The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 towns/villages/hamlets 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 24 hours after it begins. Please remember—no wagering.
Lots of real estate action in the village of Southampton this year. Meadow Lane, always the top of the real estate heap, saw some big sales as well as curious residents peeking into Calvin Klein's finally finished house. Gin Lane, too, saw some mansions bought and sold, including one that sold almost immediately; the former Ford estate was put on the market. Historic Wooldon Manor, also on Gin Lane, was sold almost immediately as if its $48M price tag was no big deal. The Linden estate, reportedly finally in contract last year, was back on the market. A much more humble house that once belonged to historic figure Pyrrus Concer caused a kerfuffle (and lawsuit) over efforts to preserve it.
Bridgehampton had a nice 2013. As always, polo and the Hampton Classic were places to see and be seen this summer. Southfork Kitchen closed; Fresh Hamptons opened in its place to good reviews. Billionaire Leslie Alexander opened an OTT wine club called Société du Vin. Carol Konner, local developer, bought the land opposite Bridgehampton Commons, and it's unclear now what will be built there. And in celeb news, the ex of Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford put his house on the market, as did Real Housewife Countess LuAnn.