The Real Deal New York

Goodbye, Hamptons. Hello, Berkshires. 

August 10, 2016 04:30PM

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Pining for peace, quiet and cheaper digs, more New Yorkers are opting out of summers in the Hamptons. Instead, they’re turning to the Berkshires in Massachusetts and Bucks County in Pennsylvania to buy second homes, the New York Post reported. These alternative destinations are not only less expensive, but also possibly more bucolic. They come with less traffic-choked commutes and restaurants that you can actually get into without calling weeks in advance. While prices are still lower in these spots than they are on the East End, values seem to be reflecting their increased popularity. Sales prices in the Berkshires, for example, jumped 17.2 percent in June compared to the same time a year earlier, according to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. [NYP] — Cathaleen Chen