Monday, May 9, 2011

Summer Rental Roundup

As the May Memorial Day holiday looms on the timeline of New York events, everyone's thoughts turn to that joyous 3 month season called summer. However, unless you are lucky enough to either love the cold weather and skiing and go to NZ for 3 months, or own a farmhouse in Tuscany, or basically own holiday homes everywhere in the world as well as private jets, this May holiday can signal a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as you decide how to negotiate a summer rental - preferably in the Hamptons.

Below are a couple of suggestions in case you either scored a Goldman's bonus this year or won the lottery or just want to splash your cash to impress friends:

Yours for the low price of $250k for the month of July! But who wouldn't want to stay in the most photographed house in the Hamptons! And if you can't own a place like this, at least pretend to your friends for a week that you do, as you casually drift off 'your' verandah with drink in hand and onto the golden sands with the Atlantic ocean lapping at your feet.

Ok, so you don't have beach front access, but who cares when you have the divine pool to dive into? And what more do you need in a holiday house than an obscure tree root sculpture and a couple of frozen-in-time sheep keeping watch over the bonfire?

Once the playground for dreadlocked surfies and those that couldn't afford the Hamptons, Montauk has taken off in a big way. This modern masterpiece sits on 4 acres overlooking the Atlantic. If you are tired of the classic Hamptons style architecture of wood shingles and small windows, this is the modernist's dream. But it comes with a price; $450k for the 3 month summer period.

For those of you who have always wanted your very own windmill, look no further than this rental at Bridgehampton. With sweeping views of the ocean and a swimming pool and a windmill, you may very well decide to live at the beach for ever! $340 for summer.

images: (1)wsj, (5-8) curbed hamptons, (rest) sothebys

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