Call it an occupational hazard, but interior designers don’t just demand excellent taste in their work lives, they have a high standard for style when they’re off-duty too. So rent one of these designer-approved rentals when you’re in the Hamptons for top-notch architecture, dazzling views, fantastic amenities, and tasteful, inspiring interiors.
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This artful 5,000 square-footer in posh Southampton is impressive enough based on looks alone. The tasteful interiors ooze good style, from the high-end kitchen to the seven brick hearth fireplaces, many open and airy common rooms, generously sized bedrooms, and outdoor entertaining spaces. (There’s also a charming pool house with a full kitchen, bath, laundry and living room.) But the home also comes with an interesting history: the Art Village cluster of properties was originally a school headed up by the famous American painter William Merritt Chase.
What’s black and white, and chic all over? This grownup party house for 10 in East Hampton Village Fringe. It’s new construction with modern interiors: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a sleek kitchen, expansive living room, and gorgeous pool perfect for entertaining a crowd. Another selling point: the sleek bathrooms with dreamy bathtubs and views.
This restored eighteenth century barn in the picturesque hamlet of Water Mill sits amid wildflowers meadows and an agricultural reserve, giving it a “big sky” feel. The interiors are open, airy and relaxed, with a vaulted, wood-beam ceiling, huge fireplace, and large farm-style dining table. All five bedrooms are cozy and sweet, with simple, rustic furnishings and crisp white bed linens. Outside, there’s a secluded saline pool and two large patios with white twinkle lights and a fire pit.
Light pours through the vast windows and skylights of this tranquil, contemporary retreat surrounded by nature in Sag Harbor. It’s just 10 minutes away from the beach and vineyards, but the property boasts so many amenities, you may be tempted to stay at home. There’s a gorgeous pool and alfresco dining area complete with an outdoor fireplace and Viking grill, plus lush landscaping throughout the extensive grounds, a koi pond, bocce and tennis courts, outdoor shower, and indoor game room with a billiards table.
If you’re shopping for more of an estate than a mere house, this 6-bedroom, 6200-square foot mansion may be just the thing. Sink deep into the sumptuous, design-driven interiors, sleep well in high-end bedding, stroll the carefully manicured grounds, and soak in the heated saltwater pool. The ocean is less than a mile away through a quiet cul de sac.
On the outside, this funky brown domed house is a lesson in geometry. But inside…it’s a revelation. Everything is white and bright, and sunshine streams in from countless skylights positioned all over the angled roof. Check out the four unique, high style bedrooms, then take the spiral staircase downstairs to a cavernous all-white kitchen tricked out with an ivory piano. Step outside to the deck, kidney-shaped pool, and ebony pool house, all upholstered in chic black-and-white stripes.
Clean lines, crisp interiors, and ocean and pond views from every room. What’s not to love about this modern take on the classic Shingle Style Hamptons home? If you need more convincing, at this brand-new 5-bedroom stunner, just take a look at the idyllic porch with stylish swing, contemporary pool, and to-die-for kitchen and bathroom.
Open, airy, and filled with light, this chic and contemporary beach retreat promotes wellness and relaxation. It’s in the Northwest Woods area of East Hampton abutting a tranquil nature preserve, and is outfitted with organic and natural latex mattresses with organic sheets, heated saltwater pool and hot tub, infrared sauna, and a gym area with elliptical machine. Designers will especially appreciate that the space was designed and decorated with the help of a feng shui consultant for optimal serenity and energy flow.
Mid-century vibes are all around this bright-white, cheerful, and affordable A-frame in Historic East Hampton Springs. The house is 10 minutes from ocean beaches in East Hampton Villages and Amagansett. It’s also kitted out with beach chairs and umbrellas, beach cruisers, kayaks, and SUPs, so it’s perfect for summer fun. But this wooded retreat is cozy year-round, complete with a retro woodburning fireplace suspended from the ceiling and an extensive game library for rainy days.
10. Historic Bauhaus in Bridgehampton
To stay in a house with a pedigree, rent this magnificent Bauhaus waterfront cottage just steps from the ocean. It was designed by the late architect, writer, and Editor in Chief of Architectural Forum, Peter Blake. The peaceful, private house is on stilts, giving it extraordinary views of Sam’s Creek and Mecox Bay. Take in the stunning natural beauty inside from the floor-to-ceiling windows, or from the beautiful deck, dock, or expansive lawn.