Welcome to Water Mill
An exclusive waterfront hamlet with quaint charm
When Shakespeare described Hermia as being little but fierce, he could have been describing the tiny hamlet of Water Mill. Located in Southampton, the picturesque Water Mill offers the quaint charm of a small town, with all the prestige and exclusivity of the most sophisticated city. A favorite among both the well-heeled and the well-known, Water Mill’s stunning ocean views, salt air, and waterfront estates make this one of the most coveted beach towns in the country.
As the name implies, Water Mill began as a water mill and grinding grain area for farmers. Today, Water Mill is the only town on Long Island with a working watermill and windmill, and both residents and visitors alike make a point of stopping in to marvel at the iconic sight.
One of Long Island’s most sought-after towns, Water Mill charms even the most worldly of visitors with its historic village green, antique shops, boutiques, fine restaurants, vineyards, and farms, as well as a dazzling array of some of the most exclusive and impressive properties on the east coast. There is a sense here of young Nick Carraway gazing in wonder at Gatsby’s palatial mansion, as charmingly modest cottages mix in seamlessly with luxury summer homes, waterfront stunners, and magnificent estates set on Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
What to Love
- Private estates with stunning views
- White, sandy beaches
- World-class cultural experiences
- Local farms and the freshest berries and vegetables
People & Lifestyle
Residents of Water Mill appreciate the village feel and the nod to a simpler time. This is the place to kick off your shoes, pull on a cozy sweater, and sip a good cup of coffee while taking in the remarkable oceanfront scenery. Leave the phone and day planner at home and just wander wherever your feet take you. Set aside the cares of city life and spend a lazy afternoon visiting the town’s country store, sampling cider, snacking on doughnuts, and picking homegrown apples and pumpkins.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Water Mill may offer an idyllic setting and bucolic charm, but it also sets the standard for fine dining and culinary excellence. The incredible omakase tasting menu at Kissaki honors Japanese tradition and delights local palates, while Calissa brings a taste of Mykonos to Long Island. With a menu focused on fresh seafood and Greek dishes, this chic, coastal venue offers chef-driven fare, such as salt-baked fish, seafood pasta, and Mediterranean mezze.
Milk Pail, Water Mill’s beloved farm stand, features fresh vegetables, scratch made baked treats, and the opportunity to go apple picking in the fall. For those with gardening interests, the historic Halsey Farm and Nursery, built in 1747, offers a greenhouse, nursery, and farmstand. The bucolic Water Mill is also home to Green Thumb Organic Farm, a Certified Organic CSA farm stand. Hampton Coffee Company, Long Island’s largest coffee roaster, gets the morning started with coffee and baked goods, as well as a creative breakfast and lunch menu and a lovely outdoor garden patio. The lively Suki Zuki serves fresh sushi, robata grill specialties, and sakes in a serene setting.
Things to Do
Water Mill perfectly blends high art with the rustic, wild beauty of the beach, and the town is home to galleries, gorgeous nature sites, and beloved local events. Parrish Art Museum, designed by Herzog and de Meuron Architects, focuses extensively on work by artists from the artist colony of the South Shore and North Shore, while The Watermill Center hosts residencies and educational programs, tours, and special cultural events. A staple of one of the most famed growing regions in the country, Duck Walk Vineyards spans 140 acres of stunning scenery and produces 5,000 cases of awarding-winning wine each year.
Water Mill residents tend to appreciate health and wellness, and SoulCycle offers a thriving fitness environment. For those who prefer wandering the wide open land, a walk on one of Water Mill’s iconic beaches might be preferable. Flying Point Beach, affectionately referred to as The Cut, is a beautiful spot where Mecox Bay cuts through to the ocean, creating tidal pools. A favorite beach spot for parents with small children, the tidal pools at The Cut are safe enough for small children to comfortably play in the water. Another favorite among Water Mill children is the annual Easter Egg hunt hosted by the Water Mill Community Club. Winters in Water Mill find locals ice-skating on Mill Pond, while the sunshine and warm breezes send golfers straight to the Atlantic Golf Club, a private, new-world club that embodies a traditional feel.
Water Mill Real Estate
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