What began as a group of modest fishing and farming villages along the East end of Long Island, now inspires a recognisable ‘Hamptons’ style synonymous with coastal living, leisure and class. The founding dwellings were built for utility, employing shingles, gables and high-pitched roofs to withstand harsh coastal winds, salt and moisture. Once rail links were established with New York, the Hamptons became a popular destination for affluent summer vacationers, who developed grand, beach-front estates and lavish holiday homes, redefining the area. Fusing American Colonial, Georgian, English Manor, Tudor and Mediterranean influences from 1880’s-1930’s, the Hamptons style is valued for its sense of timelessness and charm.
Typically, Hamptons style homes employ shingled roofs, deep verandahs, large windows and light, coastal colour schemes of white and soft blues. French doors allow the verandahs to be opened up to the interior, which typically feature open-plan living spaces, wide oak floor boards and ornate mouldings; deep skirtings, cornices, architraves, wainscoting and coffered ceilings. Now ranking amongst the highest residential property prices in the US, the Hamptons has an enduring presence and appeal, while the refined, coastal style it has inspired has become a cornerstone of residential design.