Sagaponack, New York

Coordinates: 40°56′31″N 72°16′52″W / 40.94194°N 72.28111°W / 40.94194; -72.28111
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Sagaponack, New York
Incorporated Village of Sagaponack
Sagaponack Village Hall, located at 3175 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack.
Sagaponack Village Hall, located at 3175 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack.
U.S. Census map of Sagaponack.
U.S. Census map of Sagaponack.
Sagaponack, New York is located in Long Island
Sagaponack, New York
Sagaponack, New York
Location on Long Island
Sagaponack, New York is located in New York
Sagaponack, New York
Sagaponack, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°56′31″N 72°16′52″W / 40.94194°N 72.28111°W / 40.94194; -72.28111
Country United States
State New York
First settled1653
 • MayorWilliam F. Tillotson
 • Deputy MayorLisa Duryea Thayer
 • Total4.65 sq mi (12.05 km2)
 • Land4.41 sq mi (11.42 km2)
 • Water0.24 sq mi (0.63 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total770
 • Density174.60/sq mi (67.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes631, 934
FIPS code36-64452
GNIS feature ID0963225

Sagaponack /sæɡəˈpɒnək/ is a village in the Town of Southampton in Suffolk County, on the East End of Long Island, in New York, United States.[2] The population of the village was 770 at the 2020 census.


The area was first settled around 1653.[3] The village was incorporated on September 2, 2005, in the wake of the failed attempt by Dunehampton, New York to incorporate.[4][5][6] Dunehampton's incorporation would have blocked Sagaponack from beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.[5] The villages are seeking to address various beach issues including erosion arising from groynes at Georgica Pond in East Hampton village.

Prior to its incorporation, Sagaponack was a census-designated place, with a population of 582 at the time of the 2000 census, and an area 70% greater than that of the current village.[7][8]

The name Sagaponack comes from the Shinnecock Nation's word for "land of the big ground nuts", in reference to the Ground Nut (Apios americana). A common misconception is that the name referred to potatoes, the predominant crop grown by farmers who first settled the area. Many of the huge estates in the village were built on former potato fields. Its first settler was Josiah Stanborough[9] in 1656. The village was originally called Sagg.[10]

Sag Harbor, just north of Sagaponack, is believed to have derived its name from the village.[10] West of Sagaponack is a place that the Native Americans called Mecox, now a hamlet on the west side of Sagaponack Lake in the CDP of Bridgehampton.[10]

In July 2015, according to Business Insider, the 11962 ZIP Code encompassing Sagaponack was listed as the most expensive in the U.S., with a median home sale price of $5,125,000,[11] rising to $8,500,000 in the end of the year.[12]

The village was home to many writers and literary business persons beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, appreciated for its quiet and cheap community living.[13]


According to the United States Census Bureau, Sagaponack village has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.1 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11.4 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 5.15%, is water.

At the 2000 census, the former, unincorporated Sagaponack CDP had a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km2), of which 6.2 square miles (16 km2) was land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), or 22.35%, was water.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the census of 2000, there were 582 people, 249 households, and 162 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 93.6 inhabitants per square mile (36.1/km2). There were 734 housing units at an average density of 118.0 per square mile (45.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.78% White, 2.58% African American, 2.58% Asian, 1.55% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.44% of the population.[7]

There were 249 households, out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. Of all households 27.7% were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.86.[7]

In the CDP the population was spread out, with 19.4% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 33.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.[7]

The median income for a household in the CDP was $54,048, and the median income for a family was $78,707. Males had a median income of $43,750 versus $27,321 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $44,474. About 1.9% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.[7]


As of September 2022, the Mayor of Sagaponack is William F. Tillotson, the Deputy Mayor is Lisa Duryea Thayer, and the Village Trustees are William Barbour, Marilyn Clark, and Carrie Thayer Crowley.[15]

Real estate[edit]

Sagaponack is generally considered to be the most expensive neighborhood in the Hamptons, as well as in the United States as a whole, generally ranking in the top spot on all major surveys.[16] The Sagaponack ZIP Code (11962) was listed as the most expensive in the United States in 2009, and several years thereafter including again in 2018; the median home sale price was $4,421,458, according to and $8.5 million according to PropertyShark. Nearby Water Mill (11976) was listed sixth with $2,238,676, and Bridgehampton (11932) was listed eighth with $2,081,717.[17]

