Between roaches and painted-over crown molding and hoarder neighbors and lost security deposits, does renting in the city get you down? This Renters Week, why not consider a change of pace, to the outer outer boroughs where you can rent by the week and leave a mess for the maid to clean up. We picked ten on-the-market vacation rentals within a two hour's drive of New York City (more or less) for your escapist pleasure. Sally forth!
1. East Hampton, NY
3BR, 2.5BA Modernist house on very secluded acre. High ceilings, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and a wraparound deck looking out over a 50-foot pool make this the perfect indoor/outdoor home. ?In the winter, fall and spring months, you'll find a cozy getaway. The Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner House is just down the road in a quaint area of the Springs.
Price: Nov-April $2,500/week, holidays from $3,500-$5,000.
2.) Water Mill, NY
A 10BR, 16.5BA (!) pile o' mansion in tony Water Mill with oodles of extras: heated beach-entry gunite pool, year-round heated spa, stone patios with "misting" system, a pool house, outdoor kitchen, al fresco bathroom, USTA regulation tennis court, basketball court, billiard room, massage room, seven elevators, and a private bar with dance floor, and automatic entry into the Hearst family. Kidding!
Price: So expensive it's not even listed. But think what you'll save on bar tabs.
3. Montauk, NY
4BR, 3BA Modernist home by MB Architects is situated between quaint views of Lake Montauk and Montauk Harbor. Cozy up to one of two fireplaces or take a dip in the infinity-edge pool. Don't forget the "esthetically pleasing curved wall"! Fun fact: It's also got one of the first green roofs in Montauk.
Price: Between $5,500-$8,000 per week.
4.) Long Beach, NJ
The 3,200-square-foot 7BR oceanfront cottage sleeps 16 people and is located in a pretty darn cute section of the Jersey Shore. This a group destination rental masquerading as a classic Victorian: check out the two family rooms, wet bar, arcade room, outdoor shower and large patio with gas grill.
Price: $5,000-$6,500 in the off season.
5. Westport, CT
A 4BR, 5.5BA Colonial country getaway on Long Island Sound where each room is "inspired by famous designers." It sits atop hill on a private acre with boat dock and renters can hire a private chef or boat captain. Just 60 minutes from the city, it's ideal as a family reunion spot or corporate retreat.
Price: Through December 31, $600-900/night; $3500/week.
6. New Haven, CT
In case you find yourself in town for Yale graduation, or feel like playing master of an estate, this 6BR, 4.5BA house has an impeccable pedigree, dahling. the historic property has only been owned by three families since 1834. It's a close walk to charming downtown Branford (ice cream shop, antique stores and boutiques) that looks like a Norman Rockwell painting. A seven-mile drive will also get you in prime New Haven pizza-scarfing territory.
Price: $650 per night or $3,500 a week.
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7. Cold Spring, NY
Surround yourself with pine and cedar in this cute, cozy, 2BR cabin near nice-sounding places called Pinecrest Lake and Dodge Ridge. Cabin amenities include two decks with barbecues, a woodburning stove, hot tub, and a horseshoe pit.
Price: $125/night or $750/week.
8. Rhinebeck, NY
A renovated 1860 railroad station on 3 acres along Wappingers Creek with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, plus an extra 1BR guest cottage. The original train station has 12-foot ceilings, a period mantlepiece over the working fireplace, and hardwood floors, plus a creek-facing screened-in porch. Yet another outbuilding is a converted warehouse with a bunkroom. Bring your own cult!
Price: $1,000 - $1,700? per week and upwards of $2,500 per month.
9. Ossining, NY
A private-resort-like estate set in the 834-acre Teatown Lake Reservation in Westchester, this one might be too good to be true: "in-ground heated pool, poolhouse with changing rooms, har-tru tennis court and fully-stocked pond with canoe, a new state-of-the-art kitchen... offering a mix of modern conveniences and a rare sense of tranquility." Alas, the one commenter claims no one ever got back to her about renting it, so: Craigslist isn't the only questionable rental source around.
Price: $225-$250 per night.
10. Bellport, LI
A two hundred-year-old, timber frame barn with stained glass windows, fully converted, in Bellport, a low-key beach town before you hit the madness of the Hamptons. It's got 3 bedrooms but plenty of extra space to sleep up to 12. The Fire Island ferry is ten minutes away, and did we mention: it's a barn?
Price: September-April $1900/week or $6,000/month.
--Reporting by William Weber
· Renters Week 2011 coverage [Curbed]