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With its story book New England feel, this turn-of-the century traditional cottage is located on one of East Hampton’s most coveted private lanes. Ringed by mature trees, it’s almost hidden in plain view, and yet just a short walk to Hook Pond, East Hampton Main Beach and the Village. 

Lockwood Lane, a sort of extension of Lily Pond Lane, where Martha Stewart had a second home for 30 years until 2021, has only three houses before it dead ends. “You have the location of Lily Pond and the privacy of an enclave,” says Martha Gundersen, the agent who represents the listing at Douglas Elliman. Gundersen says with seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and numerous porches and patios, the 4,703-square-foot house is ideal for multi-generational gatherings. The current owners, she says, reared a family of six in the house, embracing the casual beach lifestyle.

(Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

“The kids would go down to the beach to surf and swim where there are lifeguards, amenities and food all day long,” she says. 

Interior designer Tom Samet worked with D&D Harvey Architects on a 2002 renovation of the house, which was built in 1900 on nearly an acre. They kept its orginal character while giving the 300-square-foot kitchen a contemporary overhaul, installing Sub-Zero and Wolfe appliances and black polished granite countertops. A corner breakfast room off the kitchen can double as an office or additional mudroom, says Gundersen.

Multi-pane double-hung windows, wide-plank wooden floors and traditional wood trim and finishings are the unifying themes throughout the house. The kitchen and hallway feature rough-aged limestone polished to a pretty patina. The main floor’s open plan encompasses the living room with an exposed beam ceiling and the narrow dining room—a combined 820 square feet.

Both rooms have wood-burning fireplaces. The living room’s double French doors lead to a covered patio with a hammock. French doors also lead to the 435-square-foot sunroom, which features built-in bookcases and a media wall. 

All bedrooms are on the second floor, with some having en-suite bathrooms and the others with hallway adjacency. Some were updated with large step-in showers, while the others were refreshed with period-style fixtures and hardware, and retain their original wainscoting.

The 400-square-foot primary bedroom suite is anchored by a wall of multi-pane windows that overlook the back yard, and includes dual walk-in closets and bathrooms.  

(Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The third-floor attic is completely finished with painted beadboard ceilings and multi-pane windows letting in generous light. The space has been completely activated with a home-office alcove, an large sitting room and recreation area of 1,000 square feet, and two separate storage spaces.

The rolling back yard includes a heated 18 x 60-foot gunite pool, and is ringed with mature hardwood trees and has been planted with groupings of heritage hydrangeas; other shrubs line the property for privacy. A garden at the far end of the yard includes raised planting beds and some fenced-in protection. The large detached garage can fit two small cars, or holds one car with plenty of space leftover for an ample workshop. 

Only 1.3 miles from the center of town, Gundersen says the house is located “in the prime area” of what was voted “America’s Most Beautiful Village” by National Geographic magazine in 2018. 

“Lily Pond Lane is iconic, wide and flanked by London Plane trees—it may be the prettiest street in America,” she says, adding the area between Georgica Beach and Main Beach boast some of the most beautiful estates in the area. Other nearby attractions include the Maidstone tennis and golf clubs, and Grey Gardens, a historic landmark that was the subject of a 1975 documentary (and later a move and Broadway musical), which has been restored and is privately owned.

This classic cedar-shingled cottage on Lockwood Lane lists for $12,900,000 with the details here.