Located between Southampton and Bridgehampton, pastoral Water Mill is one of the more charming hamlets in the Hamptons. For hundreds of years, it’s been a peaceful, bucolic farming community, though many of the farms these days are more about housing rich people’s horses than growing food.
Built in 1644, making it the oldest commercial structure on Long Island, the 375-year-old water mill that gave the area its name still exists. Milling operations included grinding grain, fulling wool cloth, spinning yarn, weaving, and manufacturing paper, but by the turn of the twentieth century, the mill had fallen into disuse. A women’s group eventually purchased the building and restored it as a museum. Today, it’s a fascinating place to visit.
At 182-years-old, this 1860 Water Mill farmhouse is a comparative whippersnapper. Asking $5.45 million, the picturesque spread is listed with Beate Moore at Sotheby’s International Realty.
Outside, brick paths, privet, a vine-covered pergola, and foaming white hydrangeas are classic Hamptons touches. There’s also a gunite pool, another quintessential feature in the Hamptons, along with an outdoor shower. Inside, built-ins—a window seat flanked by cabinets, bookcases, and shelves—add vintage sweetness to the simply appointed rooms. Modest in size at just over 2,400 square feet, there’s a spacious eat-in kitchen and dining area, and a living area with fireplace on the ground floor; upstairs are three bedrooms and three baths.
The best part of the property are the outbuildings, which include a former chicken coop converted into a two-bedroom guest cottage, complete with lounge, kitchen, and bath. There’s also a three-car garage and another outbuilding converted to a professional gym.
In this time of supersized mansions busting with sybaritic amenities, this relaxed and old-school farmhouse is a welcomed and idyllic throwback to when you were more likely to see a tractor meandering down the road than a Ferrari.