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The Head line reads: "A Walkers Guide to Home Buying" --and then the rest of the Wall Street Journal article goes on to describe the "amenities" or "places" they were referring to: Restaurants, movie theaters, drugstores, Grocery stores etc....Small wonder then, that Southampton Village, New York is THE destination for home buyers! Buyers, looking to buy here in the Hamptons are looking for "proximity" more than anything else right now.

 Wall Street Journal Article: Home Buyers Look For Homes Within Walking Distance To Everything!A SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE GATHERING ROOM

The article ran in the Wall Street Journal in their Real Estate Section in late 2011. It offers many good reasons why home buyers are being pulled to locations which have a "Village" feeling or at least a strip mall with all the needed stores and amenities within walking distance to the home they buy.

The fact is that  Southampton Village and  the other Hamlets that make up the "Hamptons" are all where they were since the very beginning for good reason, when there was no mass transportation; when even a buggy ride was a luxury! In the 1600's people walked every place they went.

Farmers, carrying their bags of wheat and rye in a wooden sleigh in the winter and wheel barrow in the summer, walked to the grist mill in water Mill.  

There were no massive farms then; family farms were just a source of food--a way of life that every living human needed to live and thrive in the earliest times here in the Hamlets of the Eastern End of Long island, New York. Walking was the main mode of travel.

A horse and buggy could help them out but most of the time it was a walk that got you to the place you were going---a job at the Halsey farm; church on Sunday morning or a walk to the general store for provisions.

Flash forward to the 21st century:

Again, the residents who have homes, either second homes or primary residences here are all walking to the shops, the grocer, the restaurants. They are walking to the ocean beaches, to church, to synagogue, museums, to the theater and to the library here in Southampton village--and it is all on purpose!

Walking is the favorite means of travel here in the Village of Southampton--everything is so close and being that this Village is the ONLY village built right on the ocean, it makes sense that walking is the favorite pass-time...Fitness gives incentive to all who visit here, who live here or those who have a summer home here.

That is it!  That is why this area, Southampton Village and other villages here in the Hamptons are THE place to buy right now; record sales for the area are happening in the places where the amenities mentioned above are located. Running, bicycling and walking are frequent pass-times; the Village of Southampton makes them all easy and fun!

This is not news to those of us who are in real estate in Southampton Village, NY. It is THE destination for home buyers.  When buyers come looking, they invariably ask for a Village location, especially since the economy faltered and failed in 2008-2009.

Maybe it's the need to save money on gas?--maybe the need for a relatively easy way to stay fit? These young and not-so-young buyers are ahead of the game if they bought at the bottom of the market...from January '08 to the present. They are young (in their thinking!), savvy New Yorkers, New Jersey and Connecticut families who have spent summers here over the years.  They have picked Southampton Village in which to settle down where they can take walks at twilight with their little ones--where they can dash out for a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee at the Golden Pear on Main, or an old fashioned breakfast at Sip 'n Soda, on Hampton Road.

Southampton Village, New York is the one hamlet that is a year-round community and it draws more and more residents each year as people seek refuge from crowded cities, a healthy place to raise a family and for a place to retire.

Here, in this historically famous village,  people can shop without the pressure of the big city, they can enjoy a leisurely and delicious meal at La Parmigiana on Hampton Road or an unforgettable meal at Red bar also on Hampton Road. A great lunch or brunch can be had at Le Chef  and  Little Red on Jobs Lane. Also, on Jobs Lane, you can enjoy a delicious lunchJOBS LANE IN SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE, NEW YORK at The Drivers Seat, or grab a sandwich or a picnic of salads and treats at the Southampton Deli, right near the playground!

To shop on Jobs Lane is an unforgettable experience; it has been so since the very beginning--Stevenson's Toy Store now fills an original 2 story building that sits across from the Driver's Seat restaurant.  

The Parrish Art Museum, in the throws of leaving the Village to go to their new home in Water Mill, still offers world class exhibits of William Meritt Chase and other famous local art collections at the historical Stanford White building on Jobs Lane. The tall columns of the classical Busts of Caesar still stand strong, and line the lovely brick walk which takes you from Jobs Lane to West main street... a scene Not to be missed if you come to The Hamptons.


An ice cream cone from the Fudge Shop on Main,  a delicious soup and salad at Silvers, also on Main Street and an Italian Ice or a 4 star dinner at Sant Ambroise can make you never want to leave this fabulous and historic POST LANE HOME THAT JUST WENT TO CONTRACTvillage.

The Village of Southampton makes for a perfect place to grow a family--playgrounds, beaches, walking trails, fine schools, theaters and the Southampton Library are all here to support the way a child grows, learns and develops into a happy and productive adult...Homes, such as the house on the left here, are being built for those families who choose to be here full time or weekends only. This one went to contract well before completion and within 4 months of breaking ground!

Located on a short, historic street, this house is exactly mid-way to the Village center and to the beach. This home is representative of the sort of houses that home buyers are looking for: On a quiet street with a cul-de-sac, and just 3 blocks to the ocean and even closer to the center of the Village!

