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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Water Mill vs. (4) Sag Harbor

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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.

A quiet but good year for the historic hamlet of Water Mill. There was a bit of a kerfuffle over "Sister Jackie Way," but the sign was eventually removed. 33 acres of farmland was preserved by the Peconic Land Trust. In restaurant news, high end (expensive!) Chinese place Red Stixs opened, as did low end (cheap and cheerful) Mexican place Sabrosa. Retailer West Elm moved in, and so did Surf Panda.

One of our favorite crazy houses, Villa Marilyn, was on and off the market, and another house on Fordune Drive with completely dotty decoration hit the market in the autumn. What is in the water over there?

Sag Harbor continued its real estate hot streak in 2014. The formerly troubled West Water Street condo development was reborn as Harbor's Edge and reported great sales, as did Watchcase. A gorgeous Italianate mansion on Main Street, the Nathan P. Howell house, set a record for the town, selling for $9.75M.

In restaurant news, Harlow East opened in the former B. Smith space and Doppio East opened where Madison and Main was. A new retailer was hip natural fragrance company LURK, which relocated from SoHo.

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