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Here are 5 places you can buy in the artsy hamlet of Springs, East Hampton

This three bedroom, two bath is asking $1,050,000 and is located in a private, waterfront community.

Sotheby's International Realty/Out East

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If you’re thinking about moving out to the East End of Long Island and you prefer a more laid-back vibe, you might want to check out Springs, East Hampton. The artsy hamlet offers access to the waterfront, nature, art galleries, and restaurants.

Artists like Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, who were married, lived here and you can tour their former home and Pollock’s art studio today. Other well-known artists like Willem and Elaine de Kooning also lived here. Most of them are buried nearby at Green River Cemetery, along with other notable artistic figures like William S. Lieberman, who was a MoMA curator, and the poet Frank O’Hara. The area still attracts artists today like photographer Cindy Sherman, who bought a Springs house in 2011.

Yorgos Tsibiridis, a broker at Douglas Elliman in East Hampton, who previously lived in Springs, says the area is a good option if you want a vibe that’s more relaxed than other parts of the Hamptons. He says you can find a mix of modern and contemporary houses and more traditional shingle-style houses like you’d expect of East Hampton. Most houses sit on about a half-acre and many have a pool or room to build one.

If you want to live here, you might want to think fast: Just like the rest of the Hamptons, there has been a surge in activity during the pandemic. Sales activity almost doubled in the third quarter compared to last year and the average price for a single-family house increased by at least $100,000, Tsibiridis says, adding “I recently had a bidding war at a property on Winward that sold for full-asking price.”

For dining, popular eateries include Harbor Bistro, a seasonal restaurant with a view of the marina, plus year-round spots like The Springs Tavern and Springs Pizza. For nature, you can head to Maidstone Park, Merrill Lake Sanctuary, and Twins Beach. There’s also Springs General Store, a farmer’s market, and art galleries like The Fireplace Project. It’s just under a three-hour drive to Manhattan.

Sound like a fit for you? If so, here are five houses on the market in Springs, including a three bedroom with an in-ground pool and a four bedroom with a patio.

37 4th St. 

This two bedroom, one bath is asking $649,000. The house features hardwood floors, recessed lighting, a fireplace, ceiling fans, an open kitchen and dining room with an island, an outdoor shower, deck, storage shed, and a gated driveway. Maidstone Park and Springs Park Dog Park are nearby.

33 Seabright Ave.

This three bedroom, two bath is asking $799,000. The house was renovated in 2015 and has hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings, track lighting, large windows, stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, a new furnace, a basement, and sprinkler system. Springs General Store and Barnes Hole Beach are nearby.

36 Sycamore Dr.

This three bedroom, two bath is asking $875,000. The renovated, contemporary house features hardwood floors, high ceilings, an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and tile floor, a fireplace, full basement, pool, deck, and landscaped yard. Kaplan Meadows Sanctuary and Springs Nature Reserve are nearby.

54 Runnymeade Dr.

This three bedroom, two bath is asking $1,050,000. The house is in Lion Head, a private community with access to a private bay beach and marina. It has wide-plank hardwood floors, oversized windows, exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, stainless steel appliances, modern light fixtures, central air conditioning, a wood-burning fireplace, deck, and full basement. Maidstone Park and Camp Blue Bay are nearby. 

7 Hodder Ave.

This four bedroom, four bath is asking $1,292,000. The house is on a double lot and features hardwood floors, central air conditioning, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, a fireplace, full basement, and patio. Maidstone Park and Sunset Cove Marina are nearby.