This home may be sited on Edge of Woods Road, but with its generous setback and 360-degree greenery including privacy hedges and mature leafy hardwoods, you could say it’s “into the woods.”
“The first owner planted a lot of trees but didn’t tend to them and the lot was very overgrown,” says Alex Pashkowsky, the agent who has listed the property with Modlin Group. “This owner cleaned it up, opened it up and created private, lush front and back yards.
“He turned it from a dated somewhat dark home into a California bungalow in the Hamptons.”
The four-bedroom shingled Colonial-style home is sited on .92 acres in Southampton. The yard work wasn’t the only home improvement of the current owner: The house has undergone a complete interior renovation updating a look that hadn’t changed since its 1980 construction, and replacing the heating and other systems.
“This is a traditional house that is not traditional on the inside,” Pashkowsky says. “The whole thing is super comfortable and manageable.”
A spacious and understated center hall/entry way sets the tone for the house — a style that favors unfussiness over flamboyance. The first floor open plan is anchored by a large double-sided brick wood-burning fireplace that provides a separation between the living room and the kitchen/dining area.
The rooms are united by dark hardwood floors and a crisp, white palette that maximizes light. French doors from both areas lead to a 116-square-foot patio, providing easy access for outdoor entertaining. The 343-square-foot kitchen is decked out with a Thermador appliance suite, custom wood lower cabinetry and open shelving and Cararra marble countertops. The large island, which Pashkowsky says is a natural place for the family to gravitate to, serves as the dining area and seats up to eight, while also providing storage underneath the table top, which is also Cararra marble.
Beyond the kitchen is a mudroom with access to the two-car garage, and also leads to a small ensuite guestroom with its own entrance into the yard — perfect for your late-night college kid home for the summer coming into the house after hours and raiding the fridge. The 225-square-foot primary bedroom is to the right of the center hallway and features a dressing area, large walk-in closet and a 105-square-foot bathroom. A half bath is accessed in the hall, concealed beneath the paneled stairway.
The second level is devoted to the two guest rooms of nearly identical size — about 180 square feet — that share a bathroom with a double vanity. The slightly larger bedroom has a 64-square-foot balcony and the smaller features a wall of closets and storage.
The unfinished basement houses the laundry appliances and is used for storage. Pashkowsky said because the house footprint has not been expanded to its full potential, finishing the basement would not be as attractive an option as adding on to the home above ground.
“There’s a lot of build-out potential front, back and side and this house offers the opportunity to grow to fit the new owner’s program for living,” he says. “It’s almost [conventional wisdom] that you wouldn’t waste your time and money doing anything in the basement because you can expand above grade elsewhere.”
Outdoor entertaining spaces include an almost perfectly square patio of 375 square feet with two entry points on the side of the house and an 18 x 36 heated, lined pool in the back yard, out of view of neighbors and the street.
The property is 1.5 miles to Southampton Village and Pashkowsky says it offers easy in-and-out access for commuting between the Hamptons and the city. In general, he says, “the Hamptons proper are more staid.”
“That Lizzie Grubman kind of activity doesn’t really happen anymore,” he said, noting areas around the villages are attracting families, not partiers.
Edge of Woods Road is 2.2 miles from the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, which has long featured East End artists (and just celebrated its 125th anniversary this year); 2.8 miles from the Southampton Arts Center, which, in addition to art exhibitions, features live performances, film and kids’ programming; about four miles to Flying Point Beach and, just beyond that, W. Scott Cameron Beach.
The home at 271 Edge of Woods Road lists for $3,250,000 and details can be seen here.