help revitalize and restore this historic landmark while aiding in the growth and support of the community.

Southampton Publick House

The Southampton Publick House is one of America’s top award-winning breweries. It includes the brewery, a restaurant and a taproom where award-winning beers are produced. The restaurant is comfortable and serves American and pub-style cuisine and a porch with tables offers the ambiance of the outdoors. The brewery has been at the same spot since the 1800s. The recipient of numerous awards, it has been ranked eighth by Specialty Breweries of the World, with three brews ranked in the top 50 specialty brews in America. If you are a beer lover or looking to enjoy a delicious meal, this is one place that you should not miss.

Cooper’s Beach

There are seven miles of exquisite oceanfront beaches within the Town of Southampton that include multiple individual beaches as well as public areas. Coopers Beach, with its soft sand and grassy dunes is one of the public lifeguard-protected beaches in the Southampton area. Rated as one of the top beaches in the country, there are seasonal and daily passes available. To see a live webcam of the beach, visit http://www.hamptons.com/Hamptons-Beach-Cam#.UY68CLXUnSg

Shinnecock Indian Reservation

If you wish to enjoy something truly spectacular, look no further than the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. The Shinnecock Indians have lived on Long Island for centuries. The annual Shinnecock Nation Powwow takes place each year during Labor Day weekend, when these Native Americans proudly display their Shinnecock heritage. According to the 2010 census, there were 662 Shinnecock Indians living on the reservation with hundreds more living on the rest of Long Island (primarily the South Fork). On Dec. 15, 2009 the Obama administration announced that the Shinnecock Reservation met the criteria for federal recognition.  For more information, www.shinnecocknation.org

Bishops Pond Southampton

For those shopping for a home in Southampton, a must-see is the newest in luxury living at Bishops Pond Southampton Village. The extraordinary collection of new construction – villas, townhouses and attached single-family homes – features classic-styled architecture with state-of-the-art amenities including five-star lifestyle and concierge services. At the center of the beautifully landscaped grounds is the body of water known as Bishops Pond. Residents benefit from a pool, clubhouse, fitness center and tennis courts, nearby golfing and one of the country’s top-10 beaches, Cooper’s Beach. This maintenance-free Hamptons living is available for $809,000 to $1.8 million. www.bishopspondsv.com; 140 Magee Street, Southampton, NY; 800.965.8265

Bishop’s Pond in Southampton featured in Forbes Magazine

Jun 04, 2013

Mega Mansions Are Out: The Hamptons Go Condo

Luxury Hamptons-Style Shingle-Style Condos at Bishop’s Pond in Southampton

The era of the gated uber-mansion basking behind the hedgerows may have peaked in the Hamptons, that celebrity-studded slice of  sun-dappled former potato farmland on the East End of Long Island, N.Y.

All the rage this summer is a new breed of housing in the elite Hamptons seaside communities of Southampton and Sag Harbor: condominiums and multi-family dwellings catering to downsizing baby boomers and those who want a luxury vacation home with all the accoutrements but without the hassles of home maintenance or needing a gardener and pool guy.

At Bishop’s Pond in Southampton, 30 semi-attached and attached luxury cedar shingle villas containing 77 town homes and flats are rising on the site of “Rambo Pit,” a former composting plant and sand mine, surrounded by single family homes and farmland, and a seven minute bike ride or a 1.2 mile hike from oh-so-chic Coopers Beach. Twenty minutes north in Sag Harbor, the former Bulova Watchcase factory, built in 1881 and in the midst of a transformation into 64 luxury condominiums, opened its first model on Memorial Day weekend.

A formal ribbon cutting was held this week at Bishop’s Pond, where, besides a clubhouse with a large gym and aerobics facility, an outdoor pool and sun deck overlooking a pond and a tennis court, a fee-based menu of concierge services includes pick up and drop off at the Hamptons Jitney or Long Island Rail Road station for the commute back to Manhattan, stocking the fridge, making restaurant reservations  or arranging for tennis or surf lessons. Buyers are a mix of year-rounders and summer residents, downsizing boomers and young families.

Steven Dubb, a principal of  the New York home builders at the Beechwood Organization, the developer, said the Southampton units, priced from $809,000 to  $1.8 million, are moving like hotcakes. Prices have been raised twice since the units hit the market two months ago with a top price of $1.4 million. “There has been a ton of demand” and “no one is really fighting on the asking price.” With only a handful of models built, about 20 units are in binder or contract.  After all, in this neck of the woods, $1.8 million would typically fetch an old ranch home on 1/4 to 1/3 acre. A single family home of similar size with the upgrades included at Bishop’s Pond  would be “north of $3 million,” Dubb said.

“It’s the same thing as a Joe Farrell mansion,”  Dubb said, pointing out the cedar shingle roofs and siding, “but in a town home.”

