RECENTLY IT DAWNED ON ME that the way to live or spend time here on the East End of Long Island for (relatively) cheap is to rent year-round. For $2,500/month, less than many a New York City apartment, you can have a 4BR 2 bath Colonial cutie on a lot full of mature trees in Southampton village.
Rentals out here are even cheaper if you take them for fall, winter, and spring only, leaving the two high-season months for the landlord to maximize his/her annual income. Houses that command $5-6,000 or more per month in July and August are more like $1,500-$2,000/month in the off-season, plus utilities.
The pluses are many: no crowds, no traffic, still gorgeous weather in spring and fall. Many people say they love winter out here for its tranquil beauty. If there’s a fireplace, so much the better.
Just a thought.