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Historic Pinwheel House Hits The Market With A Big Fat Asterisk

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The coveted Pinwheel House in Water Mill just hit the market. Designed by starchitect Peter Blake in 1954, the house got its name because it looks like a pinwheel from above. Blake described it thusly: "I wanted to be able to open the walls up to the views but close them in winter or during a hurricane,'' he said. ''That was the origin of the pinwheel idea."

In 1998, the house was super sized from a diminutive 2 bedroom, 1 bath home into a 3,000-sq-ft one with 5 bedrooms and 6 baths.

But before you call your broker, there's a catch: You have to buy the house next door, too, which is a hulking 12,000-sq-ft Traditional with 8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms (plus the standard-issue gunite pool and tennis courts). Although you can buy just this main house for $14,995,000, if you want the far more desirable Pinwheel House, the price for both is $19,995,000.

· 254 Rose Hill Road, Water Mill [Brown Harris Stevens]
· Pillars of Modern Architecture That Stand the Test of Time [New York Times]
· All Previous Peter Blake Coverage [Curbed Hamptons]

—Charlotte Bayless