It’s always nice to dream about getting away. While it often seems the world is dreaming of getting away to the Hamptons, we sometimes (read Fall and Winter) like to dream about following our hearts (and clients and friends and… (ugg) tourists) back to the heart of the urban landscape. This Logan Circle townhouse in Washington, D.C. is a perfect election day fantasy…
Classic metropolitan architectural facade on a corner lot allows for plenty of breathing room, an uncommonly large plot for gardens, and a motorcourt alongside the house (we hear this is a big deal in D.C.).
We ushered in November with a Haloween ‘hangover’ here in our East Hampton office. Coworkers had decorated our offices in anticipation of the Trick or Treat brigade, and their efforts were rewarded with an onslaught of families – we ran out of candy at around 1,000 pieces! I came into the office on Thursday morning and it smelled like a barn – hay and pumpkins beginning to decay and reminding me that October is over and November is upon us. Gladly, the relatively warm weather has allowed our Open House entourage to proceed in good spirits – here are some of my top picks to watch for a buyer looking for a “classic shingle charmer” that’s got investment potential.
This cutie at 212 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton village is open today 3-5 and it’s worth a look-see. From the Broker:
This circa 1900’s property featured in the book, “Dream Decor,” by Will Bright, is peppered with maritime elements as a nod to the nearby ocean beaches, a short distance away. Just the perfect getaway.
Listed at $1,195,000 | See the Listing at Brown Harris Stevens
Sightly above budget, but look what you can have for under $3 million in Wainscott South… a similar aesthetic at 79 Sayre’s Path, Wainscott NY but accompanied with all the privacy and quiet you might desire and a straight shot down to Beach Lane and or your fancy friends in the Georgica Association. The broker says:
This lovely cottage is hidden behind a beautifully landscaped garden. The living room and dining room enjoy a large limestone fireplace and are completely surrounded by French doors giving access to the pool and surrounding gardens. The cottage was completely renovated in 2010. It’s a must see for those who enjoy cozy living.
Listed at $2,900,000 | See the Listing at Saunders
Artist Ken Miller in his East Hampton studio.
Artist Ken Miller’s work is representative – both of its subject matter and of the artist’s own experience and essence. From his studio in East Hampton, Miller creates pieces that are vibrant in color and filled with movement and life – much like the artist himself. A former model, he first came to the Hamptons as a summer houseguest in the ’80s, often staying with people in the fashion industry. Miller remembers “staying with the creative director of Grey Advertising, and the Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, also a house guest, made pizzas for us the Roman way, while telling us stories about what it was like to star with John Wayne in the 1962 film Hatari, and Kirk Douglas in the 1955 flick the Indian Fighter… I have to say Elsa’s pizzas were the best I ever had to date!”
In 1990, he purchased his own house in East Hampton, entertaining houseguests of his own. In 1993, Miller released a coffee-table book published by Rizzoli entitled The Hamptons: Long Island’s East End. “Its magic here, even on a cloudy day there is drama in our environment and such beauty and peace… but, when the sun comes out it just sparkles. There is nothing like it.” Happily, he and partner Kenneth Roberts Detelich now call Northwest Harbor home. “My studio is here, and it’s one of the happiest and creative spots I know. It’s my home.”
A Norman Jaffe designed home is back on the market with a price adjustment. 77 Cross Highway in East Hampton is back on the market, now priced at $6,995,000. Trendsetting design can maximize privacy and natural beauty, and 77 CrossHighway is proof. This Norman Jaffe-designed estate takes advantage of a beautiful setting in a prime location, offering dramatic spaces rich in architectural detail. The core of the home is a double-height entrance hall, which has views to the pool and tiered stone waterworks. Allow the eye to follow the open staircase up toward the skylit atrium above, for a play of air and light worthy of the great James Turrell or Dan Flavin. The entire house was refurbished in 2016, including all systems and fixtures. Formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, and reading nook, sunken living room with massive stone fireplace. Other amenities include Five bedrooms – each with ensuite bath and on its own dedicated level – allowing for an adaptable and autonomous use of space.
Norman Jaffe designed dozens of homes and other structures in the Hamptons, including the synagogue for The Jewish Center of the Hamptons. Miles Jaffe, the son of Norman, is also an architect, a furniture designer, and artist, based in New York City.