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What Are You Talking About? A Glossary Of Terms, Pt. 1

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You may have noticed that when talking about the Hamptons (and its real estate), people often use terms that are specific to the area. For this installment of Curbed University, we'll be providing definitions for some of the more popular words and expressions often associated with Long Island's South Fork. If you've got any to add, feel free to send 'em our way.

Acreage: While cities are generally focused on livable square footage, that's only part of the equation in the Hamptons. How big a parcel of land that your house is built on also matters. 1 acre = 43560 sq. ft. The best comparison we've come across is that of a football field:

Bub/Bubby: Nickname for a sometimes-rough-around-the-edges East Hampton local. Can be proudly self applied (if your family is from the area) or used insultingly. Best to avoid using it if you’re not from these parts.

Cidiot: Term for visitors from the city that many feel embody everything wrong with the area during the summer. They are usually rude, entitled, impatient, downright nasty and, often times, a terrible driver. Don’t be one of these. (Please note: This doesn’t apply to everyone from the city, just an unfortunate subset of jerks.)

Further Lane: In real estate listings you will often see this street described at “storied”. It’s one block from the ocean and runs from East Hampton all the way to Amagansett. Famous residents: Kelly Bensimon (if you can count her as famous) and Lorne Michaels.

Georgica Pond: An almost 300 acre pond in East Hampton’s estate section. Property in this area is limited so it comes at a high premium. Noteable folks with houses on Georgica: Steven Spielberg, Ronald Perlman.

North/South of The Highway: The "highway" in question is Montauk Highway, not necessarily Route 27?in Southampton, they are two separate roads (though they do eventually combine). Real estate agents like to say a home in Southampton is “south of the highway” when it actuality it might only be south of 27.

The big difference between north and south of the highway is proximity to the ocean which, in turn, plays a huge role in price. Homes built "south of the highway" are closer and therefore much more expensive?often times by a factor of 3 or 4 or more.

· Curbed University [Curbed Hamptons]