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The Hamptons are a group of villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York, U.S. The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical summer colonies of the American Northeast. The area features some of the most expensive residential properties in the U.S.
The Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, the Montauk Highway, and the Hampton Jitney connect the Hamptons to the rest of Long Island and to New York City, while ferries provide connections to Shelter Island, New York and Connecticut.
West to east
- West Hampton Dunes (village)
- Northampton (hamlet)
- Remsenburg-Speonk (hamlet)
- Westhampton (hamlet)
- Riverside (hamlet)
- Westhampton Beach (village)
- Flanders (hamlet)
- East Quogue (hamlet)
- Quogue (village)
- Hampton Bays (hamlet)
- Shinnecock Hills (hamlet)
- North Sea
- Southampton (village)
- Water Mill
- Sagaponack (village)
- Sag Harbor (village, shared with East and Southampton)
The Hamptons include the following hamlets and villages in the town of East Hampton:
- Sag Harbor (village, shared with Southampton)
- East Hampton (village)
- Northwest Harbor
These areas constitute the core vacation area of this end of Long Island.
|Village/Hamlet||Town||Population||Total Area||Land Area|
|Amagansett||East Hampton Town||1,067||8.0 sq mi (21 km2)||6.2 sq mi (16 km2)|
|Bridgehampton||Southampton Town||1,381||11.2 sq mi (29 km2)||9.3 sq mi (24 km2)|
|East Hampton||East Hampton Town||1,334||4.9 sq mi (13 km2)||4.8 sq mi (12 km2)|
|Sagaponack||Southampton Town||582||8.0 sq mi (21 km2)||6.2 sq mi (16 km2)|
|Sag Harbor||60% Southampton; 40% East Hampton Town||2,313||2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)||1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)|
|Southampton||Southampton Town||5687||6.8 sq mi (18 km2)||6.3 sq mi (16 km2)|
|Wainscott||East Hampton Town||628||7.3 sq mi (19 km2)||6.2 sq mi (16 km2)|
|Water Mill||Southampton Town||1,724||12.5 sq mi (32 km2)||11.0 sq mi (28 km2)|
The Summer Colony's residents include many of New York City's most affluent residents, as well as a number of affluent people from other nearby states, executives, and increasingly, foreigners from Europe and South America.
Villages and the hamlets of the Summer Colony are distinguished by their significant population increases during the summers, a large number of retail shops and restaurants and extensive arts community. Residential real estate prices in the Hamptons rank among the highest in the nation, and, as of 2013, the real estate market was hot with prices rising for both home buyers and sellers and rentals. Lavish parties are commonly seen in the Hamptons. Particularly attractive were modest homes within walking distance of village centers.
In particular, Sagaponack, Water Mill and Bridgehampton were cited by Business Week magazine as being the first, sixth and eighth most expensive zip codes in the nation, respectively. In 2015, according to Business Insider, the 11962 zip code encompassing Sagaponack, within Southampton, was listed as the most expensive in the U.S., by real estate-listings site Property Shark, with a median home sale price of $5,125,000.
Other amenities in the area include Sebonack Golf Club, the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, National Golf Links of America in Southampton and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. The Shinnecock and National golf clubs were recently voted as the number three and number 10 ranked courses in America by Golf Digest magazine. Exclusive private clubs provide additional recreational resources to the very affluent in the area. These clubs include The Bathing Corporation of Southampton, the Southampton Bath and Tennis Club, and the Meadow Club in Southampton Village and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.
In popular culture
The Hamptons and Hamptons society are frequently featured on-screen and mentioned in films and television, with wealth being the overriding theme.
- In Inside Job, a 2010 documentary film about the financial crisis of 2007–2010 directed by Charles H. Ferguson, The Hamptons is shown as hub for Wall Street traders and investment bankers. The film covers a bird's eye view of the beaches and homes in the area.
- The majority of the Wayans brothers film, White Chicks, released in the summer of 2004, takes place in The Hamptons.
- The majority of the 1989 film, Weekend at Bernie's, takes place in The Hamptons.
- Numerous episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City are filmed in and around The Hamptons, where the cast members participate in the East End social life and charitable events and several cast members own (or previously owned) eastern Long Island homes, e.g., Cindy Barshop, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin. (Exemplary episodes include 1.3 "The Hamptons"; 2.2 "Hamptons Retreat, No Surrender"; 2.3 "On Their High Horses"; and 4.4 "Ramona'd".)
- In the show Louie, comedian Louie CK performs a stand up comedy set at a private charity function in the Hamptons with comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
- Reality stars Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are the main cast of the show Kourtney and Khloé take The Hamptons, that begun airing in November 2014. The show is based on the family spending the summer at a house in The Hamptons, and features guest appearances from other members of the famous family.
- The series Royal Pains takes place in the Hamptons, although most of the series is filmed in surrounding towns and portions of Long Island.
- The series Revenge takes place in the Hamptons.
- In addition to this Gossip Girl was set in The Hamptons during the first two episodes of season 2, while the cast were away from New York City for summer vacation.
- The series "Castle" has taken place in The Hamptons on three occasions, first was in the show's fourth season. The second was at the end of the show's sixth season. The third and most recent trip to The Hamptons for the show was in the show's seventh season.
- In the Netflix original series, "Orange is the New Black", one of the characters describes prison as The Hamptons, only terrible.
Lana del Rey also mentions The Hamptons in her song National Anthem"'
- Vanessa Wong (2010). "The 50 Most Expensive Small Towns in America 2010". Business Week. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- Robin Finn (March 22, 2013). "Well Before Summer, Hamptons Luxury Real Estate Is Scorching". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
- "Most Expensive U.S. Small Town: Sagaponack, N.Y." article by Venessa Wong in Bloomberg Business Week January 19, 2010
-  Accessed July 5, 2015.
- Chang, Bee-Shyuan (August 3, 2011). "The Real Housewives of New York City: Real Housewives of New York City Hit the Hamptons for 'Business'". People. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
- Schwarz, Alison (August 6, 2011). "Fashion and Style: ‘Housewives’ at Every Turn in the Hamptons". The New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
- Kellogg, Valerie (February 23, 2010). "Real LI (Buying and selling real estate in the communities of Long Island): Kelly Killoren Bensimon offers East Hampton home for rent". Newsday. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
- "Real Estate 101 in the Hamptons", The New York Times.
- "Studios by the Sea", Vanity Fair, August 2000.
- "The Most Expensive Golf Courses in the Country", Forbes magazine.
- “Ruffling A Few Feathers In One Of America’s Most Exclusive Retreats, The Hamptons” Tayfun King, Fast Track, BBC World News (2008-08-01)