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The Best Cottages To Bid On At East Hampton's Sea Spray Auction

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In the bidding mood? Here's a breakdown of what's available at this Saturday's Sea Spray auction. While each cottage has its own style and level of furnishing, some cursory window shopping reveals that they're all very, very basic. Leases run from May 14 to September 19, 2010, and if you win, you're in for two more years. Minimum starting bids are listed.
(*indicates our favorite in the size category)

Cottage #1: One bedroom, one bathroom: $30,000
Cottage #2: Two bedrooms, one bathroom: $38,000
The Skinny: Located too close for comfort to Main Beach's parking lot, these attached cottages also sit lower on the property than the others. Fireplaces are nice bonus, but not enough for us to label these as the least attractive of the group.

Cottage #3: One bedroom, one bathroom: $33,000
Cottage #4: Two bedrooms, one bathroom: $38,000
The Skinny: A little more breathing room from Main Beach traffic and on slightly higher ground. Good, but not our favorites for their sizes.

*Cottage #5: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms: $55,000
Cottage #6: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms: $55,000
Cottage #7: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms: $55,000
Cottage #8: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms: $55,000
The Skinny: All four are located a comfortable distance from beach traffic and each one stands alone. But with an expansive lawn on one side and only one neighbor, if 3 bedrooms is your thing, go big on #5.

Cottage #9: One bedroom, one bathroom: $35,000
*Cottage #10: One bedroom, one bathroom: $35,000
The Skinny: Hard to choose between these two standalones. #9 is neighbor-free on one side, but #10 has slightly better views. We'd go #10 in '10.

Cottage #11: One bedroom, one bathroom: $35,000
*Cottage #12: Two bedrooms, one bathroom: $45,000
The Skinny: Located at the furthest edge of the property, these attached cottages are sitting pretty and give you tons of privacy. Yes, they're connected, but the open side of #12 is nothing but dune heaven.

Cottage #14: One bedroom, one bathroom: $35,000
The Skinny: Across the parking lot from the main property, this cottage hideaway is surrounded by trees and bushes, providing the most privacy of them all. However, all the foliage in the world won't drown out the road noise.
· East Hampton Village - Sea Spray Cottages Auction

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