By Nancy Kane
Autumn may traditionally be off-season in Hamptons real estate, but there is nothing traditional about 2020, and the East End continues to swell with residents seeking respite from the city and beyond. It’s the perfect time to house-hunt: Fireplaces snap and crackle, the weather is divine and farm stands overflow with local bounty, welcoming prospective homeowners to enjoy the best of the season…and find that perfect property.
On scenic Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton, a house billed as a “dramatic mini-estate” awaits a lucky buyer. Offered from Sotheby’s Keith Green and Ann Ciardullo, asking $4,495,000, the Jeff Rosen-built home is close to Georgica Beach and the Red Horse Market. An L-shaped layout wraps around a bluestone terrace and features 7 bedrooms, with the main bedroom offering vaulted ceilings and a sumptuous bath. A 10-foot-ceilinged lower level has a private gym, media room and a private enclave for guests. A gunite pool as well as outdoor fireplace, kitchen, bath and beautiful fountain make for outdoor living at its finest. A rope swing sits on a hundred-year-old oak tree, awaiting a rider. Nothing says Hamptons more than this.
Southampton Village is undergoing a renaissance, and Breese Lane is one of the most charming streets—close to shops and restaurants as well as the famous beaches. Mary Slattery of Corcoran brings to market a classic gem of a home at 80 Breese Lane. Asking $2,995,000, the shingled cottage-style traditional features 4 bedrooms and 3 renovated full bathrooms. A formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace was created with autumn evenings in mind, and the chef’s kitchen, complete with high-end appliances, allows for easy entertaining and the preparation of elaborate holiday meals. Central air and a gunite pool and outdoor shower complete the package.
Wainscott’s name comes from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, which took place in Wainscott, Kent. Asking $5,995,000 and represented by Raphael Avigdorand Aleksandrina Penkova of Douglas Elliman, the charmer on Fernwood Drive is close to Main Street and quiet, pristine beaches. Seven bedrooms and 7½ baths, a stunning double-height great room and state-of-the-art kitchen make this a homemaker’s dream. The expansive layout features fireplaces, light-drenched rooms and a feeling of luxurious comfort. The lower level is finished with a home theater and gym, and the home office makes this the perfect retreat from the city.
“Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets” and Broadway legend Gwen Verdon, who starred in Damn Yankees, Chicago and Sweet Charity, got a stunner on the ocean in the village of Quogue, where she lived until 2000. It’s new to market, listed with Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman, asking $8,950,000. Originally built in 1870, the home was the Quogue Lifesaving Station until 1915. The 5-bedroom, 3-bath beauty has been renovated, with boat room and original flooring preserved—where the four-time Tony winner could have practiced her dance steps. On over an acre of oceanfront, it features a wraparound porch, raised deck seating, a detached bungalow, a rare expansive front lawn, gunite pool and a catwalk to the beach.