Sited on about a third of an acre and surrounded by a thicket of hedges and trees, this barn-meets-the-beach home offers privacy on a quiet street and yet is just a half block from Amagansett’s main drag and all the conveniences of a village. Built in 2019, but with a complete cosmetic do-over this year, it’s a 100-percent turnkey home for a buyer seeking a modern but comfy beach home.
The home was built by Joe and Kristen Farrell, then the principals behind Farrell Building Co., whose estates have been rented by bold-faced names such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, and Madonna. For this project, Kristen Farrell was on her own as the owner/developer under the newly launched banner of Kristen Farrell & Co.
“[The house] was turnkey but I wanted to put my footprint on it, make it a little more cottage-like and more warm and inviting than a glass house,” she says.
With natural wood as the dominant design feature, she says the house has a “modern barn aesthetic” but with a definite “beachy vibe.”
Located in what’s locally known as “The Lanes,” a grid of streets perpendicular to Main Street and leading to the ocean, Farrell says “the access to the beach is really the selling point for this property.”
Calling it “a little house that packs a big punch and checks every box,” the 4,259-square-foot home is entered via a bluestone-paved path and under an open modern pergola. A floating staircase is the main architectural feature of the generous foyer that leads into a 490-square-foot open living and dining room that, in turn, leads into a combined kitchen and great room of nearly 720 square feet with a wood-burning fireplace. Large-paned sliding doors lead to the patio. A half bath is adjacent to the space. White oak hardwood floors provide visual continuity through the house.
With a sleek, white palette that is a recurring theme throughout the house, the kitchen offers ample space for food preparation, socializing and dining, anchored by a porcelain waterfall island that seats four. The appliances include a Sub-Zero fridge and beverage center, Miele double dishwasher and a Wolf range. The cabinets are custom wood and topped with Caesarstone quartz counters. The kitchen offers access to a covered patio.
Four of the six bedrooms are on the upper floor, arranged in a line along the hall, with the front and back bedrooms having terraces. The two middle bedrooms are 120 square feet, the front room is five square feet larger. All have ensuite bathrooms. Overlooking the back yard, the nearly 200-square-foot primary suite features a large terrace, a bathroom with a soaking tub and a walk-in closet.
A wall of floor-to-ceiling window and doors light up the lower level, which is accessed from the interior floating staircase, but also via an exterior entryway. The finished portions include a 525-square-foot home theater/recreation room, two bedrooms of almost equal size (195 square feet), which share a bathroom and a laundry room with double washer/dryers.
The glass wall leads to an outdoor area, which, Farrell said,” is great for yoga or natural-air workouts.” The whole back yard, she says, “feels very private and intimate, a great family and entertaining space.” Indeed, 20-foot cypress trees surround the back yard so that the 18 x 36 heated gunite pool can be enjoyed in complete privacy. The two-car attached garage’s design is integrated with the house.
“My entire mantra is function comes first, so we oriented the spaces to [have] a beachy family lifestyle vibe,” Farrell says.
The neighborhood, she says, is “a slightly more elevated neighborhood than the surf community—very family centered, and more of a year-round community. There’s a town square and there’s a very specific feeling and families are drawn to that.”
Amagansett and Atlantic Avenue beaches are about a mile from the home; in between are the Atlantic Double Dunes and Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge, and just north is the East Hampton Marine Museum. The South Fork Country Club is less than a mile in the other direction. Main Street is but a few minutes walk with casual dining and grocery shopping, and the Long Island Railway. Stephen Talkhouse, at the edge of The Lanes, has been a local mainstay of live musical performances for nearly 40 years.
Represented by Flora Veitch and Kristen Suarez of Town and Country, the house is listed for $7,950,000. All the details can be seen here.