By Phelan Wolf, Esq.
42 Hedge Row Lane, Unincorporated East Hampton, $2,000,000
This home is located just north of East Hampton Village but still within walking distance of the village shops and restaurants.
It sits on just less than an acre, on a quiet cul-de-sac street. The house is a 3,700-square-foot traditional-style home, with shingled siding and roof and lots of attractive roof lines, dormers, small porches and bay windows. The yard, although small, contains a patio, outdoor fireplace and swimming pool. Inside, there are five bedrooms and 4½ baths.
What sets this home apart is its unusual but very appealing floor plan. The house is divided into two sections, connected by a breezeway.
In the forward, or main part of the house nearest the entry, there are two bedrooms—downstairs and upstairs masters. Most of the living spaces are in this section, which includes a formal living room with fireplace and an eat-in kitchen.
Across the breezeway, which is bright and attractive with windows, another fireplace and secondary living area, there is the second wing of the house. Three remaining bedrooms are housed there. The arrangement of bedrooms here–two masters at one end and three guest rooms at the other–is a little odd but the general principle is sound and very desirable.
Separating owners’ and guests’ quarters in separate wings is great architecture that provides the right mix of privacy and intimacy for a variety of living arrangements, including multi-generation families. Buyers in the Hamptons are often quick to learn that they had more friends, and sometimes more relatives, than they knew who are eager to see their new home, preferably around a long holiday weekend. Living quarters in separate wings is both an encouragement and a relief.