21 Finely Finessed Getaways in the Hamptons and Montauk
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21 Finely Finessed Getaways in the Hamptons and Montauk

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By Samantha Ramirez
From Westhampton to Montauk, these Long Island retreats celebrate their beachside locales.

From Westhampton and Westhampton Dunes and stretching across New York’s Long Island to Montauk—known as "the End"—the Hamptons are a popular summer getaway for Manhattanites seeking out beaches, seafood, parties, and a rural lifestyle. The homes in the Hamptons and Montauk are, as you might imagine, as spectacular as the views. From surf shacks to beach bungalows, and shingled estates to prefab homes, these residences below are modern retreats that represent the range of Hamptons architecture.

Two Cedar-Clad Structures Form a Unique Montauk Retreat

East Lake House, designed by Robert Young Architects, features two structures to capture sunshine and breezes from all angles.

East Lake House, designed by Robert Young Architects, features two structures to capture sunshine and breezes from all angles.

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This open-air abode in Montauk designed by Robert Young Architects takes advantage of everything lakeside living has to offer without being imposing. East Lake House is clad with natural materials with unfinished cedar siding and raw zinc roofs.

Independent Volumes Make Up This Unique Hamptons Home

The cedar shingles—common to local buildings—are scaled up to the size of the boards to cover the roof and sidewalls of Georgica Cove.

The cedar shingles—common to local buildings—are scaled up to the size of the boards to cover the roof and sidewalls of Georgica Cove.

Hamptons–based firm Bates Masi + Architects designed Georgica Cove for a family that requested a home built to entertain guests as well as complement its natural landscape.

Seeing What Develops: The Houses at Sagaponac

House 43’s modernist elevation is both monumental and inviting. These shots show the Gisue anad Mojgan Hariri design in its spec stage, before the first residents, Heide Banks and Howard Lazar, moved in.

House 43’s modernist elevation is both monumental and inviting. These shots show the Gisue anad Mojgan Hariri design in its spec stage, before the first residents, Heide Banks and Howard Lazar, moved in.

Along the Montauk Highway lies the contemporary, but controversial, Hamptons development named The Houses at Sagaponac. Gisue and Mojgan Hariri designed Sagaponac House 43 for Heide Banks and Howard Lazar, who were seeking something more modern than their beachfront bungalow.

The Future of Homebuilding: Half-Priced Hamptons

Though Joseph Tanney of Resolution:4 Architecture was originally against prefabricated modular home building, he came to appreciate the medium once he recognized the different types of advantages it brings to the architect and builder.

Though Joseph Tanney of Resolution:4 Architecture was originally against prefabricated modular home building, he came to appreciate the medium once he recognized the different types of advantages it brings to the architect and builder.

Manhattan–based firm Resolution: 4 Architecture has experience designing expansive projects in the Hamptons, and now they’re bringing prefabricated modular homes to the waterfront community.

Modernist Charles Gwathmey’s Personal Hamptons Home

Gwathmey had designed many private homes for a long list of exclusive clientele who appreciated his boldly geometric modernist style.

Gwathmey had designed many private homes for a long list of exclusive clientele who appreciated his boldly geometric modernist style.

As the personal Hamptons retreat for the iconic modernist architect Charles Gwathmey, the stark white home stands two stories high with geometric accents that highlight Gwathmey’s signature style.

Montauk Party House by Keuka Studios

The multi-level waterfront home features glass and cedar siding.

The multi-level waterfront home features glass and cedar siding.

Glass siding and interior industrial accents in this home by Keuka Studios ensure that the home doesn’t detract from the view.

You Won't Lose Your Wi-Fi Connection at This Hamptons Retreat

Western red cedar siding makes up the home's exterior. Salvaged pine beams are also integrated into the palette.

Western red cedar siding makes up the home's exterior. Salvaged pine beams are also integrated into the palette.

Studio Zung designed this barn-style bungalow in the Hamptons as an energy-efficient abode where you can stay connected to your tech without leaving a large carbon footprint. The Atelier 216 project in Amagansett molds natural materials to fit its rustic-industrial look.

Waterfront House by Verona Carpenter Architects

As the house sits atop a cliff on the beachfront, its dwellers can enjoy views of the sandy dunes below.

As the house sits atop a cliff on the beachfront, its dwellers can enjoy views of the sandy dunes below.

Clad in its inky exterior, this modern Montauk home along the beachfront is a redesign from the original home that was built on the property in 1950. The renovation was designed by Verona Carpenter Architects to let more of the outdoors into the home by refacing all of the rooms towards the outside.

Kid Tested, Mother Approved

Architect Joseph Tanney says the house was designed as a safe haven for the clients’ children.

Architect Joseph Tanney says the house was designed as a safe haven for the clients’ children.

Joseph Tanney of Resolution: 4 Architecture designed this home to be indestructible, resilient to both the residing family and the surrounding natural conditions.

Hamptons Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Natural materials were used throughout the house to weather well under harsh conditions, as well as to create a soothing color palette.

Natural materials were used throughout the house to weather well under harsh conditions, as well as to create a soothing color palette.

