Wainscott, just west of Georgica Pond and the convenience of East Hampton Airport is one amenity you can take for granted.
All you need is a helicopter, which is the preferred mode of transportation of so many who live here. The convenience of East Hampton Airport is one of the amenities you can take for granted. So are the pristine sand beach, the roaring chant of the Atlantic, and the fabulous beach homes Wainscott is known for.
Living in Wainscott
The peaceful Hamptons neighborhood of Wainscott charms locals every day with its idyllic beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to an under-the-radar collection of shops, restaurants and nightlife options, residents enjoy plenty to do without straying far from home.
With the East Hampton Airport nearby giving residents a convenient starting point for travel outside the Hamptons, Wainscott is never far from a business meeting out of town or fun weekend destination.
Wainscott real estate
Wainscott real estate options consist primarily of single-family homes in a variety of styles and sizes. Converted farmhouses with wood clapboard siding and spacious floorplans treat residents to perks like private libraries, cozy fireplaces and heated pools, all on acres of wooded property. Nature lovers also appreciate the fact many farmhouses sit on official preserves with an abundance of wildlife in every direction.
Contemporary residences are often newly renovated and ready to move into. They offer luxurious furnishings and decor, giving Wainscott real estate shoppers amenities like multi-story decks, outdoor showers, and spacious open layouts with floor-to-ceiling windows. A number of traditional Victorian-style homes are available, too, and feature custom cabinet work, stainless steel appliances and immaculate yards.
The history of Wainscott parallels that of the surrounding area and started with sporadic English settlements in the 17th century. The region’s fertile plains and proximity to the oceanfront made it ideal for farmland. John Osborn became the first resident and farmer of present-day Wainscott in 1668.
Only 15 families called the area home by the end of next century — most living off a main street with larger farms spreading out into the outskirts of the community. With the construction of a railroad through Long Island in the mid-1800s, an enterprising man named William Wood purchased 140 acres in Wainscott and divided up the land into lots perfect for summer escapes, enticing residents who sought a reprieve from city life. The construction of summer cottages and larger estates gave Wainscott much of its current ambiance as a welcoming retreat on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
For tasty baked good with roots in New York City, locals frequent Levain Bakery to pick up everything from muffins and sticky buns to world-famous cookies.
Locals flock to La Capannina for authentic Italian cuisine in a cozy setting indoors or out. With an extensive menu serving favorites such as steaming hot heroes, calzones and eggplant parmigiana, the bustling eatery cooks oversized portions and offers daily happy hours as an added bonus. Patrons agree that the restaurant bakes the area’s best pizzas, too, ensuring residents never do without the popular New York staple.
Wainscott’s coastline serves as the neighborhood’s primary attraction, and treats residents and visitors alike to untouched beaches and roaring waves from the Atlantic Ocean. For time all to yourself and stunning sunset views, tiny Beach Lane Beach officially sits in Wainscott and offers a sliver of peaceful waterfront day or night. Georgica Beach, which lies just east in neighboring East Hampton, provides an alternative with more public parking.
Wainscott’s proximity to the water means seafood is a norm for local residents and The Seafood Shop doesn’t disappoint with its incredible selection of hard-to-find fresh-caught fish like arctic char, grey sole and haddock. The popular establishment dates back to 1972 and has been serving up local seafood with a side of advice from seasoned staff since then. Stop by to stock up before a night in or a gathering with neighbors.
For all the gear needed to enjoy the Long Island waterfront, you’ll want to visit Main Beach Surf and Sport for a wide selection of surfboard rentals, paddleboards and clothing for a day on the water. The shop also hosts a surf camp, clambake and runs adventure tours, making it a mainstay in the community for all-things water related.
The annual East Hampton Artists and Writers Charity Softball Game may take place in neighboring East Hampton, but the event’s pre-game party — a tradition for over 60 years — happens at LTV Studio in Wainscott and gives visitors a chance to meet the celebrity players a night before the big game and bid on a variety of items with proceeds going to local charities. With food from local eateries and a fully-stocked bar, the event remains one of the area’s most talked-about gatherings since 1948.
Osteria Salina draws plenty of locals for its seafood and Italian cuisine, but the quaint establishment also stays open late on the weekends and also turns into a favored watering hole. An extensive wine list, cocktails menu and craft beer all pair exceptionally well with the tasteful decor, including the gorgeous outdoor seating area surrounded by colorful flowers — making it a great choice for spending a quiet night out.
While Wainscott itself lacks an official golf course, locals make the five-minute drive to Poxabogue Golf Center to catch nine holes and practice at the driving range, which is open to the public. The popular course, which sits less than a mile west of Wainscott in neighboring Bridgehampton, offers first-class instruction from seasoned pros, a junior golf program and demo days to try out all the latest gear. You’ll also appreciate the discounted rate for residents and the course’s online booking service for scheduling that next day out with friends or family.
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