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Why The Hamptons, New York stands out

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When in the East Coast, there is a place that’s perfect for the exclusive getaway, the Hamptons, New York.

The Hamptons is a strip of villages and hamlets found in Southampton and East Hampton of Long Island, New York. The town is popular for the seaside resorts, and is one of the most expensive residential areas in the U.S. It is also home to celebrities like Renee Zellweger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin and Billy Joel. Businessmen like Calvin Klein, Gerald Ford, David Koch and Julia Vance Carter also have properties in the Long Island.

Aside from its scenic beach and private estates, The Hamptons also has a compelling history. During 1638, the Pennacook Indians, a Native American tribe that first encountered European colonists in America, originally occupied the town as a summer camping place. They planted crops such as corns and beans. In winter, the tribe would move inland and hunt for a living.

Then settlers from Lynn, Massachusetts arrived and obtained the land from the tribe and established residence in 1640. The first settlers were eight men, a woman, and a boy. The men decided to divide the land into what we now know as the Southampton and East Hampton.

Three years after dividing the land, the Halsey house was built. It was considered the oldest existent English-style house in New York. The said house was named after Thomas Halsey, one of the first Englishmen who traded with the Shinnecock community, an Indian tribe of Long Island, New York.

The Hasley house is now a public museum filled with Thomas Hasley’s and his family’s items. Some of the relics are furnishings from the 17th to 18th century, a Dominy clock, and a Breeches Bible.

Now, the Hamptons is filled with the cedar-shingle-inspired mansions pioneered by the architect of the Rosecliff’ family, Stanford White. Mostly known as home to America’s rich and plush community, the Hamptons is also a place where people unwind and have fun.

As the town experienced real estate boom due to continuous influx of people, a number of different attractions like private resorts and restaurants have also been built. These places are busiest during the summer season.

Among these crowd-drawers are The Southampton Social Club, which is only 2.8 miles, or eight minutes away from the Hamptons’ Cooper beach.

From its remarkable history to the gorgeous Hamptons residences and the breathtaking beach, plenty of surprises really await in the exclusive neighborhood of The Hamptons New York.

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