Nestled within the town of East Hampton, the picturesque town of Amagansett offers the glamor and sophistication of the Hamptons with a homespun charm. Amagansett’s charm stems from its quaint Main Street, stunning white sand beaches, and the exclusivity of being one of the Hampton’s smallest communities. The relaxed atmosphere of Amagansett has drawn some of the biggest names from Hollywood and popular music to its elegant and often historic homes.
Amagansett’s name is derived from a Native American term meaning ‘place of good water,’ and its glorious private beaches make it obvious how apt the name is. Nestled in the east end of Long Island’s South Fork, Amagansett is hidden away from the tourists who frequent other Hamptons’ beaches. The town attracts residents who desire privacy and seclusion while being within easy reach of New York City.
Deceptively huge lots lie hidden from the hamlet’s quiet streets. Amagansett homes are a mix of grand eighteenth and nineteenth-century designs and sleek modern residences, including eco-friendly palatial spaces utilizing innovative geothermal design techniques.
Houses built along Amagansett’s extensive waterfront stretches offer stunning views and instant access to beautiful white sand beaches. With the community positioned on a narrow strip of land at the east end of Long Island, every property here lies close to the ocean.
Amagansett’s tranquility and seclusion have made it a haven for the rich and famous, with property prices averaging $1,100 per square foot. Amagansett includes a stretch of Further Lane, along which lies one of the Hampton’s largest collection of opulent mansions. Amagansett contains dozens of properties worth more than $30 million. The most luxurious residences have previously sold for in excess of $100 million.
Amagansett has been home to some of the Hamptons’ most glamorous residents, including Scarlett Johansson, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul McCartney, Harvey Weinstein, Lorne Michaels, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Lou Reed, Matthew Broderick, Naomi Watts, and other entertainment industry superstars.
Amagansett has been a playground for Hollywood royalty since the 1950s, when Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller, and Randy Lerner summered here together. In 1998, Washington prestige joined Hollywood glamor when President Bill Clinton gave a radio address from the Amagansett Fire House and then visited Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s home in the Stony Hill section for dinner. President Clinton returned to play golf at the South Fork Country Club the following year, and Amagansett has since become a favored summer retreat of the Clintons.
Surrounded by nature reserves, The South Fork Country Club is a perfect example of Amagansett’s blend of nature, history and first-class contemporary luxury. The eighteen-hole course was expanded by renowned golfing architect Gil Hanse in 2000, doubling the size of the Amagansett institution that first opened in 1920.
Amagansett’s understated elegance is exemplified in its Main Street, a tree-lined historic district full of charming stores and quality restaurants. A farmer’s market lies a few streets to the north, offering fresh produce from the fertile Long Island soil. Amagansett’s history is celebrated in several charming museums, with the most well-known being Miss Amelia’s Cottage, an authentic early eighteenth century home filled with colonial-era furniture.