Hamptons, upstate, NJ, more Hamptons... I'm glad there's no summer school, seeing all the kids in their fabulously large homes via zoom was getting old as we sat stacked on each other in our tiny Manhattan apartment. I don't think my kid was aware of wealth disparity until this happened. Oh well.
How can you tell from a Zoom call how large someone's house is?
Right? Wouldn't your child be sitting at a desk without moving around?
@a nonymous Because a lot of the kids would be sitting in their living rooms. No one was at a desk in a bedroom, but this was at a private preschool
This is such a cliche. No, not 'everyone' is at a summer house. Not everyone wants a summer house. We are happy here.
We are stuck in our 2-bedroom apartment with no outdoor space, and most of our friends are away at their huge vacation houses in the Berkshires or Litchfield, Ct, or the Cape. Yet they all complain about how bored and isolated they are. Seems no one is happy these days.
These seem like very far away locations for weekend houses ...the Cape and the Berkshires ? Far, no ?
Yes, I agree. One family we know bought a vacation house in Welfleet, all the way on the end of the Cape. It's a 5-6 hour drive from the city if you go in the middle of the night without traffic and speed. But they love it there and it's worth it to them. The Berkshires you can do in under 3 hours.
@BrooklynMom, that's funny. Everyone I know has been complaining about how hard it is to be stuck with their families in their"small" country homes. All of which are bigger than our NYC apartment.
Meanwhile, their enormous Manhattan apartments sit empty. I wish I had the courage to ask if we could move into one of them!
we’re here sweating with you
Not "everyone". Unemployed and here in NYC.
We are at our home near Westhampton. No complaints about it. Most of my kids’ friends are either in NYC or far away (living With grandparents out of state)
Vineyard summer owner here: it's boring AF this year. There are no events. Most of our social and fun summer traditions canceled. Even the casual and cocktail nights with neighbor visits are fraught. And while there is space for living and lots of places to hike, swim, relax, there is still this thing hanging in the air. Grateful to have the house but it's not like we are bubbled out of what's happening emotionally or psychically
Lots of families in the Hamptons and CT at their 2nd homes. Oddly, some of the mom's that I know that are having the most trouble dealing with the whole pandemic are the richest. They might have much larger spaces then me, but they are used to having at least one (and in many cases two) nannies to watch their kids day and night. My husband and I maybe hire a sitter 4x a year and try to go out if family visits. I have a little more experience being stuck at home with kids.
Not many of their close friends have houses. 1 upstate, 1 in Maine, 1 in Hamptons.
We have been in a small NYC apartment the entire time. However, we are heading out of town for 2 weeks so I'm looking forward to it. I have to agree with a poster above. It was interesting during school on zoom when we saw a lot of other kids at their second homes and bragging about it. I don't think my kid seem to care which is nice.
Terrible manners to brag about it...
We have a beach house with a swimming pool (definitely not a mansion), and I made sure that my children always did their Zoom meetings in their bedrooms or facing a wall. Never our yard/windows with greenery/pool. My kids are socially aware and sensitive and know to never brag or even mention the Hamptons, the beach, the pool etc.
We’re in Maine.