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Hamptons Pool Craze Has Posh Owners Waiting Until 2023 for a Dip

Pool problems out East.

Construction of pools such as the one on Sayres Path in Wainscott are backlogged in the Hamptons.

Construction of pools such as the one on Sayres Path in Wainscott are backlogged in the Hamptons.

Photographer: Matthew Carbone

In March 2020, when the onset of the coronavirus pandemic shut down most parts of the country, Greg Darvin wasn’t sure when his East Hampton, N.Y.-based company, Pristine Pools, would find their next project: “I said, ‘Who is ever gonna build a luxury pool in the Hamptons again?’”

More than two years later, the question is still relevant, but for different reasons. Demand for Hamptons property and local services has skyrocketed—there were 671 homes for sale in the area at the end of March, the fewest on record in the 17 years that appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. and brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate have been tracking the data.