Real Estate Roundtable: Most Requested Home Features for East End Summer Rentals

The big questions heading into summer rental season in the Hamptons and on the North Fork revolve around not only which fork to frolic upon or what village will be home for another glorious summer, but also what aspects of a prospective rental will top the must-have list for prospective occupants. Whether the rental is for a family or a group of single friends, when preparing for another season of fun in the sun, both little touches and amazing amenities come into play when making that final decision.  We put the question to our roundtable of East End real estate experts:

What features in a home are most requested by renters this year looking to summer on the East End?

“Hot tubs, easy access to water (both ocean and bay), or on the water for kayaking/kite boarding or just enjoying views and sunsets! ”—Maz Crotty, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Nest Seekers International

“For the 2014 summer rental season, and every season, a pool, outdoor shower and for sure an awesome kitchen!”—Sheri Winter Clarry, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Corcoran

“Most renters want a heated pool, tennis is a plus, easy access to the beach, large, open entertaining spaces both inside and out and flat-screen televisions throughout the home. For rentals at the higher end they want a finished basement with a fully equipped gym, wine cellar, family recreation room and a large-screen theater.”—Alan Schnurman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Saunders & Associates

“Our requests are usually always the same…98% want a pool, 40% want tennis and Dune Road renters want easy access. As always, they are here to make happy memories and have fun.”—Lynn November, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Douglas Elliman 

“It seems to be a repeating theme…location, location, location. Renters want to be close to the beaches and towns. Especially when it comes to Sag Harbor Village, homes are already rented since you have the combo of beach and town.”—John Christopher, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, LLC

“Outdoor space is a must. The reason city dwellers come to the East End is to enjoy the gardens, pools and beaches that pepper our landscape. A volleyball court, basketball court, tennis court or any other sporting field is a real bonus. Plus boating access can put a property over the edge to paradise. However, with fun comes injuries, and tenants who want to play better contact their insurance broker and maintain the appropriate tenant’s policies, coverage limits and umbrellas to insulate them from what very well can go wrong.”—Andrew Lieb, Esq., MPH, Lieb at Law, P.C.

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