Pure Property

Stellar homes for summer days and beyond.
41 Manhanset Road, Shelter Island. Photo courtesy of John Lasurdo (Dead On Design)

By Nancy Kane

Author Henry James’ two favorite words in the English language? Summer afternoon. It’s easy to see why. Whether you are dipping your toes in the Amagansett surf, catching the sunrise from your dock in Bridgehampton, lunching in your converted greenhouse on Shelter Island or entertaining in your Upper East Side garden, these properties make it easy to enjoy many a languorous day.

238 East 68th Street, New York City. Photo courtesy of Compass and The Richard Steinberg Team

Quintessentially New York, this stunning renovated five-story town house, built in 1899, features 5 bedrooms and 5 baths as well as a finished rooftop deck and a south-facing garden. Special touches like an enclosed glass staircase, marble fireplace, an elevator and 10-foot, light-attracting ceilings complement the spectacular chef’s kitchen that overlooks the beautifully landscaped garden. The bedrooms have amenities such as separate steam shower and spa bath in the primary, and the home itself is tech-ready, with multizone central air conditioning, lighting accents and top-notch security—all making this residence move-in ready. On 68th Street, the listing is with Richard Steinberg of Compass and asks $14,500,000.

11 Atlantic Avenue, Amagansett. Photo courtesy of Compass

Out East, a 5-bedroom beach home has a living room with 20-foot ceilings and wood-burning fireplace as well as a media room, game room and yoga studio. Designed by CWB Architecture, the Amagansett Lanes home boasts a professional-grade kitchen and custom vanities with Carrara marble in the bathrooms. Gated and secure, the home has a gorgeous saltwater pool surrounded by mature landscaping—and the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces make this a picture-perfect summer beach house. Available for rent: year-round at $300K; August, $100K; and Memorial Day through Labor Day for $245K. The listing is with Compass’s Christopher Stewart and Jessica Vertullo.

29 West Pond Drive, Bridgehampton. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

A shingled traditional sits waterside in Bridgehampton…and it won’t last long. The home’s double-height-ceiling living room with fireplace opens up through French doors to a large patio overlooking a scenic glacial pond with 151 feet of water frontage. A waterside gunite swimming pool and spa complete the outdoor picture as stairs lead down to your own dock—perfect for a paddleboard or small boat excursion. Inside, the primary suite has 2 bathrooms, a soundproof attached den and a waterside balcony, and the lower level is finished with a movie theater, a walk-in, temperature-controlled wine cellar, and a gym with a sauna. With a three-car garage and a two-story pool house with stunning views of the water, this West Pond Drive home checks all the boxes. Asking $14,500,00 and listed with Rylan Jacka of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Set in the picturesque village of Dering Harbor on Shelter Island sits Oriole Farm, once the private arboretum of famed horticulturist Alice Fiske and now on the market with Gary DePersia of Corcoran, asking $5,950,000. The 6-acre estate features a three-level stone and stucco home with such details as beamed ceilings, white oak flooring, an intimate dining alcove and fireplaces all over. Adjacent to a stunning primary suite is a library or office with a fireplace and terrace. The finished lower level offers a media room, gym, playroom, wine room, laundry room, and a full bathroom with a steam shower. A covered porch with fireplace overlooks the verdant lawns, a gunite pool and spa. An enchanting greenhouse, used as a pool cabana and dining atrium, is surrounded by hundred-year-old weeping willow trees. This Old World charmer comes complete with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient geothermal heating and air conditioning.