Welcome to Southampton
Classic elegance thrives in this historic Gilded Age town
Lilly Pulitzer dresses, cedar shake architecture, and quiet good manners – there is perhaps no scene more representative of classic American prestige than the picturesque sights of Southampton. Named after the Earl of Southampton, this traditional town was founded in 1640, making it New York’s oldest village. Boutiques, shops, and restaurants on Main Street and Jobs Lane are long-established, with many having been passed down from generation to generation of Southampton families, creating a unique setting for business owners and debutantes to chat easily over the counter.
The style in Southampton is laid-back and luxurious, and residents are accustomed to the best of everything. Meticulously manicured hedgerows border the stunning homes, and pristine landscaping showcases the lovely tree-lined driveways and classically elegant village streets. Southampton is home to countless addresses of standing, but two of the most exclusive streets in the country stand out among the rest: Meadow Lane, commonly known as “Billionaire Lane” and Gin Lane.
What to Love
- Historic districts
- Lush landscaping
- Southampton's real estate options including its grand estates
- Stunning beaches
People & Lifestyle
Once the resort town of America’s Gilded Age society, Southampton still attracts the upper echelon. Most residents are second-homeowners or weekenders looking to escape to the country. The sit and sip culture reigns here, as does a slower, more relaxed pace. Neighbors may include titans of industry or long-established Southampton blue bloods who are quick to offer an easy smile and have no need for flash or pomp.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dining in Southampton is a way of life, and residents can be found lounging for hours at a cafe table, sipping a crisp, dry wine and savoring the beauty of life. The refined Sant Ambroeus offers a cozy setting in which to lounge, with leather banquettes, white tablecloths, and wood paneling. The Italian-inspired menu is creative and mouth-watering, with delights such as artichoke salad, spaghetti with clams, and spinach ravioli.
Argento features elevated Mediterranean fare and a delicious cocktail menu, while French bistro Le Charlot charms with its Parisian ambiance, stylish crowd, cafe tables, and classic menu. Traditional Indian cuisine is found at the excellent Saaz, and Fellingham's Sports Bar provides a more low-key atmosphere, with classic American dishes, draft brews, cocktails and a rustic setting.
Things to Do
History and good taste have made Southampton a vision of well-rounded interests and offerings. The quaint Tate's Bake Shop is a Southampton institution, with its darling cottage setting and cases of gorgeous confections, like cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pies. Treat yourself to a sweet and enjoy a quiet morning walk in Agawam Park.
A favorite among residents and visitors alike is the famed Coopers Beach, a quiet spot with seven miles of pristine white beaches, serene ocean views, and some of the most impressive waterfront homes in the area. For the artistically-minded, Southampton Arts Center is a vibrant cultural hub featuring a fascinating lineup of art, film, lectures, family activities, and more, while the Southampton Historical Museum offers a historic mansion from 1834, a schoolhouse, a traditional barn, and shops. Perhaps the crown jewel of the Southampton retail scene, Hildreth's is the oldest department store in the United States. With a luxe line of furniture, bedding, linens, spa essentials, housewares, candles, and everything to make a new house feel like home, this is where everyone in Southampton shops.
Southampton Real Estate
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