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The American Revolution is modern history to Water Mill, where grist for its water-powered mill was first ground in 1644.

The hamlet has three magnificent beaches: Flying Point, Mecox, and Dead End. And there are still huge areas of woodsy wilderness, like the 148-acre Laurel Valley Country Park. Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, where the avante garde visionary develops new work in collaboration with students and professionals, is the East End's newest cultural mecca.

Living in Water Mill

The idyllic Hamptons neighborhood of Water Mill treats residents to acres of luscious meadows, historic farmland and fresh-from-the-source meats and produce. With a surprising array of cultural institutions, as well as unique cuisine options and world-class golf facilities, the quiet neighborhood also provides much to do both day and night.

Locals enjoy access to three public beaches—Flying Point, Mecox and Dead End—and acres of hiking trails passing by iconic sites like the neighborhood’s old water and wind mills. Water Mill’s rich history, peaceful ambience and emphasis on the outdoors gives Long Island real estate shoppers plenty to consider before their next move.

Water Mill real estate

Houses in Water Mill consist exclusively of grand single-family homes on peaceful properties with immaculate landscaping and ample privacy. Many of the homes are old-fashioned Victorian-esque estates with heated in-ground pools, wrap-around brick patios and hard-to-beat extras like on-site tennis courts and immediate access to hiking trails. Interior perks range from inviting fireplaces and spa tubs to fitness centers and wine refrigerators.

For a taste of modernity, chic loft-style luxury homes for sale in Water Mill offer real estate shoppers an enticing alternative. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide residents with all-day natural light, while unique extras include two-sided fireplaces and vegetable gardens.

Water Mill history

The history of Water Mill, like much of the present-day Hamptons area, begins with the English settlement of Southampton. Residents of Southampton, the first significant English colony on Long Island, soon spread out to find new land and in 1644 struck a land deal for the area known today as Water Mill. Construction on a still-standing water mill began shortly thereafter, and by the early 1800s,  the hamlet was heavily involved in the production of grain, paper and cloth in the region.

With the addition of a windmill to the area and continued production of goods thanks to the combination of wind and water power, new residents streamed into the area during the 19th century. The Long Island Railroad, with a new Sag Harbor Branch completed in 1870, brought even more activity to the community, which at the time consisted of about 30 houses and a smattering of public buildings like a school, post office and hotel.

Thanks to the new railroad, the neighborhood experienced a surge in summer home construction by Manhattan residents. Today’s Water Mill represents a combination of these large summer estates with a handful of remaining historic buildings and peaceful farmland.

Water Mill restaurants

For locally-sourced food and one-of-a-kind cocktails served in a quirky converted house, look no further than the Greenwich. A fish-centric menu features local favorites such as halibut and tomatoes, duck breast with jalapeño slaw and lobster with pesto. The establishment’s hardwood floors and white furniture pair well with the vibrant paintings by local artists displayed at every turn.

Sushi lovers flock to Suki Zuki for Asian cuisine under atmospheric dim lighting. The popular eatery, which also serves robata grill specialities, might be best known for its robust selection of iced and hot sake served in unique glass-blown vases.

Manna’s savory selection of farm-to-table dishes rotates seasonally, and locals love the ever-changing options focused on local seafood and Italian cuisine. With an inviting fireplace for winter, open-air seating for the warmer summer months and an upscale courtyard rentable for private gatherings, the restaurant is a big hit year-round.

Water Mill attractions

Water Mill residents have access to a steady stream of first-class performances at the Watermill Center. The fascinating 20,000-square-foot facility, with sculpture gardens and unique landscaping steeped in history dating back to 1960s, is an attraction in and of itself with loads of distractions before and after shows. With an international summer program, rotating exhibits and community outreach programs as well as an ensemble of special live performances, the center hosts something for everyone.

The Parrish Art Museum’s rustic setting on old farm land provides a perfect setting for housing an impressive display of contemporary American art. The welcoming facility, which sits on 14 acres of meadows in the heart of Water Mill, showcases a permanent collection and rotating exhibits ranging from 19th-century landscape paintings to photography and impressionist works. Art lovers also appreciate the museum’s workshops and outreach programs, which give locals a great excuse to interact with their community.

Water Mill shopping

For organic produce, grass-fed meat and a great selection of non-GMO herbs and spices, you’ll want to visit the locally-owned and operated Green Thumb Organic Farm. A Water Mill mainstay since the mid-1600s, it focuses on sustainable agriculture and helps educate the community on better growing and eating practices. With items sold at local shops and grocery stores in the greater Water Mill community, you’re sure to find plenty of their offerings around town.

Water Mill Building Supply is a new homeowner’s best friend; the convenient hardware store sells all the necessities for home repairs and renovations like paint, lumber and fixtures for bathrooms and kitchens. The supply store offers professional repair services and a design center, too, making it easy to fix old problems or renovate without leaving the neighborhood.

Water Mill golf

Water Mill’s only golf course, the championship-caliber Atlantic Golf Club, hosts major tournaments and draws rave reviews from golf pros and locals alike. The Rees Jones-designed beauty challenges golfers with a links-style course featuring twisting fairways, rolling hills and breezes from the nearby waterfront. With a stately clubhouse for mingling with golfing partners before and after a round, the club is a perfect choice for a day away from the house.

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"Water Mill has a rare combination of fields and big open sky, gorgeous light that draws artists, equestriatn stables and the new world class Parrish Art Museum."
Pat Garrity
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