How Do Hamptons Neighbors Feel About Bravo’s ‘Summer House?’

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Usually, movie or television show filming can bring much-needed revenue and notoriety to a city. However, filming the show Summer House hasn’t been much of a gift for the Hamptons in New York.

The Hamptons are often the site of endless summertime parties and gatherings. The area is also a playground for the rich and famous. A number of Bravolebrities have homes in the area, ranging from Real Housewives to Andy Cohen. As featured on Summer House, a number of upscale Manhattanites journey to the Long Island town every weekend to get away from the heat and intensity of the city.

While the Hamptons plays host to a number of high profile individuals and lavish parties, neighbors aren’t so keen to have the show Summer House play out in their backyard. Production was denied a permit to film in the original location of East Hampton, New York Magazine reports.

Residents braced themselves from the beginning

When Montauk residents learned Bravo would film in their town, they were cool to the idea. “It’s not very popular in this town,” a resident told The New York Times. “This has become a town associated with coming to party. The show amplifies that. That’s not the real town.”

Residents don’t love the image of the Hamptons being a party town and the show only makes it worse. “I thought it was about bad behavior,” another resident told The New York Times, “And I don’t want to encourage that.” Plus the town and residents were concerned about increased traffic and congestion the show would bring too.

The home is somewhat secluded

The only saving grace is the current home in Water Mill is situated inside about 5.2 acres of land, according to Curbed Hamptons. Water Mill is one of the only places that allow for filming.

The 6,500 home is north of the highway on Deerfield Road. The house boasts eight bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms. It also includes a massive chef’s kitchen and three balconies upstairs overlooking the sprawling pool.

Homebuyers weren’t notified

Knowing the house adjacent was the infamous “summer house,” sellers did not disclose that cameras and filming were possible to homebuyers. “Not one of the buyers was advised before closing that their multimillion-dollar retreat is next door to where a trashy reality TV show is being filmed,” a resident disclosed to Page Six.

At least three families purchased homes near the party house over the last 12 months. These families also included children and grandchildren. “They are not happy,” the source said about the new homeowners. “Apparently, [one family] watched the show and are now worried that their 3-year-old grandchild will be watching people having sex in the woods.”

Filming may derail any plans for summertime relaxation for families too. The permit allows filming to run from June 22 through Labor Day, according to Page Six. This could mean 35 people will be on the property during the day, for up to 12 hours per day. “All filming will take place within the house and property of the house,” according to the permit.

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