This brand-new architect-designed home on Mecox Bay in Bridgehampton, N.Y., has trees growing through the middle of it. And yet, that could be said to be one of the less impressive features of the property, which traded in June for just under $25 million.
The striking contemporary home sold to hedge funder Peter Santoro, along with wife Chastity, who also happen to own a lifeguard station-inspired home in Amagansett featured on Dirt last week. Both the Bridgehampton residence and the Amagansett one, which is now for sale at almost $9 million, were designed by Bates Masi + Architects. It looks like there’s an architect stan on the loose. But considering how gorgeous both properties are, who can blame them?
At about 10,000 square feet with seven bedrooms and eight and a half baths, the Santoros’ new Bridgehampton home is much larger than their Amagansett spread. Sited cattycorner on the 2.26-acre property to make the most of the ocean views, and located right on the bay, the property includes a coveted dock from which the owners can kayak or paddle board to the ocean.
Much of the ground floor is open-air living spaces, whereas the second floor features sliding walls of glass to take in open views and ocean breezes. Of special note are the upstairs gym, the “yoga deck,” and the spectacular master suite with its private courtyard patio that includes not just one but two outdoor showers and, one of the newest trends in Hamptons home design, an outdoor soaking tub.
The two 30-foot trees that grow up through the center of the house give what could otherwise be a boring modern glass box punctuated with muscular black-iron supports organic, natural interest. Bates Masi’s signature white-oak floors and ceilings also add warmth. Outside, on 2.26 acres, is a tennis court and, alongside the elevated pool, a covered outdoor entertaining space with a full kitchen.
The Santoros also own a lovely 19th-century townhouse in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, which had been worked over by innovative Dutch architect Winka Dubbeldam — more starchitect stanning! — before they purchased it in 2016 for $13.75 million. Last year, the townhouse was leased it to Hollywood power couple Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein, but the couple appears to be quite eager to sell the place because it’s up for sale at $11.95 million, nearly $2 million less than they paid for it.