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Living in Amagansett

The drama here is nature's own, starting with the Amagansett Wildlife Refuge. Within this 36-acre protected area is one of the Island's very rare undeveloped coastal beaches, which is distinguished by their unique double dune system. The primary dunes are a barrier reef to the Atlantic Ocean. The secondary dunes proliferate with flora, from Cape Cod-like cranberry bogs to rare varieties of orchids. Spend some time looking out on this extravaganza and you will feel like you have found the missing piece to the puzzle.

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Amagansett offers all the natural beauty and buzz of the Hamptons, with the feel of a small community. This welcoming hamlet has a familiarity that emanates from its small local businesses and friendly atmosphere. Amagansett may be beautiful, but it’s also down-to-earth.

Beyond the Long Island farms and woodland, this intimate collection of pretty streets winds its way down to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Once you get there, you’ll never look back.

Amagansett real estate

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Amagansett homes for sale are usually stunning properties with plenty of exposed wood beams and wood-clad exteriors. For obvious reasons, the prime Amagansett real estate is located close to the waterfront. Further Lane, in particular, is peppered with palatial properties with sprawling grounds featuring tennis courts, swimming pools and direct access to private stretches of beach.

Move inland a short distance towards Main Street and you’ll find properties with slightly cozier proportions. Still, most of homes here are substantial in size, with plenty of space between neighbors. Both front and back yards are common throughout the area.

Architectural styles in Amagansett vary, but tend to center around a beach house aesthetic and pale rendering is almost a requirement. Occasional bold, contemporary designs are cropping up, bringing some variety to the neighborhood.

Amagansett history

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Amagansett’s name comes from the native Montaukett people who originally settled the area and means “place of good water”. As an untouched expanse of fertile land on the East Coast, it’s no surprise that Europeans chose to settle in Amagansett in the 17th century. The appeal back then must have been as clear and indisputable as it is today.

There’s little sign of these early settlers in the rest of the Hamptons, but Amagansett remembers. Miss Amelia’s Cottage is a quaint old property which sits on Main Street, serving as a museum of the town’s past. This property dates back to 1725, only 45 years after the hamlet was established.

There’s also a fascinating Marine Museum in Amagansett, which details the area’s rich maritime past and fishing heritage. You’ll find whaling and fishing artifacts donated by local families, along with dioramas that illustrate the unique fishing techniques used here.

Amagansett restaurants

Dining out in Amagansett, residents are spoiled for choice. From pared-down delis to more formal white tablecloth restaurants, this small neighborhood has it all.

One of the best-known eateries in town is Lobster Roll – a delightful seafood restaurant that’s been serving up fresh, local lobster since the 1960s. The menu includes clams, shrimp, chowder and swordfish but if it’s your first visit there’s really only one option, and that’s the lobster roll.

Another great option for local seafood is the Clam Bar at Napeague. This stopover on the Montauk Highway is must-see if you’re visiting during the summer. Pull up a chair, grab a cold beer, order some chilled clams and enjoy the Hamptons sun. It’s not just the food that makes the Clam Bar so popular. It’s also a bustling social venue, ideal for meeting your new neighbors.

Amagansett shopping

Shopping is serious business in the Hamptons, and Amagansett is no exception. Almost all the shops and businesses of Amagansett are dotted along Main Street and Amagansett Square. You’ll find no sign of any of the routine chain stores here – Amagansett is strictly independent.

Stores along Main Street include everything from jewelers and vintage wine stores to fashion retailers. True to the heritage of Amagansett, though, you’ll always be able to find a good old-fashioned tackle shop when you need one.

For groceries, you’ll find all your fresh produce at the Amagansett Farmers’ Market. From locally caught fish to farm-grown tomatoes, the lively market will leave you wanting for nothing.

Amagansett nightlife

Amagansett may be a small place, but that’s not to say there isn’t plenty going on after sundown. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to sip a few beers in good company, or are on the lookout for a live band, Amagansett’s bars have you covered.

The Stephen Talkhouse has been running for decades, and has become a real mainstay of culture in the Hamptons. With some nationally known artists gracing the stage, it’s always worth stopping by. In case you’re wondering about the name, the bar is named after a famous local Native American, who was known for his long walks all across the area in the 19th century.

Amagansett events

The Hamptons are known for hosting an abundance of social events, particularly throughout the summer when holidaymakers come to town. Amagansett follows suit to a certain extent, though its favored events are more understated than those in neighboring areas. If you’re eager to make acquaintance with your new neighbors, grab a picnic blanket and head to Movie Nights on Amagansett Square for the free screening on Wednesday nights in July and August.

Things to do in Amagansett NY

The undisputable attraction to Amagansett is the idyllic beach. White sands and gently lapping waves make for the postcard-perfect moments and in Amagansett, there’s usually plenty of space for beach towels.

Away from the beach, there’s still a lot to keep you amused. The Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge is home to some spectacular animals, and the neighboring Atlantic Double Dunes Preserve boasts some equally stunning flora and fauna. No matter the time of year, both are well worth the visit.

Lastly, head inland to browse around some of the fascinating Amagansett historical sites. From period properties to locally themed museums, there’s no shortage of captivating sights to keep you entertained.


"Amagansett Dunes: Where homes are just a short stroll to a sandy ocean beach. Replace your Louboutin's with flip-flops, for the low-key surf 'n sun community of Beach Hampton. Minutes to the villages of Amagansett & East Hampton. "
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