In 2015 and through to 2018, according to Business Insider, Sagaponack's 11962 ZIP Code was listed as the most expensive in the U.S., this time by real estate-listings site Property Shark, with a median home sale price of $5,125,000 in 2015 rising to $8.5 million in 2018, with the most expensive homes and recent sales being in and around Daniels Lane, generally considered Sagaponack’s priciest address and where Ira Rennert has the largest home in America, and side streets off of Daniels including Fairfield Pond Lane.[18]

Statements opposing Ira L. Rennert's construction plans were given at the August 27, 1998 Board of Zoning Appeals hearing by Kurt Vonnegut and Andre Gregory, appalled at the board's acceptance of the 29-bedroom establishment as a "single-family house".[19]

Many homes around the lanes in Sagaponack have become well-featured and instantly recognisable landmarks that define the vistas and landscape of the Hamptons. Notable iconic sights include the Sagg Store on Sagg Main Street, farm and modern houses along Daniels Lane, and Ira Rennert's home, Fairfield.

The Elizabeth Reese House designed by Andrew Geller is historically significant in architecture.


Sagaponack is located primarily within the Sagaponack Common School District, which consists of one school: the Sagaponack School.[20][21] one of the last remaining active one-room schoolhouses in New York State.[21] The building, known locally as the "Little Red School House," educates children from kindergarten through third grade.[21]

After finishing 3rd grade, students attend either schools in the Bridgehampton, the East Hampton, or the Sag Harbor school districts for the remainder of their K-12 education.[20]

Small portions of the village are also located within the boundaries of the Bridgehampton and Wainscott school districts.[20]

Notable people[edit]

The village is also well known as the summer residence of several current and former Goldman Sachs bankers and private equity professionals.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Suffolk County Tax Map Range". Town of Southampton. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2013. Village of North Haven, Village of Quogue, Village of Southampton, Village of W. Hampton Beach, Village of Sag Harbor, Village of W. Hampton Dunes, Village of Sagaponack, Southampton Town
  3. ^ "Sagaponack Village » History". Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Sampson, Christine. "Exploring Incorporation, Wainscott Hears from Sagaponack". Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Long Island villages recently incorporated". Newsday. January 30, 2010. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Bridgehampton Residents Consider Incorporation". The Sag Harbor Express. October 28, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ Murphy, Rick (November 29, 1998). "Sagaponack Seeks Its Independence". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  9. ^ "Josiah Stanborough, Sr". Geni. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c "Sagaponack View". Archived from the original on September 7, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2007.
  11. ^ "The 20 most expensive ZIP codes in America". Business Insider.
  12. ^ Raisa Bruner (March 7, 2016). "The 25 most expensive ZIP codes in America". Business Insider. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Hamptons of Writers Past: When Capote, Vonnegut, and Plimpton Ruled Sagaponack". Vanity Fair. July 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Sagaponack Village » Trustees/Planning". Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  16. ^ "The 10 most expensive ZIP codes in America". The Real Deal New York. July 4, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Most Expensive U.S. Small Town: Sagaponack, N.Y. - BusinessWeek". Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  18. ^ "The 20 most expensive ZIP codes in America". Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 22, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ a b c "Long Island Index: Interactive Map". Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  21. ^ a b c "Sagaponack School – The Little Red School House | Bridgehampton". Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  22. ^ Charles Addams
  23. ^ a b c "They're rich & powerless". New York Post. September 2, 2011.
  24. ^ Gould, Jennifer (May 19, 2015). "P.R. maven Susan Blond rents out her Sagaponack beach home | New York Post". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  25. ^ "Sydney Butchkes Obituary (2015), New York, NY". The New York Times. August 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2023.
  26. ^ "Billy Joel relists home he's been trying to sell for the longest time".
  27. ^ David, Mark (July 24, 2013). "L.A. Reid Lists Hamptons Estate". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  28. ^ "Rennert redux". New York.
  29. ^ "Axel Stawski". Retrieved April 30, 2017.

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