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Malibu Meets Shinnecock

Malibu Meets Shinnecock

It’s an easy confession: I have feelings for you. You are all I need; elegant and unique, sophisticated but simple, fun and not fussy. I can’t get you out of my head and I want to spend every day inhabiting you and attending to your needs. You make me feel lucky, you make me feel comfortable – you take me away from it all and yet I feel at home…

Phew. Glad I got that off my chest. I have a major crush on this Shinnecock Hills, Southampton house – perched high on a ledge above the Shinnecock Bay in the Atterbury association, which is built around remaining structures from the estate of architect and urban planner Grosvenor Atterbury, whose influence helped ease the gilded grandeur of McKim Mead & White‘s hey day toward modernist principles of design and urbanism.

This irresistible house cooly blends design pedigree with all the conveniences and simplicity of waterfront living – it would easily be at home in Malibu. See more…

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Jaffe Springs Eternal?

Jaffe Springs Eternal?

The iconic architecture of Norman Jaffe is an important part of the stylistic heritage of the East End. Many memorable homes designed by Jaffe were built by rich and famous clients in the toniest of locations, when a wave of modernist homes were popping up in the potato fields and pastures South of the highway, and even creeping onto the sprawling lawns that once belonged to larger estates in East Hampton’s estate section.

This property, 992 Springs Fireplace Road – is currently listed for sale by Susan Ryan of Corcoran in East Hampton for $5,000,000 – and is a beautiful example of Jaffe’s work in an unexpected location: East Hampton Springs. Read On…

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Curbside: The Jewel of the Hamptons

Curbside: The Jewel of the Hamptons

What is the jewel of the Hamptons? Depending on who you ask, it’s Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater, the John Howard Payne homestead, or one of Beyonce‘s rings. This week I’ve ripped a few real estate jewels from Curbed’s most trafficked posts, and re-tooled them for our readers.

Above, it’s a somewhat obscure fact that the original neon sign from the movie theater in Sag Harbor was not damaged in the 2017 fire. In fact, it sits pretty in the North Haven estate of actress Christie Brinkley, which is currently listed for sale. See more on this below.

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Curbside Finds in the Hamptons

Curbside Finds in the Hamptons

Fretting over shelter for summer or for keeps? Shed your tears. Read our highlights pulled from recent articles getting the most hits at Curbed Hamptons this week, and maybe it’ll be the tip you need.

The Hamptons potting shed above is only $29,500,000. To find out which celebrity is selling it, and what else comes along with it at that price tag, read on.

 


 

Are you a thoroughly Modern Millie-onnaire? Perhaps you want to try this on for size – it can be had for summer or for keeps.

This East Hampton glass house by architect Jorge Sosa of Arcologica has been featured in various publications, and is currently available for rent for the summer season. It’s available for $70,000 in August and $60,000 in July.

Sleek light-filled interiors make me go “Ahhh” and simple but lush grounds including a beautiful pool will make you go “Mmmm” on a hot summer day. The house was built in 2006 and is also offered for sale for $2.995 million USD.

From the Curbed Hamptons article: “From the outside, the glass walls are the most striking feature, encompassing two sides of the main living space. Inside, the double-height living room allows views from the surrounding landscape right into the home.”


 

The owner of the rustic garden shed I referenced above is none other than swimsuit model and entrepreneur Christie Brinkley, former wife of piano man Billy Joel and architect Peter Cook (and a few others), mother of three, and savvy East End real estate collectrice. The shed is a part of the Tower Hill estate she purchased in 1998 for $3.22 million – which is currently listed at $29.5 million.

This curbside gem (spotted on Curbed) is a perennial favorite, as well as a perennial listing celebre. It’s been on the market before, and my suspicion is that the nominal price reduction from $30 million to $29.5 million means that – of the two properties Miss Brinkley has listed for sale in the Hamptons – this may be the one she hopes to keep and live in.

The property – which has been gabbed about in both Curbed Hamptons and the New York Post – includes an observation tower, main house with four bedrooms, greenhouse, a barn studio with guest quarters, a four car garage, tennis and pool – and has a perfected eclectic Hamptons aesthetic that pieces together bits of lovable history and quirk with elegant elements and homey touches.

The wrinkled linen slipcovers, worn reclaimed floorboards, and buttery leather in this room make for a casually grand setting (and somehow make the captains chairs and other commonplace nicknacks lean further to chic than frumpy). 20 foot ceilings help with the effort.

Photo Credits: Brown Harris Stevens, Douglas Elliman

 

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Just Sold in Georgica

Just Sold in Georgica

There are lots of dream houses in the Hamptons, but there are few better places to dream than here. What a pleasure to see my clients in this beautiful home in Wainscott’s coveted Georgica Association. A year ago when we met, the new owners of this property were scoping out summer rentals in the Hamptons – among them Ford Huniford’s gorgeous Bridgehampton farm-style home. This Spring, they’re prepping 3 Georgica Association Road for the first of many unforgettable summers.

The house is on the edge of Georgica Pond, which is in fact a coastal lagoon fed with water from the Atlantic Ocean.

Georgica Pond is known for the many prominent people who’ve summered on its banks – including Ronald Perelman, Steven Spielberg, Martha Stewart and Calvin Klein.

The pond is defined by six “fingers” or coves; Georgica Cove, Eel Creek, Goose Creek, Talmage Creek, Seabury Creek, and Jones Creek.

