Summer Residences on Ocean Avenue, East Hampton

Ocean Avenue, East Hampton. Postcard : Gary Lawrance Collection.
Here is a beautiful scene on Ocean Avenue of early summer cottages. In the first years of the Hamptons, when it became a fashionable resort for New York's social elite, many of the houses where easily visible from the road. It was only later that the large privet hedges that surround many of the homes in the estate sections, were planted. The house in the foreground was built for Reverend Stephen Mershon circa 1870s. The house in the background was built for Arthur Van Brunt circa early 1900's.

 Amazingly it seems these two homes still exist, looking very much as they always were.See them HERE today on Bing Maps. Make sure you open them in Bird's eye view.

Below are some books I recommend  about historic houses in the Hamptons.

Gary Lawrance & Anne Surchin


Steven Petrow with Richard Barons

 John W. Rae/East Hampton Library

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Residences on Lily Pond Lane

Residences on Lily Pond Lane, East Hampton, New York.

See this view today HERE.
Make sure to click on Bird's eye view.

Please note that the home on the left called, Little Burlees, built for Edward T. Cockcroft in 1905 and designed by architect, Harrie T. Lindeberg. This beautiful cottage style home was totally destroyed by fire in 2008, which may not be reflected  in all aerial views.

Century old Lily Pond Lane home destroyed by fire.
Little Burlees on Old Long Island.


Tremedden, Ocean Road, Bridgehampton

Tremedden, Ocean Road, Bridgehampton. The Richard Esterbrook home.
Tremedden was the Bridgehampton home of Richard Esterbrook, Jr. It was located on Ocean Road, just south of Minden, the former John E. Berwind estate. Mrs. Berwind was the niece of Antoinette Esterbrook.
This wonderful Victorian style house is no longer existing.

Otto H. Kahn's Estate Oheka, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Oheka from the terrace. 
Sketch by Chester B. Price
The estate is also used in the popular TV Series," Royal Pains". 

Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930

Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930, Gary Lawrance & Anne Surchin, Acanthus Press 2007.

Please read the following links for reviews and previews,