As snow bunnies trade in their skis for bikinis we turn our thoughts to spring, we know summer is not far behind and on the East Coast for many that means time to escape the concrete jungle of Manhattan and migrate to the Eastern end of Long Island, known to most as The Hamptons.

To get the best selfie worthy real estate, now is the time to obtain that coveted summer rental. The Hamptons escape may be for a weekend, a month or if you are lucky enough and don’t have to return to the city until after Tumbleweed Tuesday, a seasonal rental. Most come with inground heated or infinity pools, massive intricate gourmet kitchens and naturally, ensuite bathrooms. The primary bedrooms typically outfitted with infrared saunas and Peloton bike, mini refrigerator and sitting room with wraparound terrace, permit you to never have to come out and see your guests until they leave. 

Arriving to your summer home is easier than snagging the perfect rental. To get there fashionably late of course to your summer rental is always chic when touching down by way of Uber or Blade helicopter just in time to catch all the real housewives of everywhere at whatever the latest charity event pulls at the wallet. Or if your mode of transportation is the water, dock your yacht to dine at the latest must have reservation, Le Bilboquet, on the water, which took over the former B. Smith spot on Long Wharf with picture perfect views of the ocean from the deck.

According to the Saunders real estate website (, a 14-bedroom 11-baths rental from July to August in Bridgehampton is a mere 850K, just under 10,500 sqft. It boasts over 3 acres with activities for everyone including a basketball court, volleyball court, tennis pavilion, hammocks, and an oversize pool, this house also comes with its own gym to look effortlessly fit before going to brunch. A little further in East Hampton a 7 bedroom 8 full baths and 2 half baths list for 400K a month, the primary suite in this house has two ensuite bathrooms. In South Hampton, home of celebrity favorite to be seen brunch or dinner spot, 75Main restaurant, a 6 bedroom 6 baths is listed for 425K. The sprawling interior is 7,000 sqft and 1.4 acres exterior has a fully equipped chef’s kitchen for all the late-night meals and according to listing agent, Joe Ruzzo’s description, has a wine cooler holding 120 bottles, just perfect for the weekend gathering.

If you are the type that wants your cake and eat it too, then you prefer to have the water in your backyard and stairs leading to the Atlantic Ocean with access to your boat, a modest surfside address in Bridge Hampton is asking $300k. 9 bedrooms 10 full baths and 2 half baths could be just what you are looking for, it is 11,000sqft. interior and 1.2 acres exterior. Outdoor seating, rooftop with a hot tub, fire pits, outdoor steam showers, movie room and an outdoor bar according to the listing. Enjoy a stunning sunset on the beach every day of the week. While taking advantage of all the summer rental has to offer be certain not to have a Wolf of Wall Street bacchanal bash to ensure full return of your security deposit, do read all lease agreements carefully.

As with all real estate location, location, location determines price per square foot of what you will pay in the Hamptons. Whether you are bound for tranquil Sag Harbor, buzzy Shelter Island for Sunset beach, which looks like a literal ole school car and best in boat show event during peak hours, Bridge, South or East Hampton and quietly making noise is West Hamptons, recently commanding a higher rate for rentals, it’s best to plot your summer get away promptly.

About the Author:

Sylvia Edwards is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in New York City and Antigua, West Indies. Prior to moving to New York, she worked in the Chicago area for a number of years. Her primary focus is Billionaires Row, Gramercy and Fifth Ave. She has sold millions in the United Nations, Fifth Ave, and Central Park South areas of the city. Along the way garnering a reputation for discretion and ensuring the optimal outcome for her clients. Additionally, she leases luxury rentals for global travelers and those preferring a pied a terre.

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