We're hesitant to say it, but we're really digging this stucco and ivy-covered residence on Briar Patch Road in East Hampton. Designed by Barnes and Coy and built by Ben Krupinski in 2002, the residence seems to toe the line between traditional and modern quite successfully. The main house offers seven bedrooms (one master, four ensuite and two guest), radiant heated French limestone floors, a two-story reception room, a pair of living rooms, a library with wet bar, an eat-in kitchen with state of the art appliances and fittings, a separate pantry/prep kitchen, and a finished lower level with a media room, kitchenette, and an exercise room. And that study! Wood-paneled and two stories, it's a bibliophile's dream.
The 1.3 acre property also boasts a stone-clad, two-story guest house, an outdoor fireplace, the requisite heated gunite pool and an all-weather spa. Sadly, there are no water views to be had, (really, the only thing missing from this place), but the adjacent 18 acres of protected reserve maintained by The Nature Conservancy are a pretty fine consolation.
· Listing: As Good As It Gets [Saunders]