This is the way it should be---nothing is better than to walk out your front door and be in the center of town in 5-10 minutes! 

Make it a point to come to Southampton Village, New York this summer---Spend a day, a week, a month, a summer or forever right here in Southampton Village, New York.


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Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Red Rover Red Rover sent them right over. 

Mar 25, 2012 02:02 PM #1
Diane Glander
Diane Turton Realtors - Spring Lake, NJ
Diane Glander

Sounds a lot like my market/hometown of Spring Lake.  An idyllic village with 3 blocks of local Mom and Pop stores.  Great commute to NYC via the train, buses, etc.

Am blessed to live there!  Will have to make a trip to your neck of the woods.  Where do you recommend one would stay?

Mar 25, 2012 02:44 PM #2
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Andrew: I don't know what to say.....

Diane: Sounds like it! If you come to the Hamptons, it is very hard to finad a good hotel so I always recommend the Inns..the Southampton Inn on Hill Street is good and the 1708 House here in the Village is great.  East Hamton has the Maidstone Inn and of course there is always Guerney's Inn on the ocean in Amagansett. Good luck in getting reservations though--those Inns fill up very quickly, especially since the weather has been so the summer you need to make reservations at least 2 months in advance, so now would be a good time to make your arrangements.

Mar 25, 2012 03:12 PM #3
Peter Michelbach
International, IT
i Sell Real Estate

Paula ~~~

...reminiscing ... feels and looks like a bit of magnificent Munich/Schwabing (Germany) ....peace, serenity and privacy...Thank you for sharing a safe and unique character place with so many secrets to discover...

Mar 28, 2012 04:31 AM #4
Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
Arizona Agents

Paula:this is some good news for all in your area,keep up the good work,and good luck with your business in 2012, E

Apr 30, 2012 04:41 AM #5
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Ed and Tracy: Thank you ---and good luck to you too as we pull out of the real estate doldrums!

Apr 30, 2012 04:52 AM #6
Global Property Systems Real Estate - Nyack, NY
From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York

We go every summer and the charm of area is irresistible!

Apr 30, 2012 05:01 AM #7
Patricia Feager
Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Your blog post is the equivalent of reading a fine magazine. It's punctuated with great information and excellent photos that supports your story.

I love it!

Apr 30, 2012 05:04 AM #8
Emily Medvec
Keller Williams Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor, Santa Fe NM |CNE CRS RSPS | 505-660-4541

Excellent update on your community and lifestyle Yesterday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reminded buyers in a front page news story about the upward trend in prices in our destination market. It appears print media sees the shift we are experiencing in our local markets called demand and supply!

Apr 30, 2012 05:05 AM #9
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Paula - sounds wonderful! We like to be within cycling distance to many places here in Jacksonville Beach, FL too!

Apr 30, 2012 05:27 AM #10
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Vanessa: It truly is! I have never seen a more beautiful area than right here in Southampton--that's why I love here I guess..

Patricia: Thank you --I find that to be a very high compliment, especially knowing how fabulous your posts always are--and your photographs are outstanding as well.

Emily: It's about time is it not? Last year at this time we started to see real progress in terms of an upward trned but then the whole thing fell apart! I don't know if that will happen again this year but lets hope not!

Carol: Cycling has become such a fabulous sport here too---we have groups that ride all the way from Manhattan to Montauck! What a ride!

Apr 30, 2012 05:40 AM #11
Hampton Cobb
Charlotte, NC

Very nice.

Apr 30, 2012 05:40 AM #12
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I say Paula opens a bed & breakfast in the area....She would be booked for months in advance...

Apr 30, 2012 06:29 AM #13
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale

Yes.. The South Hamptons are always a number one spot for city folk to escape in the nice weather. I love the B & B idea...

Apr 30, 2012 07:29 AM #14
Maria Morton
BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Paula, being within walking distance of shops and restaurants is something many of my buyer clients insist upon. That's part of what keeps Brookside, Prairie Village, and the Plaza so popular and also helps keep home values up in those areas.

Apr 30, 2012 08:03 AM #15
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Southampton Village is so beautiful, what a time of year to visit.

Apr 30, 2012 08:51 AM #16
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Richie: There are so many B&Bs out here that I think it would be redundant! I see the Inn business has been gazumped by them too. Motels are rare and Hotels are even more rare--people like to rent homes here; by the week or even weekend---but mostly for the whole summer or just August. 

Janis:...and it is beautiful out here right now--we have had the best spring in memory!

Maria: Good to hear that--lets hope this is the beginning of a renewed interest in buying real estate. There is so much money on the sidelines with no place to put it that it should be very tempting now for those who are ready to spend money on a tangible asset!

Apr 30, 2012 09:15 AM #17
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Everyone meet at Paula's and bring pot luck...

Apr 30, 2012 02:12 PM #18
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Rene: You are so right! It has never been prettier here--we have all the flowers in bloom..the leaves are in full display and we are ready for a great summer!

Richie: Yes...and BYO beer too! :)

Apr 30, 2012 04:08 PM #19
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