The Pond House East Hampton Waterfront
Sensational western sunset waterviews from magnificent new 12,000-square-foot mansion with separate guest cottage on elevated two-acre site with 203-foot direct frontage on Georgica Pond and adjacent to 17 acres meadow preserve. The original 100-year-old structure designed by the noted architect Stanford White was meticulously renovated and enlarged over three years combining Old World craftsmanship with state-of-the-art modern systems.
Chosen for its inspirational view, the first house that stood on this East Hampton site was built over 100 years ago as an artists studio attributed to the noted architect Stanford White. The current owner carefully rotated the original house 90 degrees so the historic triple-height studio room (which faced north) is now a 30-foot high living room looking west over the pond. The careful three-year renovation and expansion that was just completed incorporates meticulous Old World quality and handcrafted details found in classic estates, coupled with the latest state-of-the-art mechanical systems. The graceful sweep of the rooflines exactly matches the original period design of Stanford White. Every detail in the house was custom designed, and all woodwork was hand-milled on site.
The bathroom marble was site selected in Verona, Italy. The patina-matched tubs, counters and tiles were carved from single blocks of stone by master Italian craftsmen.
At the end of a long private lane, the entry driveway passes under a covered porte-cochère at the front door of the house. The double-height entry hall is paved with French limestone. The staircase has custom iron railings specifically designed and cast for the house. The diamond-pane leaded windows have hand-crafted glass.
A cove-lit hallway leads to the 30-foot-high great room which is surrounded by a second-floor gallery. A wall of windows overlooks the rolling lawn to the pond, and French doors open to a waterside terrace of Turkish limestone. On opposite walls are matched, museum-quality 18th-century French Louis XV carved stone fireplaces. The floors are hand-pegged parquet de Versailles created and installed by French craftsmen. The quarter-sawn white oak paneling glows with a hand-applied French chalk finish.
The oversized kitchen/family room also features an 18th-century carved stone fireplace and a wall of French doors opening to the waterview 25-by-45-foot infinity-edged pool and spa, with an outdoor grilling area. The floors here and throughout the rest of the house are antique black walnut, hand-doweled and pillowed. The state-of-the-art kitchen is equipped with a professional sized La Cornue stove, two dishwashers, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, and top-of-the-line custom cabinetry. Adjacent to the kitchen is a second catering kitchen for large-scale entertaining.
Also on the ground floor are a formal dining room, library paneled in black walnut, media room, junior master bedroom suite, and waterview sunporch with fireplace.
The second floor has a large gallery overlooking the living room and French doors opening to a second-floor waterview porch. The master suite features a bedroom with antique French stone fireplace, wainscoted ceiling and private waterview porch. The master dressing room/bath features double sinks, a hand-carved limestone tub, an oversized steam shower, a sauna, and his-and-hers walk-in closets. A den/sitting room completes the suite.
In addition, on the second floor are three luxury guest suites. On the third floor is a large room with antique beams, fireplace and full bath -- ideal for a customized screening room or children's playroom. Also can be an additional two-bedroom suite with sitting room and fireplace.
The 4,000-square-foot lower level has 10-foot ceilings and can be finished as desired by the new owners. There is a three-car garage accessed through custom brick arches.
Throughout the house, all the stone floors have radiant heat. The state-of-the-art, 15-zone gas-fired heating and geothermal air conditioning are designed for ultra-efficiency and low energy cost. The house is fully pre-wired for home automation, Lutron lighting system, multi-line phone system, audiovisual and security.
A detached 1,800-square-foot guest house includes a living room, full kitchen, two bedrooms and bath. On the pond there is a wooden plank path to launch a small boat. Directly adjacent to the north of the property is a 17.5-acre meadow preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy.