Always wanted impeccable architectural bragging rights for your beach house? Well, have we got a place for you.
This house, in East Hampton, N.Y., was only the third designed by “New York Five” modernist architect Charles Gwathmey, right after the extremely famous residence he designed for his parents in nearby Amagansett. Tucked into East Hampton’s Northwest Woods neighborhood, the curvilinear home was commissioned in 1968 by graphic artist Joe Sedacca, who told the architect he wanted only two bedrooms and a wonderful kitchen. The small footprint of the house, just 1,200 square feet, contains some very intricate spaces, however. Former owner Paul Amador was quoted in the New York Times in 1993 when he bought the house from Mr. Sedacca: “I feel like I won the lottery. I’m buying a piece of art for the cost of the raw materials.” (Speaking of winning the lottery, Mr. Amador purchased the home for $245,000 and sold it for $1.75 million in 2016.) And, as Sedacca asked, the house has only two bedrooms plus two simple bathrooms and a kitchen that is certainly serviceable and up to date but hardly huge or “wonderful” by today’s standards.
Updated and outfitted with modern-day creature comforts, Sedacca House still looks almost completely original. While new owners might wish to expand, we can’t see how without risk of ruining the place. And Mr. Gwathmey, who died in 2009, is not available to consult. Interiors include an open floor plan, a living room with 18’ ceilings, and a gorgeous rounded staircase that leads to the second level. Outside, there’s a stucco chimney — almost a sculpture in itself — a heated pool, and space for entertaining. The 2.82 acre property also includes a storage unit designed by Mr. Gwathmey and a 16-foot Airstream trailer used as guest quarters.
The current owner, Emmy- and Peabody-winning documentary producer Justin Wilkes, is asking $2.5 million for the place. (It’s also available as a rental from August 1 through Labor Day at $45,000.) When not in the Hamptons, Wilkes makes his home in a two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom co-op in a fabled Rosario Candela-designed co-op on Manhattan’s prestigious lower Fifth Avenue.