POST LANE: A STREET OF "NOTE" IN SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE, NY...A Valuable Piece of History Included!

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Post Lane is a very quiet, short and desirable street right here in the heart of Southampton Village, in New York State. Old line Families with such recognizable names as Foster, Howell, Cook, Sayre and Herrick settled in the area that was once owned by one of the original settlers, Richard Post in 1640.

Here the Post and Howell families and several other original settlers from Lynn Massachusetts,  settled in to farm the verdant soil so near the ocean. Post's land was East of Main Street and included the eventual railroad station and ran South, all the way to the ocean. It was substantially 1/2 of the entire area that became known as Southampton Village proper. Now, there are streets that quarter the huge tract of land; now, there are houses side by side with side lawns and backyards shared with each neighbor  ...and the cemetery, filled with the ancestors of those who still live here in this precious part of Long Island lies nearby, in sparse display of those remaining headstones from centuries ago.

Post Lane is where the first "Burial Ground" is located,  for local families and others who populated the area in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was long before it ever was a village of "note" to the wealthy who came here in the 1920's; before the artists began their sojourn here and before anyone knew that the white sands that lay not even a mile away would draw those from all over the world to the "American Riviera" of the 1920's.


Today, there is a mixture of brand new homes, antique capes and 1950's ranches here that are a testimony to the meager way of life of the founding families in the early years. Merely 1/4 of a mile long, and with a total of 16 houses on it, Post Lane has been a sought-after address since the 1990's. Since there are so few houses, property values on this famous little street have soared to record highs in spite of the housing recession of the New 21st Century.


Under a mile to the ocean and in the heart of Southampton Village, Post Lane was the home to several families for almost two centuries. At the ONE POST LANE CAPE LOST TO THE NEW BUILDStime of the earliest Puritan settlers in the 1640's, the oldest burial ground was begun and still exists behind 2 of the homes on the Northern side of Post Lane. The South side of the street is the place where everyone wanted to have a home in the early 20th century--this is where they settled down and lived quiet lives until 2009, when the first home was torn down and replaced by a 6000 SF Gambrel roofed home.

Quietly, and slowly, Post Lane has become a very desirable street--one which young families are now seeking to buy and to own NEW CONSTRUCTION ON POST LANE--ETC: sPRING 2012a piece of Southampton Village.

One home that was sold in early 2011 has become the template for the new, 5-6000 square foot houses on small lots here in Southampton Village. Proximity to the ocean is the key and the fact that owners can stroll with their children on streets that are relatively safe and near every shop and restaurant, is central to the idea of owning a home on this street.

NEW CONSTRUCTION ON POST LANE, SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE, NYThe trend to smaller, brand new houses has become the "norm" when it comes to families and their needs for a summer home, at least here in Southampton! The "smaller home" sounds a little ludicrous when you think in terms of the national market. However, here in the Hamptons, the average homes had become 8-10,000+ SF by the time we reached the peak of the housing bubble in 2007.

Now, with the memory of the crash of '08 and the Great Recession, home buyers do not want to risk owning a giant home that requires hard work to maintain and endless amounts of energy to heat and cool....geo-thermal heating/cooling is a brand new idea that has not yet become a requirement here. In fact "green building" has been a fizzled attempt (just as it was in the 1970's)  when it comes to solar heat. No one wants the solar panels on roof tops and that is one reason that we do see a few new homes with geo-thermal systems instead of solar heat. 


The new homes on Post Lane have the style and design of early Southampton Summer Cottages that were built during the quiet development from a farming community in the early 17th and 18th centuries, to a summer resort by the end of the 19th century.

Attention to the graceful roof lines and large scale rooms of the old summer cottages of The Hamptons, has been the guide to the new construction on this lovely street.

Post Lane is one of a kind in this summer resort and it is all about it's history and the proximity to everything that has made it the "go-to" street for new home buyers!

"The American Riviera" is what the Hampton's became in the 1920s, as the glamor and elegance of the wealthy found it's way here...Now, a place for many families and their summer activities has given the Hamptons a new identity: 

  • "The American Dream"
  • A place to come to enjoy the summer months, fishing, swimming, picnicking at the beach and also
  • A place to settle down after retirement--
  • A place of history
  • A place to enjoy the proximity to New York City and it's environs and still remain at a safe and quiet distance from it All!  

Southampton village is an unforgettable part of what we now call the Hamptons--it is a place that has always been one of very real Americana that has it's roots in the one of the earliest settlements in America!


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Jane & Garry Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Portland, ME
ABR, GRI, Realtors - Portland, ME - (207) 253-3195
Very cool history about Southampton Village, NY! Sounds a lot like areas of Portland, Maine where we are rich in history, too! Thanks for sharing!
Nov 06, 2011 05:35 AM #1
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Jane and Gary: Glad you enjoyed the read--Even though we are not considered "New Enlgand" per se, there is that feeling here and I can just imagine that the same feeling is felt there where you folks are....there seems to be a yearning for the sort of life you can have in a small town--if one can afford it. They want to be here and they want to be near everything!

Nov 06, 2011 05:44 AM #2
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Paula,  Wow, what an incredible hyper local post.  Your sense of history and " place " is amazing.  A great read !

Nov 06, 2011 08:54 AM #3
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Bill: Glad you enjoyed it! I have such a good feeling about the history here--it is so "little known" and always surprising when I uncover more of it! When I looked up the Post name I was overwhelmed by the sense of how important it was for the Puritans to come to this country---this young Post (he was like 18 when he was dis-owned by his father) was so driven by his desire to get away from what was considered an "oligarcy" in Europe that he did not mind the fearfilled trip to "New England" and then when he decided he wanted more freedom from the rest of the Puritans in Massachusetts---that led him to Southampton, where he stayed until he died at an early age...what an incredible human being! He actually gave up his Noble Heritage to become a person who was willing and able to express his desire for real freedom!!

Nov 06, 2011 09:33 AM #4
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

The Northeast portion of our country has a lot of history and charm.  This is where it all began before the politicians starting messing things up.  Thanks for the look back in time.

Nov 06, 2011 05:31 PM #5
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

What a beautiful area of the country! And all of that history to go with it! My graduate degree is in history, so you have my attention with a post like this!!! thanks for sharing!

Nov 10, 2011 02:11 AM #6
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Doug: It is amazing what the beaurocrats and politions can do to an area---here, the historicall guidlines, setbacks and architectural influences have begun to be too loose and as a result, we are beginning to see changes that I never dreamed might happen! I keep hoping that they will get their acts together before it is too late!

Barbara-Jo: Thank you is such a beautiful spot that we keep hoping that the changes that are starting to happen will not be the direction of the future---I am making it my goal to keep the public informed of the beauty here so that we don't lose it!!!

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