It’s Free to Look Hamptons: 329 Mecox Road, Water Mill

Water, it's been said, is essential for life. It's also essential for luxury. On this Water Mill (coincidence?) property, you can wade, bathe, swim, float, dive, dunk and drink away the summer.

"This elegant estate will take your breath away," says the Saunders listing, which is only true if you haven't had swimming lessons. For $12.5 million, 329 Mecox Road lets you host about five pool parties at once, each in total isolation. There's enough water on this property to rival Mecox Bay itself, but it's no fun to swim in water you don't own.

Consider the aquatics. First there's your bread-and-butter gunite pool, a Hamptons staple. Then there's the 80-foot-long reflecting pool, a dead ringer for the pool in front of the Washington Monument. Keeping that pool company are three fountains. For your guests, there's an additional pool with a "pool house and party pavilion." For the guests of your guests, there's a second gunite pool with a tented pergola. And, of course, for the less extravagant, there are quite a few bathrooms, 12 of which have bathtubs. — William Alden

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Water, it’s been said, is essential for life. It’s also essential for luxury. On this Water Mill (coincidence?) property, you can wade, bathe, swim, float, dive, dunk and drink away the summer.

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