OMG, I Want That House: Sag Harbor, NY
December is here, which means it’s time to start figuring out where you’ll be in 2022. We’re assuming that, like us, this means you’re currently stressing over buying a property. New Hamptons. (Oh, the life we’re living in our dreams…) If that’s the case, we can introduce you to The Up Studio by design Harbor Hideaway, Helen’s architecture is sure to start the next Hamptons bidding war. (Ultimately, winning the new love in the life of your real estate portfolio is a lot sweeter when there’s competition.)
Always remember the keyword that protects against being labeled the terror of all horrors (nouveau riche, of course): elegant. In this house you have a very nice floor plan (just over 2,600 square feet) but in a very shabby design package. Just look at how she glows at sunset…
From selected materials to interior decoration, this home includes a controversial color scheme known as “a rainbow of neutrals.” If you want a pop of color here, you’ll have to step outside. (At least in the summer. In the snow of winter, you’re out of luck.)
Sag Harbor was originally a whaling village. Although the industry has been banned in the United States and whalingers may not at first recognize their old neighborhood, we would not judge if, like us and the young public man, By the picture here, you are trying to catch yourself a whale more modern than the species can afford Prize for Long Island $4.5 million.
This is what is called a statement staircase and it is very valuable. Any old millionaire can buy a piece of art for their home, but a statement staircase is much more difficult to purchase because it entangles with the integrity of the structure. Function meets fashion = priceless.
The house is on a residential street (oh, the horrors of the Hamptons!), but it’s designed in a way that still protects precious privacy for all occupants who consider themselves Class A. To shield the occupants from any lurking enemies, the house faces the back corner of the lot, with a wall of ground-floor windows facing a natural oasis to the rear.
The Harbor Hideaway certainly makes an impressive visual statement covered in black cedar, but the design team chose this material to provide a dramatic experience. Just imagine walking through this dark parking lot and into the vibrant greenery and bright natural light of the backyard.
New Yorkers, eat your heart clean. The vast white walls downstairs are more than just plain canvases for whatever museum-worthy collection you happen to bring into your new home. Instead, they are entirely composed of memory. That’s right, your household’s one-of-a-kind buyback rule can fly right out your very expensive new window.
This home has four bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. But the fun doesn’t stop there. There are five additional bathrooms, four of which are half baths, a bed-to-tub ratio that you don’t see every day. This means you can comfortably throw a pool party for the whole family, but won’t feel guilty when you kick most of them out at the end of the day due to “no room at the motel”.
To mix things up but keep them oh oh so elegant, terrazzo, back popular after its heyday in the 1920s, painted the walls of the master bathroom.
This is what is called a Covid house. It was completed in 2020, won all the awards by 2021 (you’re looking at an AIA Archi Award winner), and now it’s ready to launch to the socialized world… or at least is the social world of a new family.
Like almost every aspect of life, the real estate world is being impacted by the pandemic. For example, according to Trulia, this home was originally listed for $4 million, but that price has gone up, not down. You may want to get this deal done quickly because the word “negotiate” seems to have lost all meaning.
The house is located in the middle of a peninsula on an island bordering the Atlantic Ocean. So it seems a bit hard to believe that no water other than the pool is seen from its ground floor. But the descendants of those whalers should not be disappointed. Thanks to a bit of architectural magic and a spacious roof deck, the house acts as a lighthouse, giving you views of Sag Harbor Cove and Noyack Bay from above.
The designers took their mission for a Covid home very seriously. If this isn’t the peaceful haven of pandemics – the antithesis of big-city living – that we all dream of, we don’t know what is.
Contemporary, but at home in the local landscape. Harbor House is sure to be the summer of 2022 envy of all your very courteous neighbors.
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