Editor's note: Welcome to It's Free to Look Hamptons, a summer complement to our daily It's Free to Look for New York City apartments on the market.
If weekends at the Hamptons were once designed for rest and relaxation, those days are over. This 31,000-square-foot mansion on 11.5 acres in Bridgehampton South is all about activities. Aquatic, hydraulic, virtual and interactive, the "sandcastle" estate is a $49.5 million cure for idle hands.
The first story seems mellow enough, featuring walnut floors, a double living room and a walk-in refrigerator, which can comfortably serve as a shelter from the August heat. But there's also a theater whose 10 thrill-packed seats are "interactive," according to the Brown Harris Stevens listing. And after a quick visit to the downstairs Air Lounge, with its highly aerobic amenities, the walk-in fridge might become an all-weather companion.
The Air Lounge and its environs contain: a disco, a rock climbing wall, squash and racket ball courts, a two-lane bowling alley, a skateboard half pipe, a sunken tennis court and a garage with a hydraulic lift. There's also a media room and a "virtual golf" facility, so you can practice simulated sports if you tire of real ones. With its five plasma televisions mounted on one wall, the media room embodies the latest in Best Buy chic.
Fortunately, the mansion has everything, so of course there's also an extensive cool-down complex, with a Jacuzzi, sauna, massage room and a heated pool with an underwater stereo. All that pumping up and chilling out will have residents fleeing, come Sunday, for a restful week in the city. — William Alden
If weekends at the Hamptons were once designed for rest and relaxation, those days are over.