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Nov 2, 2015 10:30 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hamlet Survey Reveals Strong Feelings About 'The Hamptons'

Pat Ammirati created this chart based on the results to his survey about which hamlets should be included in
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Nov 2, 2015 10:30 AM

When it comes to exactly which hamlets and villages comprise “The Hamptons,” there are many strong, and occasionally opposing, opinions.

It’s a question that started to weigh on Pat Ammirati, president of the Long Island Real Estate Report, a weekly online publication that tracks property sales and pending foreclosures throughout the island.

His reports take the pulse of the industry and spotlight activity in each hamlet, village and town as well as provide a broad overview of regional transactions. But recently Mr. Ammirati realized that his report on the Hamptons may not have been accurately reflecting what a majority of his subscribers consider to constitute this area.

“At first, I made it just East Hampton and Southampton and all the towns within,” he said over the phone. “I didn’t think it was reflecting what people thought of the Hamptons, and I think the lower-priced areas were bringing down what people thought of the Hamptons.”

He turned to his 1,500 subscribers, many of whom are in real estate or construction, to get their thoughts by way of a survey, and about 400, or 26 percent, replied.

The survey had just one question: “Which hamlets do you think should be included in ‘The Hamptons’ statistical reports?” Respondents were asked to select the hamlets and villages they felt belonged under Southampton Town—west of the Shinnecock Canal, Southampton Town—east of Shinnecock Canal, and East Hampton Town.

Of the respondents, 78 percent excluded Eastport, Flanders, Remsenburg, Riverside and Speonk from Southampton Town, although they did not explain why.

The survey included an optional comment section, and many shared some strong opinions. Mr. Ammirati recalled one respondent saying, “I’ve been living out here all my life and the separation has always been at Westhampton,” while another remarked, “There is no Hamptons west of the canal.”

Several respondents even excluded Montauk from East Hampton Town. “That was the one East Hampton hamlet that was left out more than any of the others, but not enough to take it off the report,” said Mr. Ammirati, explaining that those who suggested eliminating the easternmost hamlet generally felt sour about the area and its inhabitants.

Mr. Ammirati, who has been compiling these statistical reports for over 10 years, said he found the feedback valuable. “I was interested in hearing what people thought,” he said.

Beginning Friday, November 6, the Long Island Real Estate’s Hamptons” category will be calculated without Eastport, Flanders, Remsenburg, Riverside and Speonk. The change will only affect the statistical reports shown in the “Stats and Trends” pages of the company’s website.

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Well I live in Quiogue which is Southampton Township but not even listed above. I feel so...so...disenfranchised.

We are the true orphans of the Hamptons. We pay for WHB high school and WHB library. Police is Southampton. Fire WHB. Yet I cannot go to Rogers unless I pay a non-resident rate. Mayor..nope no vote there. MY zip is 11978 and universally the US Post office won't recognize Quiogue and calls me Westhampton Beach. All the expense and minimal benefit.
By Hambone (511), New York on Nov 3, 15 10:17 AM
oops sorry missed the Quiogue listing above. Blame it on computer resolution and age. That big red line for Remsenburg threw me.
By Hambone (511), New York on Nov 3, 15 10:18 AM
Fine! Then lets have all the hard working class people who are overtaxed and underpaid in Hampton Bays stay home west of the canal for a while then there won't be a "Hamptons" for the snobs.
By Ramblerman (18), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 15 1:24 PM
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It was first noticed on the overhead signs in the Penn Station Railroad many years a go. You know the signs that tell travelers where the train on that track was heading for and stopping at certain villages on the way to Montauk. I saw "the Hamptons" up there and realized that the RR saved space by lumping us altogether.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 4, 15 8:11 AM
The Hamptons begins at Southampton 7 eleven and ends with Amagansett.
West Hampton is part of it, but cut off by the canal and villages in between. "The Hamptons" is a feel, a vibe, a condition... Not a specific location, but the heart of that "condition" is between those two spots. The main section of Hampton Bays does not have that "feel". West Hampton Beach, although a distance from the other villages, has that feel of being in The Hamptons. Development is a large part of that feel. How ...more
By deelove (150), Bridgehampton on Nov 4, 15 9:00 AM
I would like to thank all those East End Real Estate professionals who took the time to contribute to this survey, and also thanks to the Press for publishing the results.
Pat Ammirati
By PatA (1), Smithtown on Nov 4, 15 7:55 PM
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OK Noyack on up the list can be the Hamptons. I see an opportunity for WHB to Quiogue. Since no one considers the Hamptons and it lacks a name, we will now call it Hambone. You are all my loyal subjects and I will treat you well. For those who don't like this there is prime naming opportunity left in Remsenburg to Flanders.
By Hambone (511), New York on Nov 4, 15 10:29 PM
Everyone knows that the Hamptons always started at Exit 70 on the LIE-people out east just hate to admit it.
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Nov 4, 15 11:16 PM
"The Hamptons" is a glitzy designation necessary only for the benefit of those who don't live there, aren't from there, or who are just visitors (even if they've been coming for many years). Reluctantly, those of us who have moved away have adopted it for the purpose of describing where we are from--it never seems quite right to say it, but it is a recognizable 'brand' to outsiders with preconceived notions of what it must be like there.
By InnerBay (68), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 12:25 PM
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