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Isn't It Rich

Shelter Island | July 25, 2016 |If ever there were a beach house that felt flawless, that took us back to a simpler time, that called on us to reconnect with both our East End farm culture and our sea culture, that has stood the test of time and, today, exudes everything from charm to grace to luxury, this beach house is it. There’s a vibe here. Idyllic, authentic and tasteful describe it best.

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Up in the Air

East Quogue | July 18, 2016 | This Week’s Best Beach House at 65 Dune Road in East Quogue is by all measures a feat of contemporary home design and engineering. With so much new construction on Long Island’s East End, only a handful of these new homes stand out as remarkable examples of what can be accomplished when an “A” team of architects, engineers, designers and other artisans come together and collaborate. In each case, they break new technological ground, push the envelope, and produce a home that will stand the test of time as a modern masterwork. This is one of them.

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Modernism For The Senses

Sag Harbor – North Haven | July 4, 2016 | It strikes immediately as different: Imaginative. Extraordinary. Original. It literally stops you in your tracks as you approach. The long, horizontal white and glass structure resembles something like a modern sculpture made of boxes that were seamlessly joined. Streaming through the 500 feet of glass wall—back to front—are views of West Neck Harbor. Before you even leave your car, the environment begins to affect your senses. You’re astonished by its artistry and architectural simplicity and soothed by the natural surroundings, which were carefully integrated into the overall design scheme, both inside and out.

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A Captain's Dream

Quogue | June 20, 2016 | Just off of Quogue Street, which has remained relatively unchanged over the years, is This Week’s Best Beach House at 48 Shinnecock Road- itself one of the most beautifully preserved streets in all the Hamptons. It’s the setting of this beach house at the end of Shinnecock Road that will astonish you. Set on 2.80 +/- acres, the [near] 7500 square foot contemporary is surrounded by the widest part of Penniman Creek and offers 288’ of bulkheaded waterfront with private dock. From inside or out, look to the north and you might spend hours fixated on the postcard view of yachts anchored at the Shinnecock Yacht Club.

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Bonfires Without The Vanity

Shelter Island | June 13, 2016 | Set on Mabel’s Creek (Mabel was the original owner of the Shelter Island Ferry) sits this handsome waterfront French country home in the historic Shorewood Association. From the backyard where there’s 380 feet of water frontage, straight-ahead and to the left you’ll gaze out to vast swaths of green across the widest part of the creek, while to the right there are open views beyond the creek to Shelter Island Sound. And to add to what is already perfection, there’s a private dock and small [private] white sand beach alongside the creek where bonfires and marshmallow roasts are a sure bet! If there were ever a “sweet spot,” this is it.

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Ain't This Grand!

Quogue | June 6, 2016 | This Week’s Best Beach House is a sprawling traditional built on 3.25 oceanfront acres along Quogue’s coveted Dune Road. The house is ‘grand’ in every sense of the word- with large, formal rooms and a wide footprint that stretches east to west across the home’s beautifully manicured property. There’s more than just a subtle hint of ‘Gatsby’ in this house!

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This Week's Best Beach House | A Mid-Century Architectual Gem

Southampton | May 30, 2016 | In the case of 980 Meadow Lane, the house stands on its own as piece of art: an enduring tribute to a period of American architecture and design brought to our shores by European architects of the early to mid-20th century who, beginning in the 1930’s, were forced to flee Nazi Germany. There were many among this group of design renegades including Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and swiss-born architect, La Corbusier. In America, we refer to the genre as Mid-Century Modern. It was truly an architectural movement, born from the International and Bauhaus schools of mid-20th century Europe, roughly 1933 to 1965.

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This Week's Best Beach House | Dreaming of a Sandcastle

Amagansett | May 16, 2016 | Tucked away behind the brush is an exquisite 6058 +/- square foot oceanfront home in a breathtaking setting that captures panoramic views of the mighty Atlantic and Napeague Harbor. Architect Robert Smith of Hollenbeck & Smith sited this traditional beach house high on a dune, allowing light and views to stream through the extensive windows and glass doors on the upper level. The living spaces are all large and wide-open with vaulted ceilings and stunning traditional details throughout the entire house.

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This Week's Best Beach House | The Wright Way

East Hampton | May 9, 2016 | …And there’s no doubt that this house was inspired by Wright. “The overarching driver was the view,” says Bill Chaleff, the architect that drew the plans for the original house and it’s extension some fifteen years later. “The house got notched into the contours of the site.” Rather than imposing a form onto a site, Chaleff let the site drive the shape and direction of the overall plan. His primary challenge was to give every room a view of Gardiner’s Bay to the north while finding a way to let the more optimal southern light stream through the house. He accomplished this with the use of southern facing skylights that compliment the northern light from the bay.

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This Week's Best Beach House | Bayfront Modern

Sag Harbor | May 2, 2016 | If you’re someone who appreciates cutting-edge contemporary design, exquisite sunsets, and a retreat-like private waterfront setting just a few minutes drive to Sag Harbor Village, this modernist beach house might be for you.

The house sits on 1.47 acres of bulkheaded beachfront and boasts 4800 square feet of living space. Designed by Brian Healy Architects, it has an open floor plan and includes an expansive entertaining deck with a heated pool and spa- all positioned to take in the dreamy sunsets.