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All The Presidents Hamptons Houses

October 28, 2016 | By Dawn Watson | A sneak peak at the Hamptons houses owned and rented by America’s presidents throughout history | As the elections loom, it’s easy to get caught up in politics, especially as this year’s upcoming decision will be anything but business as usual.

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Made for the Movies

October 7, 2016 | By Dawn Watson | The East End is no ordinary place. Chock-full of charm and beauty, the quaint villages and hamlets of the Hamptons represent an almost filmic ideal. With such a setting, it makes sense that the South Fork is home and host to the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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Hideaway in Mexico

September 16, 2016 | By Benito N. Vila | Palms trees line the drive to the casita, which you soon discover is not a casita at all. It’s a compound, a deconstructed house of sorts, enveloped in a tropical garden and set right on the ocean. The plantings are the first things to draw you in–their lushness and abundance magically making the long trip fall away fast. Then your eye catches the pool, a 75-foot Infinity edge marvel of engineering and design that extends out towards the ocean. A set of four white-cushioned lounge chairs will reassure you that you’ve traveled the distance for all the right reasons.

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The New Kid in the Trailer Park

August 29, 2016 | By Emily J. Weitz | They’re still trailers – but you might forget that when you step in and feel the bright clean light spilling in through abundant windows. For Alicia Murphy, 30-year-old interior designer who lives in Brooklyn, Amagansett, and now Montauk, making the interior space livable was crucial in moving to Montauk Shores.

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Passing the Baton at Guild Hall

August 15, 2016 | By Emily J. Weitz | In recent years, through her tireless work at the Parrish Art Museum, Andrea Grover has become one of these great connectors. When she makes the move to Guild Hall in September, she’ll bring with her a youthful energy, and the ability to bring even greater collaboration to the artists’ community of the East End.

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Fixing It

July 28, 2016 | By Emily J. Weitz | “My goal is that we will ultimately transform the landscape industry into a community of land stewards,” said von Gal. “It’s everyone’s job to be a conservationist on their own property. You can have your own piece of the environment. That’s what it is. It’s all part of one thing.”

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How Smart is Your House?

July 6, 20216 | By Dawn Watson | Once looked upon with suspicion and even fear (who can forget the showdown between HAL 9000 and Dave in the seminal sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey”), now AI is at our fingertips and in our walls, floors, televisions, security systems and even in our refrigerators. Advances in technology have not only made it possible to control most every system in the house with a simple touch or click of a computerized device but also to anticipate our needs and do the basics for us.

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Four Hampton Icons

June 13, 2016 | By Dawn Watson | To outsiders, the Hamptons are pure glitz and glamour. But those in the know understand that there is considerable depth of heritage and history here on the East End, which long predates the arrival of its well-heeled visitors.

In particular, the villages of Southampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton and the hamlet of Amagansett are rife with historical significance. Each of them has many memorable and fascinating places in time, and all have the architecture to prove it.

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Mad for Modular

April 11, 2016 | By Crosby Renwick | The prefab phenomenon dates back to 1890’s when many Americans bought homes out of mail order catalogues. Sears built over 100,000 prefab homes in the first half of the 20th century, which helped ease the housing shortage following WWII. In fact, there are a number of Sears homes here in the Hamptons. But we’ve come a long way since then.

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The BIG Hamptons Estate: A Forever Thriving Micro-Market

March 22, 2016 | By Dawn Watson | Not only are price tags continually creeping upward in most segments of the market, the very highest end is flourishing, report the East End’s most successful agents. And though that rarified niche is unpredictable in many ways, demand for $50-million-and-up properties is healthier than it’s ever been, say Tim Davis of The Corcoran Group, Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty and Cody Vichinsky of Bespoke Real Estate.