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‘Summer House’ reality show was good neighbor in Water Mill

The filming of Bravo's reality show

The filming of Bravo's reality show "Summer House" created little drama for Southampton Town residents this summer, despite initial concerns that it would boost noise and ensnarl traffic. Credit: Bravo / Virginia Sherwood

The filming of Bravo’s reality show “Summer House” created little drama for Southampton Town residents this summer, despite initial concerns that it would boost noise and ensnarl traffic.

Town police and code enforcement officials said they received no calls or complaints about the filming of the show’s second season in Water Mill from June 21 through Sept. 6.

The production company, Truly Original, spent $20,250 to obtain a Southampton Town permit to film the show — about nine wealthy New Yorkers sharing a house — at 1451 Deerfield Rd.

Neighbors said filming was so quiet they could not tell they lived near a film shoot.

“I never even gave it a thought, never even knew it was going on,” neighbor Bill Pagano said, noting he had initially been “fearful about noise and cars and onlookers.”

The show’s first season in 2016 was filmed last summer in East Hampton Town. Producers tried to return for a second season and film at 90 Napeague Harbor Rd., but East Hampton Town officials denied them a permit in part because some businesses did not allow filming on their properties, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce requested the show remove references to Montauk and residents complained about filming in interviews.

The problems prompted officials there and in Southampton Town to require commercial productions to obtain permits to film on private property.

A representative for Bravo did not immediately return a request for comment Monday, and a representative of Truly Original said the company does not provide statements to the media.

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