Southampton Village, New York
In the center of one of Southampton's most exclusive neighborhoods, amidst only homes of equal grandeur, sprawls this breathtaking, two acre, 7,300 sqft estate designed by John Laffey. In the 1920's The Murray-McDonnell compound was one of the largest estates in Southampton, sprawling along the ocean and offering luxuriant respite to two affluent families with ties to the Vanderbilts and the Fords. Starting in the 1960's, right after one of the original homes was swept out to sea in a storm, the 300 acre parcel was carefully subdivided and sold off, yet a few of the original family members still reside amongst this coveted community. This Estate offers the amenities, style and substance one would expect of such an estate. With sprawling English Gardens, beautifully appointed indoor and outdoor entertaining areas and no detail overlooked. The entire first floor was created with entertaining in mind. The double height grand entry was designed with views opening into the back gardens. The formal dining and living areas, spacious theater, sunroom, playroom and open kitchen with breakfast nook, together boast three fireplaces and endless views of the grand porches and manicured lawns. A spacious office, one full bath, two half baths and a laundry room round out the beautifully appointed first floor. Upstairs the junior master suite offers walk-in closets and a full bath, while the spacious master offers a fireplace, endless closets, a grand bath, plus an oversized sitting room. Each of the four guest rooms is also en suite but the best feature lies just beyond, where an oversized, sunlit indoor bridge connects the main house to an additional private junior master suite. The bridge offers incredible views of the estate grounds and is a memorable feature on this exceptional property. On the immaculately finished lower level, there are three more en suite guest bedrooms, a full mirrored gym with bath and egress, bonus room, tons of storage, plus a spacious game room, ensuring life at this home, through all the opulence, remains modern and fun. Outside, just as one may expect, there is a gunite pool with spa surrounded by a sprawling limestone patio that leads up to the generously appointed pool house. With a living room, kitchenette, laundry room, changing room and full bath, the pool house ensures that summer days are a breeze. A har-tru tennis court and outdoor built-in BBQ round out the outdoor amenities. This exceptional estate was built with a nod to the opulence of its history, and its noble intent shines through in the details.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman