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Get to know Wainscott

No place else captures the bucolic yet bombastic duality of the Hamptons quite like Wainscott. This hamlet in the Town of East Hampton is where farm-centric past merges with trendy present, which might explain why the styles of homes here range from humble farmhouse retreats to some of the boldest designs on the East End. To Wainscott’s south and east, the Atlantic Ocean and prestigious Georgica Pond neighbor coveted waterfront real estate; the latter is where you'll spot some of the most eye-catching estates in the area. Beaches along the ocean are beautiful if unimaginatively named — Wainscott Beach, most obviously, and Town Line Beach, which falls on the border of East Hampton and Southampton, being the largest. Further north, the setting feels vastly more unclaimed. The residences in this rural and woodland environment almost hide among the trees, though sand and surf are never far.

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Living in the Hamptons

A conglomerate of towns, hamlets, and villages along the scenic shores of New York, the Hamptons name carries a heft of weight behind it. For some, the Hamptons double as a location and a lifestyle: the lavish lap of luxury outside the ever-churning grind of New York City. It’s where the level to which oceanfront property is coveted can only be matched by that of a tee time. For others, well, the location and lifestyle criteria still apply, albeit in a far more laid-back manner. So if your idea of “escape” doesn’t involve ornate gatherings and rubbing shoulders with celebrities, worry not: there's a section of the Hamptons carved out for you too. Overall, the area still has a rural atmosphere, calling back to a history rich in agriculture and fishing and cementing its reputation as the archetypal summer getaway spot.