In 2006 Sagaponack ranked number one on Forbes.com's list of the most expensive zip codes in America.
Sagaponack's classic shingled mansions on wide open spaces is one good reason why. This luxury of land contributes to unexpected juxtapositions, such as horses cavorting in a pasture next to beach. Choosing a beach can be a dilemma. Gibson Beach or Sagg Main Beach? The beautiful ocean beaches are everywhere here. And so are the beautiful people.
Living in Sagaponack
If you're looking for a slice of rural life close to New York, you can’t do better than Sagaponack. More of a hamlet than a village, this former potato-farming community has held onto its laid-back and bucolic way of life. You might spot a celebrity at the Sagg Main Store and luxury cars may rumble by on Route 27, but life to the south and north of the highway is still as peaceful as ever. Striking, modernist architecture sits alongside more traditional homes, while horses graze in pastures beside beautiful Atlantic beaches.
Sagaponack real estate
With views across the Atlantic and over rolling potato fields, Sagaponack homes are among the most sought-after in the Hamptons. Sprawling mansions are most common, many with interesting architectural quirks. Villa Amore is one of the village's most famous properties. Completed in 1991, this huge estate is known locally as the “Tuscan village” due to its design as a cluster of small buildings. Even the smaller properties in Sagaponack make a statement. The ambitious Houses at Sagaponack development was originally designed to serve as a living museum of architecture, an inspiring complex of 32 modernist homes. Although the development as a whole was never completed, eight homes designed by architects including John Keenen and Peter Eisenman stand close to East Hampton Airport. Traditional shingle houses are also available.
Sagaponack was first settled in 1656, although it wasn't formally incorporated as a village until 2005. It was originally just called Sagg, and you'll still see the shortened version of the name throughout the village; Sagg Main Store, Sagg Beach and Sagg Swamp Nature Preserve are a few examples. The area took its name from the local Shinnecock Indian Nation tribe. The name means ""land of the big ground nuts"". The potatoes they were referring to were the lifeblood of Sagaponack until the 1970s. Famous writers like Kurt Vonnegut and George Plimpton were attracted to the village for its laid-back way of life and access to glorious Atlantic beaches. In recent years the village has become a favorite holiday spot for superstar bankers and New York celebrities. Despite the growing interest in Sagaponack real estate, many of the potato farms are protected agricultural reserves. The area still has lots of fields and pastures, giving it plenty of rural charm.
Most of the nightlife in Sagaponack takes place behind closed doors, but there are a few interesting places to grab a bite to eat when you're out and about. Townline BBQ is a roadside Texas barbecue joint serving humanely raised meat. You can buy their smokey meats by the pound or in a sandwich, washing it down with their wide range of beer on tap. The place gets full around happy hour, thanks to the generous deals on food and drink.
Locals and summer visitors alike enjoy the tradition of picking up a sandwich at Sagg Main Store before hitting the beach. The deli is owned by the team behind Pierre's of Bridgehampton and serves grab 'n' go sandwiches, French lemonade and fancy little teacakes.
Wölffer Estate, which sits on a former potato farm, is the go-to place on weekend evenings. The charming wine shack hosts sunset parties on Friday and Saturday nights, with live music. Relax outside with a glass of wine or cider and watch the sunset over the grapes. Bring a blanket to sit on: the tables fill up quickly.
Sagaponack is conveniently located for quick trips to various Long Island wineries, like Channing Daughters in nearby Bridgehampton. You can see owner Walter Channing’s haunting sculptures rising up unexpectedly throughout the estate.
Things to do in Sagaponack
Tiny Sagaponack doesn't have much in the way of hustle and bustle, and that's the way the locals like it. Sagaponack beaches, Gibson Beach and Sagg Beach, often appear on lists naming the best bays in the Hamptons. Gibson Beach is famous for being quite glamorous and a good place for spotting celebrity visitors. Sagg Beach is a little more relaxed, with bathroom amenities and a lifeguard on duty. People head here with beer coolers for relaxing afternoons on the sand, playing ball games and sunbathing.
The Madoo Conservancy is a two-acre botanical garden in Sagaponack. It opens to the public every Friday and Saturday during the summer, from noon until 4pm. Private garden tours are available, and if you pay a little extra they'll organise lunch and drinks. The Conservancy often hosts events such as outdoor plays, members-only cocktail parties, and talks from famous gardeners.
Another popular pastime in Sagaponack is golf. Poxabogue Golf Course has nine holes and a driving range that's open to the public. Special rates are available for local residents, and you can tune up your game at the lessons and clinics. The course is closed on Tuesdays, and open from 9am until 4pm otherwise.
Hidden Treasures at Madoo!
"Robert Dash's legacy prevails at The Madoo Conservancy on Sagg Main in Sagaponack. Its an ever changing and inspiring place season to season with all kinds of events, classes and inspiring gardens to enjoy!"
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