Michael Luppino

Get the skinny on Sag Harbor.

Setting: Sag Harbor lies roughly in the middle of LongIsland's South Fork. It's a 90-minute drive from Manhattan.

Attractions: The town offers deepwater access for boaters, acharming town center with exceptional dining and shopping, andgreat schools. There's a thriving arts scene and annual culturalevents such as Harborfest in September.

Drawbacks: High cost of living. Traffic and limited parkingin the town center. Sedentary job market―newcomers must adaptor bring their professions with them.

Housing: The town features old Victorian homes, Cape Codcottages, Colonials, and grand Greek Revival houses. "The leastexpensive house here sells for around $600,000," says real estateagent Bill Collins. "And that's a fixer-upper." A three- orfour-bedroom home on an acre of land runs $2 million to $3 million.Historic homes in the town's center cost between $1.5 million and$5 million.

Your next-door neighbors: Film director Mike Nichols (Angels in America, The Graduate), retirees, restaurateurs, artists, CEOs.

How you'd spend your free time: Dining at the American Hotelor Magnolia, viewing superbly staged plays at Bay Street Theatre,eating homemade ice cream from Big Olafs, visiting nearby wineries,grabbing a beer at Corner Bar, enjoying phenomenal sailing,clamming, and fishing. "It's a quaint, small town with a lot ofthings happening," says Tim Kofahl. "You can do as much or aslittle as you want."

(published November 2006)

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