Real Estate Roundtable: Amazing Hamptons Amenities

Halfpipe and climbing wall at the Sandcastle
Halfpipe and climbing wall at the Sandcastle, Courtesy Farrell Building

High-end Hamptons buyers want the best of the best, and in many cases they want it already installed, ready for them to indulge in and enjoy—our panel of real estate insiders share their insights into what amenities are inspiring and motivating buyers right now on the East End.

My buyers want all bedrooms en suite—not just the master. They want to see outdoor kitchens with a barbecue, and a finished lower level sporting a home theater and a gym.—Carol Nobbs, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Smart homes and the features that come with it such as LED lighting, sound systems, alarms, thermostats, and entertainment systems that are all controlled from your phone is one of the hottest amenities that buyers are currently looking for when they go to buy. They want the ability to check on the property while in the city or turn on the A/C before they even step in the door. Other hot items are outdoor kitchens and separate living areas, whether it be outdoors or inside, so that everyone has their own place to relax and so that no one feels on top of each other.—Doug Sabo, Nest Seekers International

Most buyers love to see a pool that is not only heated and gunite but that uses saltwater instead of the traditional chlorine. Attached spas are also very desirable. I have also noticed that buyers love fire pits!—Mary Slattery, The Corcoran Group 

Nespresso machine are all the rage with Hamptons buyers
Nespresso machine are hot with Hamptons buyers, Photo: Nespresso

They all want a Nespresso machine—maybe five Nespresso machines.—Harald Grant, Sotheby’s

They want real outdoor living spaces. We are a resort town. Our visitors come for summertime fun with family and friends. Having outdoor living rooms and outdoor dining rooms with fireplaces truly accentuate the beauty of the east end, and extend the season as well.—Judy Desiderio, Town & Country Real Estate

Out here, people want multiples of dishwashers, refrigerators and clothes washers and dryers; smart house technology; an elevator; walk–in wine storage in or near dining and living rooms; and service kitchens.—Diane Saatchi, Saunders & Associates

My clients are looking for outdoor living rooms and kitchens, finished lower levels if the lot permits, and roof decks if there is any sort of view.—Gary Depersia, The Corcoran Group

I find that people are looking for high–end professional prep kitchens off main kitchen: outdoor fireplaces; outdoor kitchens; theater rooms with very comfy lounging sofas rather than silly theater seats.—Anne Ciardullo, Sotheby’s

101 Pheasant Lane, Southampton
Southampton home tennis court, Photo: Courtesy Sotheby’s

Most buyers I’m working with don’t want a fixer-upper or a project. They want turn-key all the way. I think it ties in with wanting an easier lifestyle experience. The amenities they’re after include indoor/outdoor living spaces for a complete lifestyle experience. From large screened porches to fully equipped pool cabanas, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, amazing pools and spas, it all adds to a luxurious lifestyle experience of enjoying time in the Hamptons. They want state-of-the-art home automation systems, designed to make lives easier with the convenience of a voice command or simple push of a button. Integrated security, entertainment, lighting, heat/air controls, fireplace turn-ons/offs, shades opening. One more thing is wine-tasting rooms/cigar-smoking rooms, designed to be a cozy get-away after the pool gets closed for the season.—Aimee Martin, Saunders & Associates

My buyers want remote sound/lighting technology systems, radiant heated floors, and pool houses.—Marcia Altman, Brown Harris Stevens

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