On two remarkably lush acres on historic Gin Lane, perhaps the premier thoroughfare in the Hamptons, this elegant estate embodies a modern reverence for classicism. Built in 2002, the nine-bedroom, 9,000-square-foot residence presents a timeless gambrel-style façade and time-honored interiors that belie its young years. Impeccably designed and lovingly maintained, it is on the market for the first time. Meticulous detail and a romantic Old World aesthetic pervade nearly every space, from the welcoming sunlit family room, with its soaring ceiling and majestic Palladian windows, to the formal living and dining rooms, with their classically intricate moldings and polished parquet de Versailles floors. The handsome library boasts wood-paneled walls, a broad fireplace with an ornate mantel, and French doors. In the kitchen, a copper hood above the professional-quality range, antique limestone floors, decorative moldings, and traditional cabinetry contribute to a delightfully rustic French country style; adjoining is a breakfast room with a brick wood-burning fireplace and plentiful warmth and charm. In the serenely circular master suite, a bank of sun-dappled mullioned windows glimpses the ocean and a breathtaking bell-shaped ceiling features trompe l’oeil detailing that resembles Old World stone tile. The numerous guest rooms range from brilliantly sun-washed to cozy and downright playful. Much at this estate, though, is about appreciation of the parklike grounds. The dining room opens to both the patio and the light-flooded sunroom, which in turn is ringed with charmingly accented windows and French doors. Running along the back of the home is a grand covered patio with room for dining, lounging, and enjoying the most idyllic of views. It gives way to an open brick-paved patio beside an alluring swimming pool. Rose gardens and fragrant clematis embrace a delightful gazebo that overlooks the estate’s tennis court. Beyond expanses of carpet-like emerald lawn, towering cherry trees, flourishing peonies, and mature hydrangeas providing bursts of color, a series of ivy-draped stacked-stone pillars surround a secret garden with an enchanting fountain and secluded sitting areas. Stone walls and an antique door with decorative detail conceal an open-air shower. The home’s exceptional gardens demand the inclusion of a rare “cutting room,” which features an arched French doorway, a wall of lovely built-in cabinetry, and a built-in countertop and sink that aid in preserving, if temporarily, the glory of the grounds.
$17,000,000 / 237 Gin Lane, Southampton, NY 11968