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(Photo credit: Glen Allsop)

A new beach-home construction offers light, luxury and lots of amenities on Shelter Island.


The nuts and bolts

5 bedrooms

4.5 bathrooms 

4,500 square feet

.5 acres

House proud

“Osprey House” is a new construction by design team Heiberg Cummings, its name inspired by its proximity to the water and the sea and river hawks that make their homes in water habitats. This home offers views over the water and its fowl from a safe distance—an expansive deck spanning the first floor living space and a rooftop terrace. It is part of the South Ferry Hills Association, with access to private beaches.

“The home is on one of the highest points on Smith Cove with magnificent light throughout,” says Stacey Cohen, the Saunders & Associates agent listing the property. “You can see through the house to the water and the whole concept was to have the outside come inside as much as possible.”

What’s the plan?

The home features three finished levels. The main entry on the first floor leads to a 420-square-foot living and dining room in an open format, with a fireplace and sliding doors to the deck. The wing to the left includes the kitchen, pantry, powder room and stairs to the other levels level. In the wing to the right, a room with a fireplace can serve as either a library/den or a bedroom, and shares a bathroom with the other bedroom. The second floor is dedicated to a bedroom, full bathroom and a bar leading to the rooftop terrace. The lower level houses the primary bedroom suite with ensuite bath and walk-in closet, a 516-square-foot den with a fireplace, a 157-square-foot bonus room that can serve as either a bedroom or home spa/yoga studio or gym; a sauna, the laundry and storage rooms. 

What’s cooking?

The nearly 290-square-foot kitchen features custom cabinetry in warm natural wood tones and topped with granite and finished with brass hardware. The designer chose elite brands for the appliances: ILVE stove and a Bertazzoni refrigerator; the dishwasher is by Bosch and the butler’s pantry wine fridge is by XO appliance.

(Photo credit: Glen Allsop)

What else?

The architectural staircase itself is a bespoke design element and curves around so as to maximize light from the double-height windows. The floors and ceiling beams are reclaimed wood—some from old barns in Maine—and complement the other natural wood finishes and cabinetry in the home. The furnishings may be negotiated for purchase in a separate transaction.


(Photo credit: Glen Allsop)

Amenities and more

  • A fully equipped rooftop deck with a service-ready bar, wine fridge and fireplace
  • Four wood-burning stucco fireplaces
  • 12 x 15 heated gunite pool with and electric cover
  • Outdoor shower
  • Deep water dock

One cool thing (or two) 

The front door was sourced from an architectural salvage in Paris and throughout the home, wooden ceilings lend a warm, rustic touch. All the bathrooms have Turkish sinks with custom-designed vanities.


Agent’s callout 

“There’s a magical feeling when you walk in: It emits a tremendous warmth, and is very earthy and natural with a lot of textures throughout the house,” Cohen says. “There is nothing ‘spec’ about this house—it feels like it’s been there forever and lived in even though everything is brand new.”

Location, location, location

Osprey House is .2 miles from the shore of Smith Cove and .8 miles from South Ferry. Nearby attractions include the Mashomack Preserve, with 10 miles of coastline, multiple walking trails and a wide diversity of water and land wildlife; the Shelter Island Historical Society (1.3 miles), which hosts the  Havens farmer’s market on Saturday mornings; and Wades Beach (.9 miles), one of the island’s public beaches. The Turkems Rest hiking trail is 1.4 miles away. 



The home at 10 Thompson Road lists for $11,250,000 and the details can be seen here.