Our sister site and monthly magazine, Behind the Hedges (BehindtheHedges.com), offers an index of Hamptons real estate by the numbers for July 2017. Read these tidbits and factoids, and feel satisfied knowing a little bit more than most about East End properties, history and more. Or, store them deep in your brain now and impress friends and colleagues at cocktail parties later.
Price paid by Salem H. Wales for 10 acres by Lake Agawam for his estate, “Ox Pasture,” 1880 – $4000
Price for acreage by Lake Agawam, 1870 – $50 an acre
Asking price, 420 Ox Pasture Road, Southampton, 2017 – $31,700,000
Number of watchcases made per day, Fahys Watchcase Factory, Sag Harbor, 1899 – 12,000
Average price of watch with gold-filled Fahys case, 1899 – $9.50
Asking price, Penthouse 418, Watchcase – $5,950,000
Year ferry service began on Shelter Island – 1846
Year East Hampton Town Board favored a bond issue to build bridges from North Haven to Shelter Island and Shelter Island to East Marion – 1931
Year the Shelter Island Bridge and Tunnel Authority was formed – 2006
Acres of land planted for potatoes, Long Island, 1940s – 70,000
Acres of land planted for potatoes, Long Island, 2017 – 2,500
Wholesale price per bushel, New York potatoes, 1946 – $3.80
Wholesale price per bushel, New York potatoes, 1946, adjusted for inflation – $47.80
Wholesale price per bushel, New York potatoes, 2017 – $3.00
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