It’s Free to Look Hamptons: 186 Crescent Avenue, Water Mill

  • The “height of sophistication” has arrived on the market in the Hamptons. And it comes with sparkles.

  • The "height of sophistication" has arrived on the Hamptons market. And it comes with sparkles.

    This four-bedroom estate on 2.6 acres can offer "a truly breathtaking experience," says the Corcoran listing. We assume that refers primarily to the experience of spending $40 million.

    Not to knock the property. It boasts not only "sweeping views" of Mecox Bay but also, for glamorous aquatic adventure, a "sparkling pool." You can get "formal" in the living room, "casual" in the sunroom and "formal" all over again in the dining room. And because "sophistication" means old things, "beautiful antiques decorate the entire house."

    Outdoor sport opportunities include not tennis but paddle tennis, which we assume must be a daintier and more highbrow pastime. — William Alden