How to Find the Best Luxury Summer Rental Home in Hamptons 2022
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Looking for the perfect home to rent in the Hamptons for summer 2022? Have a look at our 9-step guide to finding the perfect luxury rental. And assess which of the 7 social circles in the Hamptons suits you best. Then check out some of the specific fun facts and good things to know that our ace correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has uncovered, as well as some specific properties that are currently for rent that caught our eye. We’ve also noted our favorite hotels and restaurants, should you decide to visit before you make your final rental decision. Summer’s almost here. Let’s make plans! Most of our staff are New Yorkers, so we know from the Hamptons – here’s how to find the best luxury summer rental home for you in 2022.
the hamptons basics to know to find the best luxury summer rental home
The iconic Hamptons are comprised of a group of 10 towns on the South Fork that are collectively the summer playground of choice for many players in the global elite. Think bold-faced names in fashion, media, publishing, entertainment and finance.
This scene is not for everyone — it’s basically Manhattan on the Beach, and you need to dress appropriately — but if you’re up for it, there’s no better place to experience summer luxury (at least in the US). With numerous art galleries, museums, charming shops and gorgeous beaches – plus lots of celebrity-spotting and glamorous parties – there’s very little not to like for luxury lovers.
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It’s easy to get distracted by the Hamptons infamous opulence. But there is more to a summer in the Hamptons than all the glitz. Captivating, world-class beaches of white sand and dramatic dunes await. It’s the epitome of Atlantic coastal beauty, with spectacular light that has inspired painters like Jackson Pollack and Winslow Homer. If you’re lucky enough to rent a home or be invited to one, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
specific villages and homes to consider for luxury summer rental home in the hamptons 2022
1. East Hampton.
We love East Hampton because it has stellar beaches (we’re looking at you, Georgica), tons of upscale shopping, a great bookstore, and top-notch restaurants. The ultra-rich love East Hampton because they can get away from the hustle and bustle with stunning private homes along the ocean or behind thick green hedgerows.
If you’re looking for the cream of the crop (or just want to ogle the inside of a spectacular home) check out this 9-bedroom oceanfront estate with sophisticated coastal decor equipped with a tennis court, infinity pool and bungalow. We love the serene quality and clean lines of this contemporary 4-bedroom home with a heated Gunite pool. For a family getaway, you’d be hard-pressed to find something better than this well-appointed and eco-conscious 4-bedroom with a heated saltwater pool.
puts all other South Fork villages to shame when it comes to shopping, celebrities and real estate; you’ll see more luxury convertibles passing by on the street in 10 minutes than you’ve seen all year. Multi-million dollar mansions by the sea abound, as do popular clubs and restaurants.
Summertime idyll awaits you at this quintessential 4-bedroom Hamptons style home. Perfect for families with a bunk room, pool and kids’ jungle gym. If you’re keen on entertaining, check out this eclectic 6-bedroom resort-like villa with your own private walkway to the beach. This pristine estate with gorgeous gardens and open and spacious floor plans has it all for an escape with your loved ones.
3. Sag Harbor
is one of the prettiest towns on the South Fork. Charming storefronts line Main Street, alongside outstanding restaurants. Here you’ll find artists, writers, the homes of many of the long-time African-American summer residents of the Hamptons, incredible sunsets, and the popular Long Beach.
We love the sweet, unassuming exterior of this 3-bedroom Captain house that has all the stylish comforts of a luxurious retreat. Check out this modern, waterfront property that offers water views from nearly every room, complete with a private dock for sunset cruises on your boat. If you’d like to follow in the footsteps of past literary giants like Truman Capote and Kurt Vonnegut who retreated to the Hamptons to write, this renovated rustic-chic cabin is sure to inspire.
4. Shelter Island.
Just north of most of the action, the aptly-named Shelter Island remains one of the most serene locations in all of the Hamptons. You’ll find lovely beaches, sunsets, restaurants, and homes – minus the hustle, bustle, and drama. The downside? You have to take a ferry to get there.
This historic compound on pastoral grounds has been renovated with all the modern conveniences and tasteful decor. Can someone rent this glamorous 6-bedroom waterfront villa and invite us over for a weekend? Inspired by a nautilus shell, this Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner styled 2-bedroom house is incredibly stylish and tranquil, perfect to summer in with another couple.
Furthest east is Montauk, where during the day surfers flock to Ditch Plains Beach for the best waves on Long Island. After dark, the pubs take over with a nightlife scene that draws both hipster and local crowds. The sunsets and beaches here are unforgettable.
Boho-luxe is hard to pull off but this charming oceanfront surf “shack” makes us want to do all the artsy things before and after surfing. Looking for a summer cottage for you and your significant other? This colorful 1-bedroom retreat with a private staircase to the beach has your names on it. For extended families, this sprawling 5-bedroom home is full of character and designed for entertaining.
is one of the more low-key spots in the Hamptons. Main Street is filled with unique boutiques, art galleries and lovely restaurants. The equestrian crowd will be out in force here for the annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in late August.
For those who really want to indulge, look no further than this magnificent 7-bedroom compound with 30ft tall cathedral ceilings. This stunning 7-bedroom villa is the perfect gathering spot for friends all summer long. Serenity abounds in this contemporary shingled villa with a pool and hot tub and it’s a 5-minute drive from Sagg Main Beach.
how to find the best luxury summer rental home in the Hamptons for you in 2022
We hope this helps you find your perfect rental home in the Hamptons this summer. Good luck!
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.