Celebrities, Cool Listings, Hamptons

Water Mill estate, Katie Lee, Hamptons real estate, Billy Joel, celebrity homes Hamptons

Katie Lee‘s newly released cookbook “Endless Summer” is all about the quintessential Hamptons lifestyle, and after one look at her stunning Water Mill estate–complete with a wine cellar and outdoor entertaining area of chefs’ dreams–it’s easy to see why she was inspired. The Wall Street Journal reports that the star of the Food Network’s “The Kitchen,” and ex-wife of Billy Joel, has listed the 6,325-square-foot, impeccably decorated (courtesy of designer Nate Berkus) home for $6.5 million. She purchased the two-acre estate for $3.5 million after splitting with Joel in 2011, so she’s looking to make quite the profit.

Take a look around the Hamptons property

Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

Bernheimer Architecture, Lightbox House, Wainscott NY, Red Cedar house

When Bernheimer Architecture was commissioned to build a house and studio in the Hamptons for a photographer and his family, the firm knew the views needed to take center stage. The result is the Lightbox House, a series of spaces that are arranged around cropped views of the surrounding landscape. There’s the main house, a pair of stacked boxes, and the photography studio, which takes advantage of natural daylight with strategically placed windows and skylights. The two structures are separated by a large pool that seems to float on the lush lawn.

See the whole house here

Architecture, Design, Hamptons

Alexandra Angle, colorful beach house, Fire Island Beach House, revamped beach house, contemporary design classics, Liberty's fabric, Patricia Urquiola, Bertoia, Kartell, Isamu Noguchi

A few years ago, a young couple from the city—she’s a real estate executive and he’s a bond trader— were looking for a beach retreat on Fire Island, the place where he had spent his childhood summers. After an extensive search they settled for a basic wooden cabin that seemed a bit small and uninspiring, but had a stunning oceanfront location difficult to match. After fantasizing about the idea of making radical changes and even tearing it down to build a new bigger house, interior designer Alexandra Angle came to the rescue and saved the 1950s shelter from demolition using splashes of color, Liberty upholsteries, and classic modern pieces by Bertoia, Noguchi, and Kartell.

Learn more about this bright and colorful beach house

Featured Story

Features, Getting Away, Hamptons, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

Memorial Day might be the unofficial start of summer, but the end of June marks a distinct shift in the city. With temperatures climbing, school finally out, and July 4th a week away, New Yorkers are ready to beat the heat by heading east. For many, that means booking a seat on Hampton Jitney, where they can enjoy the Long Island Expressway in style.

Since 1974, Hampton Jitney has been a pioneer in Manhattan-to-East-End transportation. What began with one van has blossomed into a major transportation operation, and the company relies heavily on its experienced employees like Patty Dolan to keep service running smoothly. Patty has worked at Hampton Jitney for 16 years. She has held various positions, and in her own words, has done everything but drive and fix the buses. Today, Patty serves as both a reservations manager and dispatcher, which has turned her into a multitasking problem solver extraordinaire.

In time for Hampton Jitney’s peak season, we spoke with Patty to find out how she helps keep the wheels turning, as well as to pick up a few travel tips.

Read the full interview here

Design, Getting Away, Hamptons

upside down house, bergdesign, montauk, hamptons houses

BergDesign Architecture has really outdone itself this time with their latest creation, an “upside down house” in Montauk. Designed with the ocean in mind, this single family residence conjures up images of beach houses while maintaining the sophistication and innovation we’ve come to expect from the studio.

Look around the house here

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Getting Away, Hamptons

16 Cliff Drive and 8 Old Montauk Highway, And Warhol Montauk Compound. andy warhol compound, andy warhol mansion, andy warhol estate, andy warhol compound, andy warhol montauk

How many Campbell’s tomato soup cans would it take to cover Andy Warhol’s former 30-acre estate? We’re not sure, but we know it’d cost $85 million to find out. Though the artist’s infamous Manhattan Factory was host to countless over-the-top and avant-garde activities, his Long Island home at 16 Cliff Drive and 8 Old Montauk Highway channeled a far more subdued vibe that was anything but city. Surrounded by miles of riding trails and hundreds of acres of oceanfront reserve, we can see exactly why Warhol was so inspired to let his silvery wig catch the Montauk wind.

Take a tour of this spectacular estate

Cool Listings, Hamptons, Interiors

Sedacca House, 19 North West Landing Road, Charles Gwathmey, mid-century modern homes, Hamptons real estate

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a piece of mid-century modern history, now’s your chance. Located at 19 North West Landing Road in East Hampton, this abode was designed by famed New York Five architect Charles Gwathmey in 1968 for the graphic artist Joe Sedacca, hence its name the Sedacca House. It was only Gwathmey’s third commission in a long line of projects that would include the addition to Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Guggenheim Museum, 445 Lafayette Street, and the United States Mission to the United Nations.

The current owner of the home, Paul Amador, bought it in 1993 for only $245,000, reports Curbed Hamptons. At the time, he was quoted in the Times saying, “I feel like I won the lottery. I’m buying a piece of art for the cost of the raw materials.” He’s now looking to make a steep profit, asking $2.495 million for the “living sculpture.”

Take a look around here

Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, Passive house, Green Woods House, Energy Star-rated, Amagansett, woodland home,

When the owner of an existing house located in the woods in Amagansett approached Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, he requested a modern family residence that was as energy-efficient and sustainable as possible. With this in mind, the architects created the Green Woods House, a passive solar design that opens up towards the south, keeping the north-facing façade well insulated and private from the road. Read on to find out how the Bridgehampton-based studio managed to make someone’s dream home a reality with a limited budget and sloppy terrain.

Learn more about this passive, stunning family home

Architecture, Design, Hamptons

Hamptons pool house, ICRAVE, Amagansett

If you’re spending the holiday weekend out on the Hamptons, chances are you’re in for crowded beaches, bustling restaurants, and high-energy parties. But for those of us looking for something a little more low key, this contemporary pool house and spa by ICRAVE couldn’t be any more perfect (well, except for the fact that we’re not invited over).

The designers were tasked with creating a fresh outdoor space in Amagansett where their clients could entertain, and seeing as ICRAVE is responsible for such hospitality projects as the Borgota casino’s Bask by Exhale Spa and eight STK restaurants, we’re not surprised that the result is so flawless. A mix of natural cedar and industrial steel, the pool house is a modern oasis, highlighted by the central pool.

Get up close here

Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes

6 Gateway Drive, Great Neck real estate, Long Island Gold Coast, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Instead of just driving around Long Island’s Gold Coast and ogling the Jazz Age mansions, pretending to be a character in The Great Gatsby, you can now live within the walls of perhaps the Gatsby-est home of them all. The Wall Street Journal reports that 6 Gateway Drive in Great Neck, the Mediterranean-style mansion where F. Scott Fitzgerald started writing his iconic novel, is for sale for $3,888,888. The author and his wife Zelda lived in the 5,174-square-foot home between October 1922 and and April 1924, smack in the middle of the Roaring Twenties scene that he depicted in his book.

Take a look around F. Scott Fitzgerald’s former home


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