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.
Two heavyweights duke it out today. In the first corner is number one seed East Hampton. Lots of action in the town this year: not only the record high real estate transfer in America, at $147M, there's also the second-highest listing in the US, 90 Briar Patch Road at $140M. Celebrities moved in (David Geffen bought Courtney Ross's spread on Georgica Pond), celebrities moved out (Renee Zellweger sold her Egypt Lane house super quickly). Restaurants opened (Bay Kitchen Bar), restaurants closed (Nichol's), restaurants popped up (Shuko), and restaurants changed hands and reopened (Highway Diner). The East Hampton Historical Farm Museum opened. Debates about chain stores and tamping down airport noise were everywhere.
But what about that scrappy fighter Amagansett? This year, the Clintons chose the Bell Estate in Amagansett for their annual vacation. In other celebrity news, the consciously uncoupled Chris Martin rented a couple houses down from his and Gwyneth's family place on Old Montauk Highway, and on-and-off girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence visited. Summer pests the Kardashians filmed on Indian Wells Beach, to complaints. (Speaking of which, town officials clamped down harder on partying there.) New mom Scarlett Johansson has been seen around town near her new AMG house. The real estate market continues to be hot, hot, hot, in the Lanes and the Dunes. The area saw many teardowns; often by Farrell Building Company putting up large new residences.