Southampton’s Meadow Lane is the toniest address in the famously high-toned Hamptons, where the 1% of the 1% spend their summers — or at least a couple weeks of their summers.
What makes Meadow Lane so popular with the richest of the rich? Well, it’s a narrow, five-mile-long peninsula of sandy dunes along the ocean and, because it’s not a through-street, traffic is minimal. The pièce de résistance for busy and pampered billionaires, however, is the Meadow Lane helipad, near the tip of the peninsula, where Wall Street big shots can chopper in from Manhattan in just 40 minutes while the hoi polloi sweat it out on the Jitney as it crawls eastward from New York City down the notoriously traffic-thronged Long Island Expressway.
The area is awash with both old-money and newly-minted billionaires who preside over massive mansions that range from traditional Hamptons shingle-clad cottages, to baronial Old World inspired villas, to sleek ultra-modern glass boxes. Almost every property sports a swimming pool and many have a tennis court. Oceanfront properties are far more desirable (and expensive) than the few bay-front houses, of course, but the absolute best estates include land on both sides of the road, which enables both direct ocean access and a dock on the bay for boats.
Want to join the summering ranks of the Hamptons zillionaires? The Mylestone estate at 700 Meadow Lane is up for grabs at the not-bargain-basement price of $175 million, but if that’s too rich for your blood, the rambling, fixer-upper estate known as Oceancastle is available at $75 million.
For those without the many tens of millions of dollars necessary to buy a Meadow Lane mansion, here’s a tip: park at Coopers Beach, pay the $50 entrance fee, plus another $25 for a chair and umbrella rental, and just about anyone can pretend to be a billionaire for the day.