The New York Times reported today that property owners and would-be buyers in the Hamptons, much like the rest of America, are in a holding pattern as they wait and see what happens with this election and the economy. Thankfully for vacation home owners in this market, they don’t have to sell since the summer rental season is so hot.
But what about properties away from, yet still close enough to the Hamptons? What if you don’t have $20,000 a week to spend on a private estate?
While the communities of Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, South Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk (the ritzy communities that make up the Hamptons) have their obvious appeal (Read: Being able to say you vacationed near Jerry Seinfeld), the home du jour is a more modest, yet still gorgeous home in Shelter Island. This vacation rental stands gracefully, what with her vintage touches and modern amenities: a wraparound porch, walnut banister, copper ceiling, cast iron tub, Miele dishwasher, bonus yoga room and two en-suite master bedrooms.
The landlord was savvy enough to note the home’s proximity to Manhattan (not to mention the more laid-back, “un-Hampton-like” feel of the 8-square-mile town). This circa 1890 Victorian lady is only 100 miles from the Big Apple. An escape that close to the city shouldn’t be passed up.
Loving the last line of the listing: “How can it be that a place, relatively close to New York City, can be safe enough to leave the house doors unlocked and the keys in the car while you’re at the grocery store?”
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.