Open floor plans with deluxe designer kitchens with
marble countertops are part of the allure

The homes’ super deluxe finishes, from  millwork and wainscoting to  11-foot ceilings, marble counters,  wood cabinetry, glass tile backsplashes, Wolf stoves, drawer microwaves and stainless steel appliances, oak floors,  8-inch crown moldings, coffered ceilings, marble fireplace surrounds, spa-like marble master baths with freestanding tubs, separate showers and double vanities, central vacuums, lower levels with 9-foot ceilings, and Danish brick patios.

In one model, a three bedroom, 2.5 bath flat with more than 2000 square feet that opens onto a Danish brick patio,  a finished full basement doubles the bargain with  9-ft ceilings,  a full bath, a wine tasting room, an extra bedroom with a sitting area and copious living space.   A second floor model, with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, has 11-foot ceilings, a dumbwaiter from the garage, and a mahogany deck accessible through the breakfast room and master suite.

Town homes have more than 3000 square feet plus 1500 square foot basements; some with first floor master suites.  Privet hedges provide privacy in the backyards.

During the winter, homeowners needn’t worry about pipes bursting or the snow being plowed.

“It’s a way they can deal with being out here without having to maintain a home,” Dubb said. And at under $2 million, “it sounds obnoxious but out here it is affordable.” Indeed demand is swelling demand for pricey luxury vacation condos with concierge services in the Hamptons.

High ceilings, elaborate millwork and fireplaces add
to the glam appeal.

The Polo Club in Southampton, a new six-unit condominium in Southampton, quickly sold out. The three to four bedrooms range from 2000 to 2800 square feet and ranged from $1.395 million to $1.795 million. At Pond Crossing, a 16-unit townhouse condo development that started in 2008 on the site of a dilapidated Southampton hotel, 13 units are sold.

Twenty minutes north in the 19th century village of Sag Harbor on Peconic Bay,  the first model opening Memorial Day weekend at the Watchcase, an 1881 Bulova factory undergoing a $40 million transformation to a luxury five-story 64-unit condominium with a doorman, concierge services, on site superintendent and resort amenities. Additionally, eight bungalows and nine townhouses with historically-styled facades representing the architecture of the village, are under construction on the perimeter of the property, with decks and gardens facing the factory’s pool, fitness center and gardens being built over an underground garage.

With the historic fabric of the building intact, each of the condos has a unique look and layout, with original southern pine timber beams and planking on the 11 to 14 foot ceilings,  exposed brick walls and fumed oak floors, and access to a garden, balcony, or in the case of the 13 penthouses, a green roof terrace with outdoor kitchens, gas fire pits and striking views of Peconic Bay, church steeples and the main streets of Sag Harbor.

“There are people who love the magic of this,” said Craig Wood, CEO of Cape Advisors, the developer.

He expects the condominiums to be ready for occupancy next February or March. Prices range from  $1.05 million to $3.22 million for a factory loft. Penthouse lofts cost 2.59 million to   $10.2 million.  The  garden bungalows and town homes will run from $1.08 million to $6.5 million.

The town homes at the Watchcase lofts in Sag Harbor.

Mr. Wood said he expected the Watchcase to appeal to graying owners of $9 million mansions who want to downsize to the easier lifestyle of a $3 million plus condo for the convenience of a full service building while enjoy the ability to walk to the village and port. There are close to 1000 potential buyers on the waiting list, with a contract out on one junior penthouse and another on a large penthouse, “sight unseen.”



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May 30, 2013




WHAT: 77 units of five different models, including town houses and villas; all but one style have a basement and one-car garage

AMENITIES: Tennis court; heated pool; clubhouse with fitness center and yoga room; covered patio with fireplace; man-made pond with a bridge

PRICE: $800,000 to $1.8 million

SIZE: 2,039 to 3,035 square feet, depending on model type, with option of adding basement

THE STORY: The Beechwood Organization is turning this 13-acre property into a resort community. “They are selling a lifestyle here,” says Mary Slattery of The Corcoran Group, who is helping to market the development. “It’s a Florida community not in Florida.”

Units include gas fireplaces with marble or stone surround, and feature either three to five bedrooms, some with French doors that open onto terraces or balconies. Kitchens contain a Wolf stainless-steel range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a windowed breakfast nook.

Pre-construction sales have started and about 20 units are reserved. The first occupants are expected this fall.

Bishop Ponds’ current boundaries occupy both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Slattery says the developers hope to annex the town section into the village so that residents of the entire complex can access the village beaches. Discussions will continue June 6, and then the two boards will vote on the issue.

CONTACT: Bishops Pond Sales Office, 631-283-2077


Curbed: Hamptons

May 30, 2013

New Luxury Condo Development in Southampton Selling Quickly


Bishops Pond is a new high-end condo development in Southampton Village. As with the Watchcase in Sag Harbor, units are selling briskly, even though occupancy won’t be until the fall, showing that there is a real demand for luxury vacation condos with concierge services in the Hamptons. There are 77 units across 13 acres of land, with prices ranging from $800,000 to $1.8 million. Common charges and local taxes are expected to be about $1100 a month. The clubhouse offers a pool, fitness center, billiards, outdoor tennis court, and more. The models were decorated by well-known Hamptons designers Mabley Handler.
Bishops Pond [Official Site]


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