Founded by English settlers in 1648, East Hampton boasts magnificent oceanfront estates, quaint clapboard houses over two centuries old, and some of the most splendid beaches in the world. Outside the village, ponds, wetlands and woodlands abound. Numerous historic houses and buildings remain in East Hampton, among them Mulford Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the East Hampton Historical Society. East Hampton’s Further Lane and Lily Pond Lane are among the most famous and exclusive streets in the U.S.
The arts have played an important role in East Hampton’s history, and that connection continues today. In the 1950s the Abstract Expressionists, including Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning, had homes in the Springs, just north of East Hampton Village. East Hampton still has a thriving arts community and numerous galleries. Guild Hall presents art exhibits, concerts and theatrical performances year-round. Each autumn East Hampton is home to The Hamptons International Film Festival, and there are many other opportunities to explore the local art scene. East Hampton’s flourishing village center buzzes all year, with world class restaurants, chic boutiques and a diversity of shops.
The exclusive Maidstone Club, founded in 1891, has a famous seaside golf course for the use of members and their guests. Charity golf tournaments also take place there. East Hampton’s Main Beach is one of the top-rated beaches in the U.S., with wide expanses of fine, white sand and spectacular mansions just behind the dunes. Head west (to the right) and you can walk to beautiful Georgica Beach, at the end of Lily Pond Lane and near Georgica Pond, a popular surfing spot that also has a stone jetty used for fishing. Cedar Point County Park, on Gardiners Bay on the northern side of East Hampton, offers camping areas, rowboat rentals, nature trails, fishing, biking and a small general store and snack bar.
East Hampton has it all: village living, magnificent oceanfront estates, seclusion in the woods, harbor and bay front living with ample opportunity for boating and water sports.
“I love every hamlet in the Hamptons…but for me and my family, East Hampton is the town we call home. The proximity to breathtaking ocean & bay beaches, great surfing spots at the jetties and the charming and bustling village scene where my girls can roam around safely with friends - go to the park or the library, see a movie, enjoy many great restaurants or just walk up and down main street. Good living for sure!” --Ed Bruehl
“I grew up in East Hampton, within close proximity to the shops on Newtown Lane, and feel so fortunate to be able to still reside in this area. East Hampton Village is my home through and through. To me, there is no place better.” --Sarah Minardi
“I love all the harbor, bay front and parkland destinations, and the trails outside my house. When it’s really crazy everywhere else in summer, Springs is the same as always.” --Krae Van Sickle
“I love living in the Springs as, to me, it feels the way the Hamptons is meant to feel…peaceful, serene and incredibly beautiful. I think that the sunsets over Three Mile Harbor are the best in all of the Hamptons and the water views from Lion Head, Gerard Drive and Louse Point as well as many other spots in the Springs are breathtaking. I also appreciate the proximity to not only East Hampton Village but also to Amagansett. It is great to feel so far away from all the buzz of the villages, yet be so conveniently close.” -- Romaine Gordon
“We selected East Hampton Village as our home almost 30 years ago because it had the culture of the city with the peace and quiet of not just any small town but an especially picturesque one with the added benefit of exquisite beaches.” -- Diane Saatchi