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About The Hamptons Best Blog


The Hamptons Best is an online destination for news about housing, real estate, and life in the Hamptons. We aim to document the best of life in the Hamptons, from hot design trends and the best in contemporary art on the East End to the choicest farm stand, or how to make beach plum jam.

The is a collaborative effort of contributing authors and sources, with primary input from members of The Hamptons Best Team at Compass in East Hampton. We work together as a real estate team, representing fine properties for rent and sale in the Hamptons, but each of us brings transplanted life experience and expertise to the place we’ve come to call home. A tennis pro, a painter, a photographer, and a builder – all our incarnations help inform what we do for our clients, and also shape the content we share with our readers here.


RC Atlee | Editor

Bill Williams | Publisher

Ursula McNamara | Contributing Photographer

Larry Zimmerman | Contributor

Learn more about us by clicking on our bios below.

RC Atlee, Editor

RC Atlee specializes in innovative marketing for unique homes, and enjoys working with buyers and sellers of fine properties in all price ranges.

RC began selling luxury properties in 2007 after graduating from Princeton School of Real Estate. He was drawn to the natural beauty and exquisite homes of the Hamptons, which he calls a personal “blue zone,” and considers real estate in the region a form of fine art dealing. He joined Compass with fellow Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. veteran Bill Williams, as a member of the Bill Williams Team. A native of Philadelphia, RC is passionate about visual and performing arts, and stewardship, conservation, and practical preservation.

He authored a 100-year architectural retrospective in 2010, and also maintains a blog. He enjoys working with clients locally and remotely, and is glad to represent buyers in the global Hamptons community.

Bill Williams, Publisher

Bill Williams is truly dedicated to providing exceptional, professional and comprehensive real estate services to his valued clients. As a specialist in Residential, Luxury, Oceanfront, Estate, Investment and Rental Properties, his love for the intracoastal and coastal lifestyle from Southampton to Montauk is very present as he caringly serves his client’s specific real estate goals.

With over $400 Million in sales, when helping a client to find their dream home, special waterfront setting or sell their distinct residence, Bill and his focused team take every measure to ensure that all of their clients’ personal real estate goals are achieved. Bill excels at educating and creating value for his clients and offers a more complete perspective and in-depth assessment of the regional trends. Whether it’s establishing a marketing plan, showings for a property, staging a listing to making it shine or a review of the technical points of the transaction, he brings all the elements come together with a positive result. He knows the technical and regulatory elements and is highly diligent in protecting his clients by bringing light to the critical issues that may impact their real estate investment. When consulting with Bill, you always receive current real estate market knowledge from a professional.

Bill’s clients trust in his integrity, valued counsel and highly personal and diligent approach. Through his thorough, competent and experienced representation he delivers impressive results. Diligent in representing his client’s best interest, he is extremely attentive in providing constant communication about the important details of the transaction and is always accessible and responds promptly to his clients. Bill is truly a highly dedicated professional who ultimately ensures that his clients receive an exceptional real estate experience.

Ursula McNamara, Contributing Photographer

Ursula McNamara is a real estate professional with a background in the creative world, a passion for life on the East End, and experience in home renovation. She joined the Bill Williams Team at Compass, where she helps homeowners, buyers and sellers through the exciting and nuanced transaction process.

A native of Manchester, England, Ursula lived in Paris before coming to New York in 1996 to pursue photography and photographic printing. She was a co-founder of The Small Dark Room in Manhattan, where her business focused on cultivating and serving clients in advertising, fine art, and editorial photography.

After purchasing and renovating a home in East Hampton, and summering out East for seven years, she relocated her family to the Hamptons full time. With the sale of her business, Ursula fully embraced the local lifestyle and decided to pursue her interest and passion for real estate. Today, she enjoys working with a wide array of clients, especially first-time buyers from the city and ex-pats like herself with whom she can share her love and knowledge of the region.

Larry Zimmerman, Contributing Author

Larry Zimmerman has a lifetime of experience in the business of housing, construction, and real estate. He received a BS in Real Estate from Syracuse University and obtained his real estate license at 19, and then spent five years in Lake Tahoe designing and building custom homes before joining the family construction business in New York in 1981.

After building and renovating high end offices, retail stores and apartments in New York City and throughout the country, Larry moved his young family to the Hamptons seeking a quieter lifestyle. Here, he has spent the last 30 years building and renovating high end custom homes from Montauk to the Shinnecock Canal. He has lived in Bridgehampton, Southampton, Amagansett and finally in East Hampton.

Larry is committed to the Compass mission; to help everyone find their place in the world. He is always happy to work with newcomers to the area, sharing his love of the East End. Bringing his passion for the housing industry, he adds tremendous insight to our team. After over 40 years of designing, building and renovating homes, Larry has cultivated an expertise in home construction that far exceeds most realtors.


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