This Hamptons home runs adjacent to the southern coast of Long Island, and was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to bend parallel to maximize the views of the water.

A Family Retreat in the Hamptons Bridles Wind, Water, and Light

Sliding walls of glass by Arcadia are situated throughout Promised Land.

Sliding walls of glass by Arcadia are situated throughout Promised Land.

Manhattanites George and Catherine recruited Bates Masi + Architects to design their modern Montauk home in the Hamptons after seeing the stunning Amagansett residence designed by Masi. The sliding glass walls are perfect for letting the natural beauty and breeze into the home.

A Photographer’s Retreat in Montauk

Originally built in 1980 for a photographer and his family, this studio in Montauk was renovated by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects in 2013.

Originally built in 1980 for a photographer and his family, this studio in Montauk was renovated by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects in 2013.

The photographer client initially used Bluff Hollow as a place where he could pin up his work, and where his son could escape to do his writing. With the goal of bringing it up to date, while also preserving the original retreat atmosphere, Stelle Lomont Rouhani chose calming and recessive finishes that would create a peaceful effect.

At Home with Mikey DeTemple

Mikey DeTemple's home serves as the perfect Montauk surf shack.

Mikey DeTemple's home serves as the perfect Montauk surf shack.

Professional surfer and filmmaker, Mikey DeTemple uses his Montauk home as a surf shack for when he wants to take a small vacation from his current Brooklyn residence.

The Montauk Beach House

This beachfront getaway is perfect for East Coasters who want to get away from the city life.

This beachfront getaway is perfect for East Coasters who want to get away from the city life.

You don't have to own your own modern house in Montauk just to have a Hamptons getaway—The Montauk Beach House is the perfect boutique hotel for anyone who wants to take a beach trip on the East Coast.

Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

This 3,200-square-foot structure was assembled with a prefabricated foundation, concrete panel siding, and efficient built-ins, minimizing construction debris and toxins—such as concrete foundation tar—on the site.

This 3,200-square-foot structure was assembled with a prefabricated foundation, concrete panel siding, and efficient built-ins, minimizing construction debris and toxins—such as concrete foundation tar—on the site.

For his sister and brother-in-law, Paul Masi of Bates Masi + Architects designed a house whose defining feature is a double-height living-dining-kitchen space that opens to the outdoors when large glass pocket doors slide out of sight. "We wanted to bring the outdoors in and make it a seamless transition," the client Victoria Pryor says.

A Revamped Midcentury Wrapped in Glass and Timber

Outdoor living is enhanced by a professionally landscaped yard on just over half an acre of land. This space also includes an Gunite pool, a mahogany deck patio, and an outdoor dining area. <br>

Outdoor living is enhanced by a professionally landscaped yard on just over half an acre of land. This space also includes an Gunite pool, a mahogany deck patio, and an outdoor dining area.

Philip Johnson Architecture Studio redesigned this East Hamptons project originally built in the 1960s. The home has been given a contemporary exterior, with an interior that shows off some midcentury flair.

Oyster Shores, East Hamptons

Open floor plan, breeze from kitchen, dining and living room areas.

Open floor plan, breeze from kitchen, dining and living room areas.

Oyster Shores by Yankee Barn Homes is a barn-style beach bungalow that has a charcoal-finished exterior that contrasts its bright and airy interiors. Natural wood and stone materials are seen throughout the interior of the house.

Hero Beach Club

The Montauk beach bungalow has been given a chic edge throughout the space for visitors who want to take a beach trip in style. The hotel offers up various amenities between their convenient workspaces and outdoor pool with beachfront access.

The Montauk beach bungalow has been given a chic edge throughout the space for visitors who want to take a beach trip in style. The hotel offers up various amenities between their convenient workspaces and outdoor pool with beachfront access.

A surf shack with a modern twist, Hero Beach Club is a revamped motel decorated to impart a Memphis-meets-tropical feel.

A Montauk Vacation Home Finds Common Ground With its Natural Surroundings

Masi's main goal was to better connect the home with its private yard.

Masi's main goal was to better connect the home with its private yard.

The original home on this Montauk property was faced with the same problem many other postwar homes in the area faced—a disconnect from nature. Bates Masi + Architects aimed to reconstruct the Hither Hills home to be more in congruence with the steep topography that surrounds it.

Glass and Steel Abode in East Hampton

The two levels of the home are connected by two independent staircases.

The two levels of the home are connected by two independent staircases.

This house champions indoor/outdoor living with its industrial steel-and-glass clad exterior. The home was designed by Juan A. Figueroa, and is a striking structure among the Hamptons landscape.

This Hamptons Getaway Blends Seamlessly Into a Lush Landscape

Located in the Hampton Bays, the Peconic House is sandwiched between an old-growth forest and the waterfront.

Located in the Hampton Bays, the Peconic House is sandwiched between an old-growth forest and the waterfront.

With its green roof and timber exteriors, Peconic House couldn't harmonize any better with the lush beachfront. Studio Mapos designed the home with a simple material palette, and an abundance of space across the two stories that are built into the hillside.

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