Location: Water Mill, New York
Price: $27.995 million
This modern house sits atop a dune in Water Mill, a hamlet of Southampton on Long Island’s East End. “It’s the most beautiful location you can imagine, with views of two different bodies of water,” said listing agent Lynda Packard of Douglas Elliman.
Glass walls in the living room vanish into the floor, opening the home on two sides. The south side faces the Atlantic Ocean; the north side overlooks Mecox Bay, known for its wild oysters.
“When you see the walls drop, it’s as if you’re right at the ocean,” Packard said. “You have these lovely breezes wafting over you.”
The 3,592-square-foot house, built in 2014, has four bedrooms and four full bathrooms. There’s also a 672-square-foot pool house with more than 650 square feet of space underneath.
A steel bulkhead protects the 1.5-acre property from storm damage. “It’s about as safe as you can get,” Packard said.
The home was designed by Steven Harris Architects, with interiors by Rees Roberts + Partners. The Manhattan architect is known for his minimalist residences that pay homage to their surrounding environment.
“There’s really no other place like it in the Hamptons,” Packard said.
The home is anchored around a swimming pool with ocean views. It can be heated during the cooler months.
The home is heated and cooled using solar panels and geothermal energy—earning it a 5+ rating from Energy Star. It also features home automation systems from Lutron and Savant.
The house sits on the prestigious Flying Point Road, where model Christie Brinkley and filmmaker Mel Brooks have both owned homes.
“This street is wonderful because we still have some of the original oceanfront houses,” Packard said. “One sits atop a dune that survived the 1938 hurricane.”
A shortage of land has driven up prices in Water Mill. A two-acre lot on the same street—with no house on it—recently sold for $14 million. “There’s usually a wait list of people who want to live here, whether it’s to purchase or to rent,” Packard added.
The late artists Jane Wilson and Jane Freilicher both owned homes in Water Mill, where they socialized with their creative cohorts and painted the surrounding seascapes.
Landscape architect Edmund Hollander used native plants and restored dunes to highlight the intersection of the home’s architecture with the surrounding landscape. He was presented with a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2015 for his work on the property.
Agent: Lynda Packard, Douglas Elliman
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