The Houses at Sagaponac (note spelling) was conceived as an ambitious development of ultra-modern homes designed by a who’s who of innovative leading architects. Intended to serve as a kind of museum of high residential architecture, it was announced in 2001 by developer Harry “Coco” Brown and architect Richard Meier. The plan included 32 modern houses on 70 acres in northern Sagaponack, possibly the toniest town in the tony Hamptons.
Alas, the project was never completed and just eight houses were completed. Blame the financial crisis of 2008. This creates an opportunity for people who want to drop the name Sagaponack as the location for their weekend home — as it regularly ranks among the most expensive zip code in the country. Millionaire bargain shoppers could pounce on this striking contemporary, designed by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. Priced at just under $5 million, the 4,000-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom property encompasses 1.3 acres of land.
Built in 2008 and recently refreshed, the house features horizontal wooden elements on the exterior, with enormous floor to ceiling windows that face the exterior leisure and recreation areas of the L-shaped building. Carefully chosen materials, including lightweight short-span platform framing, pre-fabricated laminated plywood and cementitious panels, a monumental narrow-stile glass and aluminum window wall, and locally sourced stone floor tiles, create a tech-savvy yet intimate home.
Stone and gravel patios, and a sweep of lawn mirror the home’s floor plan. The courtyard includes a new artificial turf lawn that needs no maintenance or water, plus a brand new 50-foot heated saltwater pool. Especially notable are the two covered outdoor “rooms,” one used an al-fresco dining area with fireplace. There’s also a pool house/studio with bath as well as a gated parking courtyard.
Repped by Jack Richardson of SERHANT., this could be the ideal Hamptons getaway for someone who appreciates statement architecture but doesn’t have or isn’t willing to cough up the higher prices a similar home in a location closer to the beach would likely command.