When it comes to owning or renting property in the Hamptons, it’s long been known that destinations east of the Shinnecock Canal are highly sought after. Southampton Village, Bridgehampton, Sagoponack, East Hampton Village and Amagansett have always been regarded as the cream of the crop when it comes to property in this renown summer destination on Long Island. Though villages like Hampton Bays, East Quogue and Remsenburg are sometimes not even considered part of the Hamptons, they are now becoming in demand as they offer the same luxuries and beautiful surroundings found further out on the east end. Though in the Hamptons real estate business ‘west of the canal’ once was interpreted as less desirable and less expensive, make no mistake. Less expensive does not equal inexpensive and these Hampton locations are becoming popular with those looking for summer homes close to the water and further from the noise of the summer crowds found out east.

Off the beaten path and often not perceived as part of the Hamptons, Remsenburg is the ideal location for those interested in soaking up peace and quiet by the ocean. Affording peace and privacy, the hamlet has been home to many famous residents, most notably the English writer P.G. Wodehouse. Summer residents enjoy views of both the bay and ocean, fishing,and biking to nearby villages such as Westhampton. Remsenburg is so quiet that the village doesn’t even have a single stoplight.

An incorporated village in the town of Southhampton, Quogue boasts its share of million dollar homes and lavish private clubs with one bonus you won’t find in Southhampton -lower taxes. The fabulous oceanfront homes found in this area often cost half that of their east end equals and the area is home to the world class performing arts center, The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (whbpac). Once considered a compromise when someone summered in this area, it has now become a destination of choice offering residents an opportunity to cut off an hour from their commute time to New York City.

More and more people are being lured to these gems as they are closer to get to, often under ninety minutes for New York City residents, and offer more space and amenities. Another attraction of the area is the chance to avoid the traffic that the popular east end destinations are known for.

As more and more people come to find the treasure that these areas hold, the prices west of the Shinnecock Canal have increased but are still less than those further east, with an increase of only 11.2% in comparison to Southhampton, Bridgehampton, Sagoponack, East Hampton Village and Amagansett where an increase of 36% was seen. This is good news for those who desire a summer home in the Hamptons to enjoy peace and quiet without the high profile attention, noise and traffic that summer residents of the aforementioned areas have to endure. Year round residents and summer residents alike are all too happy to be perceived as distant from the glamour and glitz of the ‘Hamptons’ that these hidden gem villages are often not considered part of.

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