It has been called the “quintessential Hamptons beach house.” With a picturesque dark shingled exterior, dazzling oceanfront location and postcard-worthy vistas, images of the residence indeed call to mind the most idyllic of East Coast coastal living. So it is no wonder the place found its way to the silver screen in several South Fork-set productions including director Michel Gondry’s beloved 2004 science fiction-slanted romance “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Located at 40 Association Rd. in the town of Wainscott’s exclusive – and exclusively private – Georgica Association, the charming three-story residence is known as “Kilkare,” a made-up term our very own Laura Euler described as “a Victorian whimsy, an Irish-sounding word meaning to ‘kill care”’ in a 2019 article for the Behind the Hedges website. (Please remember this is a private home. Do not disturb the residents or the property in any way.)
The estate was originally built in 1877 as a summer home for wealthy New York attorney Walter Edwards and his wife, Camilla, who, as George W. Pierson noted in “Memorandum on the History of the Georgica Association, 1880-1948,” “Called in a dock builder from Brooklyn, gave him a few dimensions and the injunction that the house must be extremely strong — then blithely set off for Europe.” As one does.
Situated on a rolling bluff overlooking the sand a mere 50 feet from the Atlantic, the pad boasts an incredible 332 feet of ocean frontage as well as an ample seven bedrooms and eight baths.
Additional measurement details are somewhat disparate with some sources listing the home’s square footage as 6,493 and others as 5,000. The acreage is also in dispute with several sites claiming the pad sits on a 3.42-acre plot and others noting it as a no-less-impressive 2.81-acre parcel. Whatever the case, there is no denying the home is spacious, as is the land surrounding it.