Log In   ·   Become A Member

Trading Hamptons Mansions For Mobile Homes

Andrew Nachemson

  |   1 Comment · Print Article

Far from your stereotypical trailer park, Montauk Shores is classified as a resort by the Town of East Hampton (Photo: Facebook)

The New York Post recently reported on a seemingly shocking trend taking place in the Hamptons. In their article, they revealed that multiple families from East Hampton to Montauk have rented out their homes for the summer - and moved into trailers.

Thanks to a collection of partially truthful, but somewhat misguided stereotypes, people have a hard time imagining supposedly high-maintenance Hamptonites willing to downgrade from luxurious homes, in some cases worth as much as $1.2 million, to modest studio apartment-sized trailers. These relocations often last for as little as two months, and the owners can reap a $30,000 to $60,000 profit for the location change, essentially being paid exorbitant amounts simply to live less luxuriously.

It seems that the only thing that could drive the Hampton elite out of their uber-expensive houses is the promise of more money, and although some of these renters are motivated to sacrifice comfort purely for cash profit, others are participating in this seasonal downgrade for more relatable reasons. According to the Post article, Hamptons real estate agent Danielle Becker-Wilson acknowledged her family plans to use the extra money to increase the value of their house, and an anonymous, retired firefighter claimed he plans to use his new windfall to put his daughters through college.

The notion that people in the Hamptons living more humbly is newsworthy might come across as vaguely insulting, until the article mentions the actual quality of the trailers in question. Becker-Wilson was quoted in the Post, referring to the practice as "glamping," or "glamour-camping," which incidentally, is exactly what it is. These trailers are certainly no million-dollar mansions, but they're not quite comparable to the rundown, aluminum stock-image mobile home that's called to mind.

The article also notes that Becker-Wilson's trailer is valued at $700,000 and the community where it's parked is hardly rugged. Featuring two swimming pools and 900 feet of coastline waterfront, Montauk Shores is actually a popular destination for many seasonal renters from out of town. Far from your stereotypical trailer park, paved roads, a community clubhouse, and a gated entrance all justify its characterization as a resort by the Town of East Hampton. This housing swap is most definitely a profound adjustment of living standards for some Hamptons residents, but it is far from the sensationalized story of rich, elite socialites spending the summer in poverty that people seemed to be hoping for.




Related Articles:

Guest (P.ungar) from Larchmont,ny says::
It appears to me if you can rent your home to pay the taxes why not. I tried to buy years ago and missed out.i go to a hotel weekends but would have loved to own my apt all these years. The sun is the same in this lovely place as their home .
Aug 14, 2013 8:45 pm

 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
í
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2003.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1824.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1979.gif
Gary R. DePersia, Corcoran Real Estate
With over $2 billion in transactions, Gary DePersia is consistently ranked among the top producers in the Hamptons. A year-on-year member of The Corcoran Group Presidentís Council, he has qualified as a national list maker since 2007. In the 2016 REAL Trends & The Wall Street Journal list of Americaís top real estate professionals, he was designated #22 nationally and #5 in the Hamptons by volume with nearly $200 million of transactions for the past year.

East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Bridgehampton National Bank
For over 100 years Bridgehampton National Bank has been the East End's hometown bank. Many success stories...one bank, BNB!

Advertise on Hamptons.com - Have your business be seen by over 2 million viewers including NEW searches
Hamptons.com- Our exclusive online magazine has 2.6 million Page Views YTD for 2015. Contact us to join our elite group of clients that benefit from having a presence on the Hamptons award winning publication www.Hamptons.com

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers ó and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Despatch of Southampton
Despatch of Southampton has been moving homes locally on the East End for decades. We operate a well-maintained fleet of vehicles that can accommodate any size move. On a day to day basis we service moves from and to New York City.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.
We exhibit representational artists from around the world, who produce fine art of exceptional quality that challenge collectors to contemplate concepts about the artist, themselves, and our human experience. Utilizing timeless techniques in creating their drawings, paintings and sculptures, our artists have developed unique, signature styles that present a current vision of our world.

Hampton Luxury Liner
Hampton Luxury Liner was started in 2000 as a more luxurious way to travel from NYC to the Hamptons and back. The clientele quickly grew and over the years Hampton Luxury liner became the preferred method of transportation to the Hamptons and NYC for many living in NYC and the Hamptons that wanted a comfortable and affordable way to travel back and forth. In 2009, HLL was taken over by Classic Coach and things with the liner didnít change to much for years and the owner there changed the buses to Prevost as opposed to Mercedes Setra Top Class Coaches that have always been a signature of the liner. Please call (631) 537-5800 to reserve a charter or email us at Hampton Luxury Liner. The Only Way to Ride!