Of the 33 homes in the Georgica Association, there are 11 waterfront homes (including the iconic oceanfront home known as the Kennedy House our Compass East Hampton office currently has listed for $55 million).

The Georgica Association, referred to by insiders as “the Settlement,” was begun in the 1880s by William H.S. Wood, a Haverford-educated Quaker publisher and banker who purchased 137 acres and closed off public access roads, reselling lots to friends and like-minded folks who built ‘cottages’ in refined shingle styles.

Members of the Georgica Association have access to four Har-Tru community tennis courts, a lifeguarded beach, private beach cabana, and weekly sailboat races. Rather basic amenities, and very low dues… but getting in is the grand accomplishment!

The character of Georgica today remains fairly aligned to the original intent of the wealthy – but not showy – families who built simple shingle-style summer homes here and eschewed more ostentatious communities like Newport, where New York’s most aggressive social climbers and ruling elite were erecting monumental homes like Marble House.

Both RC Atlee and Bill Williams have sold multimillion dollar properties in the Georgica Association. Bill lives nearby in Wainscott and RC lives just across the town line in Sagaponack, and they specialize in these communities.

New owners are not automatically members of the Association; they must join and pay an initiation fee. Former residents and tenants may also be members, and a few neighbors are also admitted. There is no clubhouse – in fact it is forbidden in the covenants set forth by Wood and the original families.

This home was originally listed for $9.5 million and closed for $7.71 million. It is 2700 square feet, and has four bedrooms and an artists studio. When the closing was covered by Curbed Hamptons, readers and the author speculated about whether the new owners would tear it down. I was happy to write to the editor, Grace Cassidy: “The new owners really appreciate the authenticity of the house, and the charming style that compliments such an incomparable location within the Association. The house is a true waterfront shingle cottage, which has evolved through multiple owners over a century. Ideally it will continue to be improved and grow with the new family, while retaining classic elements of shingle-style cottage design.” -RC Atlee

Photos Courtesy of Michael Schultz and Susan Ryan / Corcoran Group

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Lauren Rottet + George Nelson in MTK

Lauren Rottet + George Nelson in MTK

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Montauk Mod: Retro Done Right

A few years ago, designer Lauren Rottet had never been to the Hamptons. Today, she is the owner of one of Montauk’s most interesting and thoughtfully-outfitted homes. Attracted to the house’s provenance and its design integrity, she’s made her own revisions and added a new chapter to the story.

Rottet was a Hamptons ‘newbie,’ but she’s no newcomer to design. Over the last 25 years, she has been lauded as Boutique Designer of the Year, Interiors Designer of the Year, and is in Women in Design Hall of Fame. Some of Rottet Studio’s notable projects include New York City luxury hotels like The Surrey Hotel and the Leows Regency NY, as well as the St. Regis in Aspen, Colorado and the Presidential Bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel (chosen as the LA accomodation for Prince William and Kate Middleton).

“I came to visit and ended up buying!” Up to take much-needed time off, Rottet soon found herself looking at real estate. “It’s hard to keep me from browsing and brainstorming, but at the time I really thought I was sort of ‘pretending’ to look… I had yet to find something anywhere else that really clicked and felt right. When I saw this listed, I fell in love with it.” A synergistic history really ‘hit home’ for Rottet. The house is a rare example of residential design by George Nelson, a founder of American modernism who was the head of his own George Nelson Associates as well as Director of Design for the iconic Herman Miller furniture company. Originally built on the oceanfront, it was later salvaged and moved in pieces to a parcel between Montauk Lake and Montauk Point State Park.

An unconventional footprint comprised of staggered hexagons maximizes views in all directions. “Every room is a hexagon, so there are natural breezes that make air conditioning secondary climate control here,” Rottet says. “It’s also incredibly quiet and private.” Within the house, Rottet added a bedroom and bath and ensured that a lower-level suite included a kitchenette so owners or guests can have privacy and autonomy.

“For someone who loves 20th century design, it’s easy to appreciate the built-in pieces that are original to the house,” says Rottet. In addition to these original Nelson-designed gems, Rottet has added a number of pieces that a design aficionado would relish.

“The Paul McCobb credenza and McGuire table and stools came with the house, but I have added things like Raymond Lowey, a George Nelson clock, and a George Nelson bench,” plus a collection of art by notable and interesting artists. “A lot of the pieces that aren’t vintage are my own prototypes – acrylics and other pieces I tried out for the first time, that were site-specific but are now part of the lines I am producing.”

Rottet carefully restored and expanded the house, preserving or embellishing assets like the shingled interior ceilings and walls, hardwood and slate floors, and making expert choices for lighting that bring edginess to the space without challenging the sound aesthetic choices of the original design.

Some things were replaced or updated with an intentional nod to George Nelson’s original choices. “All the new appliances are Electrolux – that’s what was there.” While it’s not exactly a collaboration, it’s clear that Lauren Rottet and George Nelson are happy housemates.

If you want to enjoy a carefree summer in Montauk, surrounded by midcentury and contemporary bliss, you can rent this house with three bedrooms (plus den with Murphy bed) and 3.5 baths and enjoy elegant entertaining poolside, as well as a fabulous rooftop sundeck that has 360 degree views of the breathtaking surround. Check out the rental listing here.

Photos by Chris Foster of Fostergraph for The Hamptons Best

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