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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) Water Mill vs. (8) Sag Harbor

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

Curbed readers had no trouble nominating Sag Harbor, and neither did East End Brokers! In fact, back in September, Town and Country Real Estate CEO Judi Desiderio noted that this village saw the "greatest increases in the total sales volume and median home sales." On top of that, Sag also saw its highest land sale this year ($12 million for three acres!), and the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse. And when it's not the real estate: it's everything else! Sag made plenty of headlines for its new restaurants, including LT Burger, and those pesky rumors about the American Hotel. There really is something for everyone here, including a pair of offensive legs.

Water Mill: the old fork in the road with the most traffic, the puniest town, and some of the best real estate. Where else can you find a $3 million kitchen? That's right, the same place where master bedrooms trump your apartment! The hamlet's also getting a shiny new Herzog & de Meuron museum (and maybe even a non-elitist yacht club!), which more than makes up for its lack of village life. What do we think, is the home of Super Saturday worthy of our honors?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2010 Coverage [Curbed Hamptons]

[Sag Harbor photo via Sag Harbor Online]