Pure Property: August

From waterfront splendor in the Hamptons to luxe urban zen, summer real estate switches up the pace in style.
The panoramic penthouse living room at The Chamberlain; photo courtesy of The Chamberlain

By Nancy Kane

While sunny days of summer still linger, home-seekers looking to Manhattan for classic abodes that function for modern families need search no further than The Chamberlain. Rising 18 stories above a nest of private schools on the Upper West Side, the pre-war inspired design is a collaboration from FXFOWLE and Champalimaud, and offers 2- to 5-bedroom apartments, three penthouses and two townhouses—all complete with high-end interiors and touches like the option to install a kosher kitchen and Kohler Tea for Two marble soaking tubs. Amenities include a central garden, library and a basketball court that converts into a screening room. Apartment prices start at $2.5 million.

A 5-bedroom East Hampton home set on Further Lane has undergone a meticulous renovation. Originally built at the turn of century, the residence features elevator access to an expansive finished lower level, complete with kitchen, bedroom, full bath and screening room. Halstead has the listing for just under $16 million. In Sag Harbor, also listed at just under $16 million, Laura White at Saunders has a spectacular new waterfront home, nestled amid 40-plus reserve acres of Shelter Island Sound. The 8-bedroom features large custom windows and glass doors, a great room with a 6-foot gas fireplace, an enormous saltwater pool and summer kitchen. The finished lower level is outfitted with a gym, steam shower, spa bar and sauna. A three-car radiant-heated garage includes a car lift, two EV chargers and four Tesla power walls.

An 8-bedroom home is nestled in Shelter Island Sound; photo courtesy of Saunders & Associates

World Cup Fever wasn’t the only thing inspiring this house to go into contract: The Springs waterfront beauty (deeded beach rights and marina) was once home to soccer legend Pelé, but the contemporary 5-bedroom has other amenities like a double-height living room and open dining room. Corcoran made the sale, asking $3,250,000. In Montauk, a writer’s retreat is on the market for $20 million. The nearly 3-acre property of playwright Edward Albee, best known for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is set on 200 feet of oceanfront. The compound includes a 3-bedroom main house, a 1-bedroom guest house, a tennis court and pool. Paul Brennan of Douglas Elliman has the listing.

Back in Manhattan, you can soak up the rays of an Indian summer in your rooftop hot tub in this striking Tribeca duplex penthouse loft, offered by Halstead at $7,350,000. Designed by West Chin, this exquisite 3-bedroom, zen-like home features high ceilings and a state-of-the-art kitchen and a fish tank repurposed as a room divider—but the real action takes place on the top floor, where a master bedroom is tucked quietly in one corner. To the other side, a lounge with built-in bar, recording studio and hot tub are perfectly poised on an ivy-covered terrace with panoramic views. Now if only summer could last forever.

In Tribeca, a hot tub awaits on the roof deck; photo courtesy of Halstead