by INHABIT EDITORS
Surely you’re ready to change up that Zoom background—where better than a beach house? These Corcoran listings are ready to host you for a perfect time out east.
You can’t have James Patterson’s beach house, but if you’re hitting the Hamptons from August through Labor Day, you can rent this sleek south-of-the-highway retreat, once home to novelist James Jones. The six-bedroom modern farmhouse, reimagined from the original residence in 2008—you’d best believe it didn’t look this way when the From Here To Eternity author was hanging around Bobby Van’s with Truman Capote—offers 1.5 acres of private grounds with a heated freshwater pool, pool house, and a detached yoga/artist’s studio. Did we mention the beaches, farms, and Wölffer winery are mere seconds away?
Still available for July, this 2.3-acre waterfront in Georgica, home to such storied estates as Grey Gardens and President Clinton’s 1998-99 Summer White House, offers the chance to spend a month in one of the most coveted corners of the Hamptons. This sophisticatedly-rustic enclave frames panoramic views over the pond, along with a private path to its shores to hop in a kayak and paddle towards the ocean. 4,500 square feet of interior, with five bedrooms and six baths, bask in generous coastal light, spilling out to a series of decks and terraces for savoring those dramatic nightly sunsets. Whether dining poolside under the pergola or swinging under the port-cochère nose-deep in your latest summer reading from BookHampton, it’s endless enchantment all around.
Not into the whole weathered-shingle look? This three-bedroom, three-bath iconoclast by Coecles Harbor, conceived by Stamberg Aferiat Architects, couldn’t stray farther from tradition. Playfully inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, the brightly-hued passive residence, nicknamed “Maison Plastique,” synthesizes unconventional, sustainable materials from its rubber roof down—the home’s canted statement walls are corrugated aluminum, casting a color-splashed glow through the home’s polycarbonate walls for Sottsass-level surrealism. Pieces by the likes of Saarinen, Breuer, and Bertoia furnish the inside, and there’s a 40′ pool outside.
They say it’s all about location, but who says style can’t be in the passenger seat? This sophisticated Contemporary enjoys a private, cleared acre an egg timer’s distance from Mecox Bay and Flying Point Beach. Five bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths complement the glassy main living area, resplendent with striking concrete floors and a dreamy solid oak kitchen. For fun nights and rainy days, there’s a 3,300-square-foot lower recreation level with a gym, playroom, and movie theater—but we’d hope to spend more moments by that gorgeous pool, flanked with honed marble and a spacious pool house. It’s available immediately and through Labor Day.
If you’re all about ‘tauk, consider this timbered, tri-level Contemporary, located conveniently between town and Ditch Plains just up the block from Marram. Canvassed with perfection inside and out, this open-plan showpiece boasts a stunner of a gourmet kitchen, light-soaked living spaces, and three levels of terraces, including a roof deck to watch the surfers ride those swells. It’s available for the month of June and again through August through September, a perfect window to seize those endless summer vibes beyond the seasonal bustle’s traditional Labor Day deadline. There’s two outdoor showers, and you don’t even need a car to get around.
It was the talk of the town in 1887 when the Sag Harbor Express reported a large foundation being poured on the property of George O. Post, whose grandfather, Captain John Post, had been among the earliest settlers of Southampton. Not only is the stunning, six-bedroom “cottage” that rose from it still standing: it’s been restored top to bottom under the watchful eye of design legend Alexa Hampton. The meticulous, no-detail-ignored overhaul also combed over the exceptionally private 1.58-acre grounds, which boasts a tennis court, a 44-foot pool with spa, and a delightful pavilion alongside a stone terrace. It’s available Memorial Day to Labor Day—but if that simply isn’t enough time to enjoy this majestic property of provenance, it’s also listed for sale.
Looking to retreat by the water but love the convenience of staying in town? This four-bedroom, four-bath bayfront offers the best of both worlds. Situated less than two miles east of Long Wharf with direct beach access, this open-plan jewel shines as bright as they come, with oversized sliders opening the great room to the expansive deck beyond. The home’s multiple levels take equal advantage of the dreamy setting, and there’s a screened-in porch to comfortably watch the tide roll in and out into the night. As of now, you can have it all summer long—don’t miss your chance.
Convenience has always been a selling point of the Southampton hamlet once called “Good Ground,” which lies where the freeway portion of Sunrise Highway ends. It’s also a strategic base to enjoy both the East End’s prongs—just a quick whip around Flanders Bay past the Indian Island links and you’re at the gates of North Fork wine country. This Grade-A A-frame by Leopoldo Rosati, rentable from July through Labor Day, puts the best of everything within minutes out the front door, all while simultaneously offering every reason to stay home. Inside, the sleek, open interiors offer generous windows and a lower recreation level. The private 1.2-acre grounds, which soar 100 feet above Great Peconic Bay, add a pool, spa, and pool house, along with stairs down to the beach.