On our walk earlier this week we went up Egypt Lane, down Fithian, up Cross Highway, and back down Middle Lane to Egypt to head home. It was a nice long walk and we got to see some of the most beautiful lawns and homes in the village. As I've said before, walking gives you a whole new perspective on things and we see lovely views that are totally missed when driving by in a car.
Some of the homes have clearly been there for many decades, as evident in the beautiful, mature landscaping and old, elegant farmhouse-style architecture. They are as lovely and gracious as they were when they were built, no doubt seeing much updating and renovating over the years inside. Others are newer and more "grand" as seems to be the thing now, owners somehow needing to make some sort of statement about their wealth and grandeur. All of them are wonderful, but of course I prefer the older, less ostentatious ones. They're no smaller in size, but less ornamental, with fewer flourishes and accoutrement's. I find them more stately, but that's me!
The lawns and gardens are really the most amazing parts of these properties. Clearly some people bought multiple lots and merged them, as seen in the numbers on the mailboxes, and they have oceans of green lawn dotted with beautiful landscaping and outbuildings. Most have pools and many have garage apartments for domestic help or caretakers. All in all a lovely way to live!
I don't find myself being overly envious, although I would love the money necessary to never have to see peeling paint on windows or doors, or worn shingles that need replacing. And no doubt if anyone lives in a house that grand, they can afford hired help for the cleaning and lawn care - that would be nice! But other than that, I'm happy with my own house and yard. But oh, how the other half lives! And how lucky are we that here in East Hampton they're not normally behind locked gates and high walls, but we can enjoy their beautiful properties simply by taking a nice long walk.