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Photographer Susan Kaufman's 10 Favorite Hamptons Homes

Claire Harper | August 17, 2020 | Home & Real Estate Home & Real Estate

Fashion fan and founding editor of People StyleWatch magazine Susan Kaufman (@skaufman4050) has a knack for photography. While she’s been busy working on a special book (due out next year) to showcase her talents, the part-time Amagansett resident still finds time to capture the prettiest addresses around town. Here she shares her top picks—all caught through her lens.

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1. BLUE COTTAGE, SAG HARBOR
“I’ve probably shot this charming Sag Harbor cottage in every season. The first time I saw it I was immediately struck by its unusual color palette. The dark blue exterior combined with the blush-colored door and the lush green ferns create such a bold statement—probably why it’s such a fan favorite on my Instagram feed.”

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2. WHITE VICTORIAN, AMAGANSETT MAIN STREET
“I walk by this unique Victorian (circa 1873) often, and it’s always been one of my favorites. It has so many great details to take in: the window boxes always filled with pretty flowers, the unexpected diamond- and oval-shaped windows, the sweeping rooflines and the front porch with its chic black furniture. And that swing gets me every time!”

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3. CLASSIC HOUSE, SAG HARBOR
“I just love a good classic house, and it doesn’t get much more classic than this impeccably renovated 1840 Egyptian Revival, once the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson. The black shutters against the pale gray facade and white trim is as crisp as a well-tailored tuxedo. And the robin’s-egg blue door adds the perfect touch of color.”

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4. SHINGLE-STYLE, AMAGANSETT (LANES)
“This quintessential shingle-style Victorian farmhouse just screams “summer in the Hamptons” to me. It has such a casual vibe. I don’t think there’d be anything better than hanging out with friends on this perfect wraparound porch on a warm summer night.”

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5. SHINGLE COLONIAL, SAGAPONACK
“There’s just something about the simplicity and symmetry of a classic New England Colonial that has always appealed to me. I first saw this historic Sagaponack home (circa 1797) in the height of hydrangea season, and the beautiful blue blooms were the perfect frame for this handsome house.”

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6. BUNGALOW, EAST HAMPTON
“Sometimes smaller is better! Case in point, this shingled bungalow in East Hampton. The house and landscaping are perfectly proportioned, and kudos to whoever decided on the chic gray trim.”

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7. 19TH CENTURY GRAY HOUSE, SAG HARBOR
“Another day another superb renovation of a historic Sag Harbor home, and another one of my all- time Insta faves! It’s really all about the moody dark exterior for me. I think it brings a surprisingly modern feel to this 1830s house.”

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8. GARDINER HOUSE, JAMES LANE, EAST HAMPTON
“One of the first houses out East that I was irresistibly drawn to. I seem to have a thing for historic cottages and blue doors! And of course the white picket fence just adds to its charm.”

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9. FEDERAL BRICK, SAG HARBOR
“If it weren’t for the front yard, I would almost think that I was in the West Village rather than on Main Street in Sag Harbor. I’ve always loved ivy-covered brick houses, and it’s so unique to see one like this in the Hamptons.”

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10. SWEET COTTAGE, SAG HARBOR
“Like a storybook cottage. I love the pointy roofline, pale gray shingles and decorative molding. It’s sweet but not saccharine.”



Photography by: Susan Kaufman.