At first glance, given the 2022 Hamptons trend of humongous houses, this might look like a teardown. Built in 1982, with three bedrooms and four bathrooms in about 2,500 square feet, the house is small for current tastes. Plus, it’s orange. Or at least, the wood cladding has a distinctly orange hue.
On closer inspection, though, it all works. It’s in a prime location, on Dune Road in Bridgehampton, right on Mecox Bay, just across from the ocean. And though much of it is likely to be marshy, the plot size is generous at 1.7 acres. There’s a pool and a duckwalk to the bay where there’s a small dock for paddle boards and kayaks. And the orangey-red color? It actually makes a lovely and striking contrast against the endless blue water and the deep green foliage that surrounds the house. And in any case, white paint, if the new owner desires, is cheap.
Though few could ever call $17.25 million cheap, even the asking price doesn’t seem ridiculous for this rarified area. (Try to ignore that the current owner, a finance guy, paid just $997,000 for it in 1996 because those days are dead and gone.)
The house has obviously been lovingly cared for and updated over the years. Inside, the new owner will find clean modern interiors with no fuss. Of course, the views are the main attraction, especially from the upper floor where the house feels like a ship sailing serenely over the water. There is a great room with fantastic views and an updated kitchen, as well as copious outdoor space, via an elevated balcony, or around the pool.
Set low in the dunes, out of the wind, the pool is perfect for summertime parties. However, it is a short, easy hop along Dune Road to the ocean beach. Even better, for people who have children, this is the location of what’s known as the Cut, where the bay and the ocean meet. As the tides rise and fall and the water flows in and out of the bay, tidal pools are often formed, making the Cut a favorite destination for beachgoers with children because they can safely play in the pools.
The property is available via Susan Breitenbach at Corcoran.