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Vintage Southampton Artist Colony Studio for $2.295M

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Retaining original charm


This studio was once part of the estate of artist Marshall T. Fry, who taught at William Merritt Chase's Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art. It was built around a hundred years ago by Aymar Embury, an architect who worked closely with Robert Moses, designing many recreational structures in New York City parks, but is best known in the Hamptons for remodeling the Maidstone Club and designing Guild Hall. (Fun fact: did you know Embury's second wife was landscape architect Ruth Dean, known for Grey Gardens?)

The house has been added to over the years (get rid of the Palladian window in the master bedroom--it doesn't go), but retains much of the original charm in the great room, with leaded windows, fieldstone fireplace, and old beams. (Love the Fortuny shade in the dining area.) It's 2000 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths; outside, on the 0.64-acre plot, there's a 50-foot gunite pool. Asking price of $2.295M is reasonable although we guess the house needs a bit of work, given the dearth of kitchen or bathroom photos.