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The most expensive ZIP Code in New York is about 100 miles east of Manhattan in the Hamptons, on Long Island’s eastern end. There, within the town of Southampton, is Sagaponack. The 4.56-square-mile village on the Atlantic Ocean has the priciest real estate in a state known for just that, according to Realtor.com data [
owner of The Wall Street Journal, also operates Realtor.com under license from the National Association of Realtors]. Established in 1653 with roots in potato farming, Sagaponack has a year-round population of about 350 residents and more than 1,000 part-timers. As in other Hamptons enclaves, Montauk Highway is a main thoroughfare, but it is quieter here, with few commercial outlets. Its one general store was owned by the same family for more than 100 years before it was sold in 2021. There is one post office. The school is a one-room schoolhouse for about a dozen students, in grades K-3. But quaint doesn’t mean small. The ZIP Code is also home to one of the largest single-family homes in the United States: The estate belonging to billionaire businessman Ira Rennert has roughly 100,000 square feet of buildings on 64.8 acres.
Notable stops and shops
The village of Sagaponack sits on the Atlantic Ocean at the east end of Southampton and between the hamlets of Bridgehampton and Wainscott. The summer beach season is one of the community’s big draws.
Loaves & Fishes Foodstore
Owner Sybille van Kempen and her daughter, Karina Fengler, the store manager, at Loaves & Fishes Foodstore, an upscale food store that has been preparing a rotating menu of grab-and-go dishes for 42 years. Come for the entrees, such as citrus salmon and chicken schnitzel. Stay for the desserts like cakes, tarts, galettes and homemade ice cream. Don’t miss the lobster salad, which has been priced at $100 per pound for about the last decade.
In 1967, painter Robert Dash purchased 2 acres of land in Sagaponack, where he established Madoo, a horticulturally diverse garden that visitors can now tour. Madoo also hosts cultural events throughout the year, including its Much Ado About Madoo summer soireé.
In operation since 1987, the farm sells its produce at its farmstand from June through October. Locals load up their bicycle baskets with fruits and vegetables ranging from arugula to zucchini and everything in between.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Founded in 1988, this estate sits on 175 acres that encompasses its 55-acre, sustainably farmed vineyard, which is known for its rosé wine. The property has a tasting room and a wine stand, the latter of which is a popular place for Friday and Saturday evening sundowners.
Membership to have
Take your private club pick: Of the private clubs nearby, the Meadow Club of Southampton and the Bathing Corporation of Southampton are roughly a 20-minute drive, while East Hampton’s Maidstone Club is about 15 minutes—depending on traffic, of course.
The Sagaponack Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes examples of residences from Sagaponack’s early 17th-century settlement, popular revival styles from the 18th and 19th century, and Foursquare and Bungalow styles from the 20th century.
At Home on the Beach
Advice for the buyer
Town or beach? “Sagaponack Main Street is the heart of Sagaponack,” says
real-estate broker Paul Brennan. “It encompasses more of the community itself, where all of the old houses were centered around the cemetery. Meanwhile, Daniels Lane, which today is more ocean-oriented, used to be the breadbasket of Sagaponack, where farming took place.”
On the Market
Built in 2013, this 10,000-square-foot modern house in Sagaponack South is filled with light thanks to its floor-to-ceiling walls of glass in the open floorplan living areas. A travertine floating staircase leads to the second level, which has ocean views. The primary bedroom has a terrace and additional bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. The 1.5-acre property also has an infinity pool, pool house, outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen and dining area. Agent: Susan Breitenbach, The Corcoran Group—Bridgehampton.
Sagaponack Main Street
Douglas Elliman Real Estate (3)
This 2-acre compound in the heart of historic Sagaponack dates back to the 1920s. The recently renovated four-bedroom, 3,700-square-foot farmhouse has a formal dining room and three wood-burning fireplaces. There is also a two-bedroom, 756-square-foot cottage, a 3,200-square-foot gym with a squash court, a 2,955-square-foot barn; and a 865-square-foot artist’s studio. All buildings predate Sagaponack zoning. The grounds also have a pool. Agent: Paul Brennan, Douglas Elliman.
The main floor of this 8,500-square-foot house flows into an outdoor living and dining patio that overlooks a heated pool. The Traditional-style house, which was built in 2011, has an upstairs primary suite and a second bedroom suite that has a sitting room and an office. There are additional bedrooms upstairs and in the basement, which also has an exercise room. There is a tennis court on the 1.85-acre property. Agent: Yorgos Tsibiridis, Compass.
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