With East Hampton Town recently banning the ride-booking service Uber, requiring drivers to have physical addresses in town, local real estate agents are playing up the value of properties within walking distance of the village.
Corcoran Group broker Evan Kulman has been marketing a four-bedroom, shingle-style traditional down the block from the East Hampton Long Island Rail Road station. It's for sale for $2.395 million.
"I've been showing that all week long and using that [the Uber ban] as part of my broker spiel, and everybody chuckles," Kulman says.
While it's fairly likely that someone who can afford a $2 million home has a car at their disposal, Kulman says convenience to the village, with its restaurants and the Jitney stop, has always been prized.
"It's more the ease of not having to worry about going out and driving home if somebody has a cocktail," Kulman says. "They also like the convenience for their guests, because not all their guests come out with cars."
James Caldarone Jr. and Curtis Eaves of Saunders & Associates are co-listing a small, modern East Hampton two-bedroom house for $1.199 million that's less than a 10-minute walk to Nick & Toni's. Caldarone says he had another East Hampton listing for just under $7 million that recently went into contract and the proximity to East Hampton Village was a big selling point.
"The village location is definitely a plus," Caldarone says.