This Week's Best Beach House

Warmth in Modernism


Montauk – Fort Pond Bay/Block Island Sound

August 8, 2016

Talk of modernism and warmth rarely go together. They’re somewhat oxymoronic. Mention modern and our first associations usually summon descriptions of something austere or cold. We imagine raw materials like cement, steel, and glass. But, rarely do we think of warmth.

Until now. Here at 35 Wills Point Road we find an exception. A rather extraordinary exception. Manhattan-based Architect Robert Young was challenged by a number of factors when he was commissioned to design the home back in 2002. First, was the 1.4 acre flag lot covered in thick brush, set high on a bluff with views of Fort Pond Bay to the west and Block Island Sound to the north. Second, were the property’s dense woods and wetlands. Third, were the requests by his clients that the home be built with minimal impact on the natural landscape while also capturing maximum exposure of the spectacular water views. Lastly, that the interior and exterior finishes work with, not against, the natural environment, which abuts 174 acres of preserve.

The challenge was met, and the result was a breakthrough masterwork of contemporary design, perched exquisitely, atop one of Montauk’s scenic promontories. Mr. Young designed the 3,400 square foot house in two wood and glass “boxes”, each at varying angles to the water, creating two giant frames, or lenses, through which the views to the outside shift as one moves through the house. The living room, dining area, kitchen and two bedrooms occupy the upper level. From the living room, a full wall of glass looks out to Fort Pond Bay, while windows on the northern side completely alter the perspective with stunning views out to Culloden Point and Block Island Sound. But, it’s the Bamboo and bleached white oak  floors, the expansive Mahogany banquette stretching the full length of the great room, and the fireplace at the far end that create a warm, natural interior environment.

Two bedrooms are on the ground level, each with water views, and a wonderfully tiled master bath that has an interior shower door leading out to one of the decks and outdoor shower. From a second great room on the ground level, there’s access to the gunite pool and magnificent covered Mahogany entertaining deck with its own fireplace and breathtaking views.

To view this house, contact Ed Patrowicz at Corcoran. Offered at $5,895,000

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