New generation of Hamptons buyers are finding allure in flying Point Road, but adding their own stamp with modern abodes.
Frederick Stelle designed this modern oceanfront home at 1320 Flying Point Road, listed for $17.985 million by Douglas Elliman broker, Michaela Keszler.
While the tony estate section of Southampton will always have its cachet, buying a top-flight turnkey modern on Flying Point Road in Water Mill has officially become “a thing.”
The out-of-the way, rough natural waterfront views of Flying Point Road, which sports excellent surf, have always been a celebrity magnet. Over the decades, Mel Brooks, Christie Brinkley, Jason Kidd, and Alex von Furstenberg have famously resided here. But in the last decade, Flying Point has become a popular niche within the high-end, modern, environment-friendly home craze.
“It’s hip to build a really modern house in a beach location,” says Douglas Elliman licensed associate real estate broker Michaela Keszler. “While the pricing on Flying Point Road was always different than it was on Gin Lane and Meadow Lane, they’re starting to become similar. And suddenly a new generation is buying on Flying Point Road.”
Keszler points out the unique history of Flying Point Road has led to this development. “Originally, it was mainly charming little beach shacks, but young families bought there and built larger modern houses,” she says. “It still has the prestige of being both Southampton and south of the highway, but Flying Point is really the hip mile right now. It’s totally different, younger. It’s a little community with a set of tennis courts they maintain. There has been a generational change; modernism is now the zeitgeist. Back in the ’60s and ’70s, everything had to be modern, and now that feeling has returned, but at a much higher level.”
One house currently on the market is the epitome of the crossover — 1320 Flying Point Road is a five-bedroom, modernist aerie perched on a spit of sand fronting Mecox Bay with oceanfront views and access. The sleek, 4,628-square-foot monolith also happens to be a prime example of another winning home trend: using a world-class architect paired with a top interior designer.
Originally, Flying Point Road was “charming little beach shacks, but young families built larger modern houses,” says Michaela Keszler.
The sun-drenched home was designed by Frederick Stelle of Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, Bridgehampton. At Edward Larrabee Barnes, Stelle renovated Yale University Old Campus dormitories, adding modern touches; now a beloved Hamptons environmentalist, Stelle specializes in environmentally friendly homes that feel open to their extraordinary settings. “It gives you the embodiment of beach atmosphere, and Fred Stelle specializes in sustainable, modern, high-end houses,” says Keszler. “The heating and cooling system is geothermal. It isn’t completely off the grid, but close to it. It’s the combination, the perfectly designed house on the water, and finished at very the highest level. And by the way, to build on the water, it now takes forever to get the permits.”
The interiors at 1320 Flying Point Road are also on trend — they were designed by Jacques Grange, one of the all time great interior designers, best known for his work with Yves Saint Laurent (he created the look of St. Laurent’s famed villa in Morocco). Grange’s other exalted clients include Princess Caroline of Monaco and the Mark Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The easy modern elegance at the Flying Point house distills many decades of Grange’s understated chic.
Nonetheless, what Keszler, who has the exclusive on this listing, and her clients find mesmerizing is the panoramic views. “The terraces are beautiful, too,” she says. “You have a lot of outdoor living and dining. From the infinity pool, you are looking onto Mecox Bay. Behind the deck chairs is the ocean. There is an outdoor fireplace with a seating arrangement on the second level-terrace, as well as on the one above. And on the ground level, past the wine cellar, you just walk down a little sandy path to the ocean beach. It’s wood, glass, and cement, but close the windows on a windy day and you don’t hear a whisper.”
The gated house, created for a young family who quickly managed to outgrow it, is on the market for $17.985 million. “While modern houses on Flying Point are a trend, this location is a must,” says Keszler. “You have the perfect product surrounded by water and a five-acre preserve.”
Michaela Keszler, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 70 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 516-204-2743
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