Hampton Homes – Traditional vs Modern

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Hampton Homes – Traditional vs Modern

Ahh, The Hamptons – a beautiful string of communities along the coast of Eastern Long Island in New York. These shores are lined with traditional & modern homes, designer boutiques, high-end restaurants, and more. Although they are primarily known as the go-to summer destination for affluent NYC residents and celebrities, the biggest draw for me is the architecture and design of the traditional Hampton homes!

The rich and famous have been traveling to the Hamptons since the early 1900’s. That’s when they started building these spacious estates, cozy cottages and beautiful villages. What I love about these classic homes is the feeling of aristocratic “vacationing” that used to exist. It was about the destination being a hide away, a private place. However, over recent decades as the Hamptons have gained popularity, the demand for real estate has increased. As a result, new construction for modern properties has also increased.

Now, I can appreciate the contemporary design and feel of the newer modern homes. However, I fear that the history of the older Hampton homes are being run out by this construction. There’s a sharp contrast when you compare these homes to their historical counterparts that have been around since the early 1900’s. Many of the modern homes have little character, and lack historical elements.

We want your opinion – so lets take a look at some examples of traditional Hampton homes and modern Hampton homes and you can judge for yourself!


Traditional Hampton Homes

Jeramiah Miller House - late 19th century
Jeramiah Miller House – late 19th century
Joseph S Osborne house - late 19th century
Joseph S Osborne – late 19th century
George A Osborne House - early 20th century
George A Osborne House – early 20th century
Sarah Diodati Gardiner House - mid 20th century
Sarah Diodati Gardiner House – mid-20th century

Modern Hampton Homes

modern Hampton home
Courtesy of Adrian Gaut, Ty Cole, Tommy Zung, and Talley Carlston
modern Hampton home with slanted roof
Image courtesy of Mojo Stumer Associates
Modern Hampton home with pool
Courtesy of the Corcoran Group
modern Hampton home with pool
Image courtesy of HomeAway

So what are your thoughts on the traditional versus modern Hampton homes? Is there a style you’re more drawn towards? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out our portfolio and other blog posts!