East Hampton, NY, USA
In a part of the world defined by its arresting residential architecture - the classic and the contemporary - it takes a pretty special home to rise to showstopper level. Meet 5 Discovery Lane, in the Settlers Landing section of East Hampton. It's a hint of Hollywood glam in the Hamptons, a modern style statement that's tailor-made for summertime soirÃ©e-ing. It's our home of the day - and if it strikes your fancy, it could be yours. Built in 2016, No. 5 sits at the end of wee Discovery Lane, a 190-foot-long cul-de-sac and Three Mile Harbor and about five miles from East Hampton Village. A gated gravel drive leads to a glass-doored two-car garage. A soaring entryway welcomes visitors, with a gantry overhead that connects the upstairs rooms and a floating balcony, part of the master suite, perched through second-floor windows. The home's living space spans a generous 5,300 square feet, including a 1,680-square-foot finished lower level. In all, there are four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. Crisp walls and chestnut-color wood flooring with a satin finish give the whole house a sleek Scandinavian vibe, and huge sliding glass doors to the outdoor entertaining space give the main level a kind of breezy, beach-house informality. There are three gloriously modern gas fireplaces indoors, including a two-sided unit that serves both living and dining spaces, and a lava-rock gas firepit on the patio. The kitchen is suitably chef-ready, with restaurant-grade appliances and a vast island with seating for four. Another glass slider leads to an al fresco dining space with a built-in grilling station. The 50-foot heated gunite pool, girded by teak decking, is as neatly angular as the house, with groovy underwater lighting and an inset spa. The home sits comfortably on close to three-quarters of an acre. Without a doubt, 5 Discovery Lane's biggest conversation-starter is its many-windowed master bathroom. Like a futuristic space probe docked with the mothership, it clings to the home's starboard side, its French curve of a roof rising in delicious contrast to the main home's cool linearity. Inside, there's a nautical teak flooring, a MoMA-worthy freestanding bathtub, and a rain-head shower with a full glass surround - all of it illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. In a home full of architectural surprises, this dramatically elevated bathroom is the piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance, and it highlights something remarkable about No. 5. More than mere Hollywood-inspired haute couture, this house brings to the Hamptons something rarer and far more valuable: genuine star power.