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Welcome The Hamptons Holiday Season At The 2013 East Hampton House & Garden Tour

Nicole Barylski

Stop and relax in the Japanese-inspired gardens. (Courtesy Photo)

The East Hampton Historical Society is welcoming the holiday season with the 2013 House & Garden Tour, showcasing five unique Hamptons homes. Tour will take place on Saturday, November 30, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and houses on "A Ramble Along the Coast" themed tour have both historic and modern architecture. A kick-off Cocktail Party is being held on Friday, November 29.

Whether you prefer a historic East Hampton "cottage" with classic charm or like the clean lines of modern architecture, this year's tour includes something for everyone. "We believe it is the mix of architectural styles - from the turn of the century to today - that gives East Hampton its unique character and flavor," said Richard Barons, the Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society. "Our House Tour Committee has creatively selected five homes that uniquely express the spirit of living by the sea. Different yet complementary, these private homes invite the viewer to take a ramble along the coast to 'look inside' some of East Hampton's most alluring homes."

While the tour includes many noteworthy homes, by far the most unique is the seaside hexagonal house located in the Napeague dunes. Owned by interior designer David Netto, the Amagansett house has a series of interlocking hexagons, with stunning ocean views. Netto collaborated with the Meyer Davis Studio for the " '50s colonial - but sexy," inspired home.

The tour offers both both historic and modern architecture. (Courtesy Photo)

Another tour highlight is the Japanese-inspired gardens, complete with a koi pond, at a home nestled away near the Village of East Hampton. The owner's desire to live within the landscape is reflected in the indoor and outdoor pools as well as the areas in the main house that lead out to larger terraces, lawns, and intimate gardens.

When you stop by the charming barn-of-a-house, take in the scenic views of Georgica Pond, with ocean views beyond. The home contains actual timbers from Anne Boleyn's 500-year-old grain barn located in Kent, England.

It's all about the amenities at the gambrel style, two-story residence featuring traditional Shingle Style details, contemporary interiors and a state-of-the-art mechanical system. East End architect, Bruce Siska designed the newly renovated house, which has classic East Hampton "cottage" charm with an updated feel due to the modern amenities and eco-friendly technology, like a high efficiency geothermal HVAC system.

"A Ramble Along the Coast" themed tour has several stunning ocean views. (Courtesy Photo)

If you can't get enough oceanside properties, then you are in luck. A 19th-century house offers a roomy wraparound porch with glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. Attention to detail is obvious in every room, in another home owned by an interior designer. The house has special touches all throughout, like a full set of wicker furniture in its original condition from the 1920s that has been in the family for decades, having been moved from one of the Procter & Gamble mansions in Devon.

Tickets to the Opening Night Cocktail Party are $200 and include entry to the House Tour the following day. Tickets to the self-guided 2013 East Hampton House & Garden Tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day of the tour. All ticket proceeds benefit the East Hampton Historical Society and the exact locations of these houses will be revealed to ticketholders the weekend of the event.

Tickets are available at the East Hampton Historical Society office (101 Main Street), Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., online at www.easthamptonhistory.org, by calling 631-324-6850, or at the Clinton Academy (151 Main Street), on Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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