Chock-full of charm and beauty, the quaint villages and hamlets of the Hamptons represent an almost filmic ideal. With such a setting, it makes sense that the South Fork is home and host to the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Comparing the architectural styles here to the visual medium, Hamptons Beachouse explores the fun in pairing a few of the most dramatic and compelling homes on the market today with their classic film equivalents, virtually casting the properties in the movies to which they’d be best suited.
For example, if the typical Hamptons shingle style were thought of in terms of film, it might be most closely compared to the 1962 Gregory Peck movie “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Staid, straightforward and classic, both are examples of true Americana that will never go out of style.
Owned by a former whaling captain who explored the sea and traveled the world, the Captain George White House at 159 Main Street in Southampton, represented by Noel Love at Saunders, draws comparisons to the 1956 film by John Huston, based on the book by Herman Melville. And just as the famed white whale is thought to survive Ahab’s continual attacks, the 3,184-square-foot home, which dates back to the 1700s and was owned by a man who was passionate about protecting the shoreline of Southampton, still stands nearly 300 years later.
“This iconic house a treasure and touchstone for the East End,” says Mr. Love. “And, since it’s been painstakingly restored and updated, it’s been reimagined into a showplace for today, too.”
Bequeathed to the Southampton Historical Museum, the two-story home, which sits on .80 acres, was sold as a private residence in 2015 and lovingly restored by its owner. Its historic integrity intact, the five bedroom, one-and-a-half bath residence is protected from development in perpetuity.
“Dunecrest Development Corp. [of Hampton Bays] did a visionary job of reconstructing, restoring and reimagining the iconic Captain George White house of Southampton,” says Jennifer Vail-Daddi, who worked closely with the owner on the renovation. “The house and property were transformed back to their original beauty and maintained for all of the public to enjoy viewing, hopefully for the next 300 years.”
A 8,600-square-foot stunner at 47 Crescent Avenue in Water Mill by Farrell Building Company is all signature style, with sophistication co-existing with warmth, just as the title character played on the big screen by Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 romantic comedy by Billy Wilder. As Sabrina grows from gamine girl to sexy sophisticate, the traditional Hamptons shingle-style, which the successful builder is known for, gets its own reinvention in this $14.95 million two-story abode.
Sited on 2.8 acres, with heated Gunite pool, spa, tennis (grab two champagne flutes and head over for a late-night rendezvous, a la William Holden and Ms. Hepburn, but be careful with the glasses!) and all that one expects from a home of this magnitude, the estate brings all the expected luxury fare, but with a twist. Inside, transitional interiors executed by the Farrell Design team, led by Kristen Farrell and April Tully, move more to the modern while yet complementing Farrell’s long-standing vision.
“The commitment is to update the style of the classic Hamptons home to reflect today’s more simplistic lifestyle,” says Farrell Founder Joe Farrell. “With true desire to exude warmth and sophistication in every coordinated finish, this home embodies the philosophy perfectly.”
“The Bridges of Madison County”
Think of all the time lonely housewife Meryl Streep could have had for love if she had only commissioned 119 Newlight Lane in Bridgehampton from Perello Design & Build. With totally modern amenities, as well as seven bedrooms, seven baths, a gourmet kitchen, double-sided fireplace, Gunite pool, pool house, tennis court and spa, there would be plenty of time to luxuriate during a four-day romance. Plus, the picturesque modernized farmhouse and the 1.38 acres it sits upon would have been a terrific setting for photographer Clint Eastwood in the 1995 film he directed, based on the book by Robert James Waller. The $5.995 million property, represented by The Raphael Avigdor Team of Douglas Elliman “leaves little to the imagination,” and is perfect for entertaining, according to the Associate Broker.
“The grounds truly make you feel like you are on vacation in this farmhouse-inspired modern resort home,” he says.
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
The whole extended gang of relatives could move into Three Sisters in practically one fell swoop. The triple-unit development at 93, 99 and 101 Three Sisters Lane in Amagansett, created by Modern Green Home Founder Peter Sabbeth, is the idyllic setting for a family compound.
Though not quite as removed from civilization as the wholesome 1954 feel-good family film by Stanley Donen, the houses and their steps-from-Main-Street neighborhood are in total keeping with the quaint vibe of the Jane Powell starrer and subsequent TV spinoffs.
The “new traditional” architecture of the three homes plays on familiar shapes, but with added modern detail and flow of the classic farmhouse style. The three structures are complementary in keeping with varying numbers of en suite bedrooms and baths, plus gourmet chef’s kitchens, open family and dining areas, gym, outdoor showers and space for vegetable gardens.
Represented by Melissa Green at Saunders and Randi Ball at Corcoran, the homes range in price from $4.5 to $5.25 million. The two-story residences at 93 and 99 Three Sisters both sit on one acre and have 4,600-plus square feet of space on floors one and two and 1,640-plus square feet in the finished lower level. Slightly smaller, 101 Three Sisters is on .58 acres and comes with 4,293 square feet of space on floors one and two and has 1,269 square feet in the lower finished level. Not exact replicas, they are nonetheless designed as separate pieces of an aesthetically pleasing whole.
“We jumped at the opportunity to create our ‘own’ neighborhood with Three Sisters, as it would afford the design team at MGH the ability to create a new standard for the spec world,” says Mr. Sabbeth. “We created our own neighbors by building three.”
“2001: A Space Odyssey”
Futuristic, and with sustainable systems that would put Stanley Kubrick’s and Arthur C. Clarke’s computerized HAL 900 to shame, 190 Fowler Street in Southampton is an absolute modern marvel. The unique design—no basement, yet with gym, theater and wine cellar—of the two-story glass, stone and wood home could have easily been mistaken for an altogether otherworldly structure back in 1968 when the film was made.
Conceived by J. Bialsky Premiere Design & Development and Blaze Makoid Architecture, the $32.995 million waterfront manse is a palatial oasis unto itself, featuring walls of glass, numerous terraces and decking and a series of “green roofs” that fit in with the surrounding natural vegetation. The 11,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bath beach house sits on 2.8 acres directly fronting Sayers Pond and is co-represented by Zachary and Cody Vichinsky of Bespoke Real Estate and Carol Nobbs and Erica Grossman of Douglas Elliman.
“It’s great quality construction on a great piece of land,” says Mr. Bialsky. “It’s definitely something that will make sophisticated buyers sit up and take notice.”