Cresting a dune between the Atlantic Ocean and historic Georgica Pond, this iconic three-story oceanfront estate is a Hamptons landmark, one of the most widely recognized houses on the beach. In 1877, shipbuilders and carpenters constructed it for a descendant of 18th-century Congregationalist theologian Jonathan Edwards.
In the ensuing decades, it has withstood storms, played host to many a seaside fête, and made appearances on the silver screen, in films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Nanny Diaries. Fondly referred to as Kilkare, the residence is “the sort of place where you could kill all your cares,” the current owner told the New York Times.
A thoughtful restoration updated the home’s amenities and conveniences — converting the butler’s apartment into an enviable chef’s kitchen with butcher-block countertops and a professional Garland range — all while showing the utmost respect for authentic details, from the handsome pumpkin pine floors and classical moldings, paneling, and window trim to the nine warming fireplaces.
Delicate strips of wood in ornate tracery patterns still decorate the ceilings of the living and dining rooms.
A staircase wide enough to accommodate Victorian gowns leads first to a landing known as the “ship’s knee,” beyond which lie the home’s seven restful bedrooms.
Eighty-five windows admit lovely natural light and refreshing sea breezes throughout the home and afford views of the ocean and Georgica Pond, which lies just to the east.
A porch — with both shady covered and sun-drenched open-air spots — envelops the home on three sides.
The estate spans roughly three acres and, in addition to 330 feet of direct blissful oceanfront accessed via a private walkway, features a wildflower meadow, a heated swimming pool surrounded by stacked-stone walls, and a meditation garden.
The home sits a mere 50 feet from the ocean — much closer than modern covenants and restrictions would allow.
Eastern neighbors are far off, on the other side of the pond, allowing for a rare protected view unlike any other in the Hamptons.
$55,000,000 / Wainscott, NY 11975