On today’s installment of my Home in the Hamptons series, we’ll be looking at a beautiful house by the architecture firm, Sawyer Berson in the Georgica Pond neighborhood on East Hampton. You might have heard of this fabled neighborhood, nestled around Georgica Pond in southern East Hampton very close to the ocean, as Martha Stewart’s various East Hampton homes have been around here. Word to the wise, it’s pronounced “George-ick-ah”, not “George-eek-ah” which is one of the main way we discern newbies from people who may know what they’re talking about, so, you’re welcome.
Let’s have a look at this lovely, historically influenced home!
A central structure with cedar shake “wings” is common among the historical homes of the area. There’s just a long of all cedar new construction around, so it’s interesting to see someone mixing it up
I really like the asymmetry of the cedar shake wings of the home. This pointed gambrel with round vent is particularly charming.
The breezeway leading out to the yard (see the Pond beyond?) and pool is wonderfully arched and the vault is clad in beadboard with a dark lantern adding some punchy punctuation.
The sitting room has horizontally barding walls that add to the historic farm feeling of the home. And the turquoise mullions in that giant picture window are a beautiful touch.
The wide plank floors and subway tile all the way up the walls (with yummy dark grout) add to the farmhouse feeling. As do the antique style English chairs with turned legs and stretcher, and big nailheads.
A simple cabinet and traditional ladderback chair with a rush seat adorn the spare stair hall. I like the exposed brick on the right, presumably a side of the central house – it makes the wings seem like additions that were added naturally over the history of the home.
A gorgeous master bath glistens in creamy white marble, white millwork, pale blue walls, and a single Hicks pendant.
This covered patio has an easy, spare gentility like the rest of the home. I love the exposed joists, the black lanterns (like the one in the arched breezeway) and the blue hydrangeas, ubiquitous in the Hamptons.
You know what can’t be described as historical or spare? This freaking fabulous sunken grass tennis court. I’m a hard-surface gal myself, but I wouldn’t turn this down. The surrounding plantings and brick terrace are pretty spectacular.
A closer shot of the brick terrace and steps leading down to the sunken grass court give a better view of the exquisite detailing – particularly that trained hedge.
Another view of the rear of this gracious home show the beautiful contrast between the white washed brick central structure and the cedar shake wings. Both materials are united in their matching windows and lovely grey-blue shutters.
This understated home is really well done and pays homage to the historic farmhouses of the area while still being fresh and livable as a modern day beach retreat.