Southampton is known for its magnificent estate section of grand summer homes, most of which are tucked behind high privet hedges and many of which boast spectacular gardens. Numerous historic homes, some dating back to Southampton’s early days, are still lived in, with restored exteriors and renovated interiors. The classic shingled style still predominates, although huge ultra-contemporary homes are appearing as well, especially along the stretch of oceanfront Meadow Lane known as “billionaires row.”
Southampton has more than seven miles of breathtaking beaches, including beautiful Coopers Beach, which regularly ranks in the top 10 beaches in the U.S. There are quiet bay beaches, too, and the bays are popular for fishing, sailing and boating. Outside of town are farmstands, miles of hiking trails through woodlands, and three golf courses including world-class Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and National Golf Links of America. This area is the ancestral home of the Shinnecock Nation, a federally recognized tribe who have created a Cultural Center and Museum open to the public, and host a variety of programs and a large annual powwow showcasing performers of traditional dances and music from across the country.
The “original” Hampton, Southampton was founded in 1640 and lays claim to the title of oldest English settlement in New York State. Descendants of the original settlers, who were primarily farmers and fishermen, still live in Southampton, along with generations of newer arrivals. It has been a summer resort community since the late 19th century, when the Long Island Railroad made travel from New York City more feasible and wealthy New Yorkers began building large shingled “cottages” on oceanfront land to enjoy the miles of pristine beaches in summer.
Southampton Village is dedicated to its culture and history, and is home to the Southampton Historical Museum, the Southampton Cultural Center, Rogers Memorial Library and the Southampton Arts Center. These venues present a varied mix of cultural events year-round, including concerts, art exhibitions, theatrical productions and educational programs. Summer brings a popular series of free outdoor concerts at Agawam Park and one of the oldest July Fourth parades in the country. The village center is busy in summer, with a lively mix of restaurants ranging from relaxed take-out places to fine dining establishments and nightlife. A round of shopping followed by lunch or dinner at a sidewalk café is a favorite summertime activity.
“I can speak volumes about Southampton. It truly is the most beautiful place to be—the pristine beaches, the charming village with all the shops and restaurants, the activities for kids, the social life... There’s a vibrant arts scene, with the Southampton Arts Center, Southampton Cultural Center, galleries and the nearby Parrish Art Museum. Southampton is a real mix of small town life and sophistication. This place offers a magical experience all year ‘round.” -- Lisa Bass
“Living in Southampton Village for over 20 years has given me the great pleasure of experiencing world class beaches, access to extraordinary boating, and exhilarating scuba diving, as well as first class dining, farm fresh produce and local foods. Rich with local culture and history, I cannot image a better place than Southampton to call home.” -- Brian Leicht
“Southampton Village offers so much that I don’t miss living in New York City for one minute. Southampton has everything to satisfy all our desires: art galleries, theater, concerts, the best restaurants, and so much more.” -- Gloria Doyle
“I love North Sea’s proximity to pristine bay waters and bay beaches with spectacular sunsets. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy here—SUP, kayaking, boating and nature trails, for example. The pace of life here is quieter and more serene than the bustle of the villages. I like the diversity of the neighborhoods, too. There’s also easy access to the village centers, especially Southampton, Water Mill and Sag Harbor.” -- John Watson
"I love being able to show an oceanfront property for sale in the afternoon and then come home and go for a long swim in the ocean. I love shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables at local farm stands and then grilling some fish at home with friends during the summer months.” -- Jay Flagg
“I live on the outskirts of Southampton village but often find myself drawn to the center of town. Traditions such as the big Fourth of July parade and trick or treating in the village continue to bring the community together. What I love about Southampton is the quaintness of a walkable and friendly village as well as having the ocean just a bike ride away. Additionally, the Peconic Bay is close to my heart where my family and I love to clam and paddle board. My children are part of the Southampton school district, where they are getting an excellent education. As avid golfers, we appreciate the world-class golf courses that are here. I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place where my family is creating memories we will cherish forever.” -- Patty Oakley
“I like Southampton for the convenience it offers to Manhattan. East of Southampton can sometimes be a longer commute, depending on the time of year and traffic. Southampton’s beaches are world class. Cooper’s Beach is the best all around beach I’ve seen anywhere in the world...a beautiful, broad beach with all the amenities.“ -- Drew Green