By Jeffrey Slonim | March 28, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
A retro '80s-modern escape on Georgica Close offers unparalleled views of Georgica Pond.
A stone path leads to the entrance of the magnificent, newly restored modernist home at 72 Georgica Close, listed for $17.98 million by Corcoran broker Michael Schultz.
Dreamy Georgica Pond was home to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famously well-heeled BFFs, the Gerald Murphys, and more recently Steven Spielberg and Ron Perelman. Over the years, the pond’s beauty has attracted famous aesthetes, including one of Manhattan’s most venerated art dealers and a supermodel and her actor husband.
It isn’t possible to get any closer to Georgica Pond than this reimagined late-1981 modernist escape off Georgica Close. A gravel drive winds past a tennis court to a broad stone path that leads to the entrance. The structure was originally built by beloved Hamptons architect Harry Bates for author B.H. Friedman, best known for his biography of Jackson Pollock.
The heated pool is surrounded by a generous deck, with an alcove for alfresco dining and incredible views of the pond.
“This house is a pond-front with spectacular open-water views, and customers are embracing the rounded curves of the interior and wood-paneled walls,” says the Corcoran Group’s Michael Schultz, who is listing the property for $17.98 million. “The positioning of the pool house and pool give it an almost resort-like quality.”
Since the 1980s, local building regulations have made setbacks more strict. “Today the home would have to be built 150 feet back from the wetlands and the pond, and you would not be able to remove any trees or foliage,” Schultz points out. “There would have been no room for a tennis court on the two-acre lot.
Throughout the undulating interior, artful furnishings help the design sing, such as the Pierre Paulin steel-and-leather sling chairs in the living room, which were created about the same time as the house.
Eight years ago, architect Lee Mindel of SheltonMindel was hired to breathe life into the vintage behemoth. “What made this house special and worth salvaging is its footprint and grandfathered views,” says Mindel. “The house is built like a hinge that opens on the living room. We sanded all the wood and tried to celebrate—reactivate—this building type.
We put no finish on the cedar so that it feels as if the woods that surround the property continue into the house.” To echo the architecture, Mindel installed furniture that combines curvilinear and straight forms: an undulating yellow chair by design star Marc Newson, Beaubourg dining chairs from a production run for the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
The round table at the entry is by Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm. And the boomerang-shaped pieces on the entry console that resemble sculpture are actually leaves to the Kjaerholm table so that it can seat 10 instead of six. Says Mindel, “Even the pool adopts the curves as it hits the water.” Michael Schultz, Corcoran, 51 Main St., East Hampton, 899-0254. Lee Mindel, SheltonMindel, 56 W. 22nd St., 12th Floor, NYC, 212-206-6406.
Photography by: photography Courtesy of sheltonMindel (living rooM); by iMageination (exterior)