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  • Seen from Cranberry Hole Road, it rears up from the dunescape like a boxy brown whale with peaked flippers. On closer inspection, the large, honey-colored wood box turns out to be part of an idiosyncratic modern house that takes advantage of its site on the edge of a nature preserve in Amagansett.

  • Dawn Lesh and John Czepiel have a passion for collecting things. Although their modern house in Wainscott is filled with artwork, primarily of local scenes by local artists, she has been amassing objects for it since it was completed in 1987 that go beyond art or antiques, and he has been adding to the gardens and woodland areas that surround it.

  • After 20 years of living on Sag Harbor’s Redwood Road, which skirts the shores of a cove-surrounded peninsula just west of downtown, Suzanne McNear decided she’d had enough. Her house was too big, too empty, and too difficult in its upkeep, dating as it did to not long after the birth of the nation. And then there were those damaged floors courtesy of Superstorm Sandy.

  • You might say that this edition of The East Hampton Star HomeBook is dedicated to teardowns. 

    No, not because any of the houses we are featuring are about to be demolished, or because any of them rose from the ashes of demolition, but because they have survived this 21st-century trend toward extinction.

    So, here’s to houses worth saving!

  • A humble cottage avoided the fate of many of the South Fork's vernacular buildings and was moved from Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton to a one-acre plot on the west side of Town Line Road in Sagaponack. Among its secrets: wine-cork traces of a tenant long gone.
  • In an era in which too much is never enough — as ostentatiously expressed in new and reconstructed residences built to the absolute maximum size allowed by zoning — a wooded one-acre-plus parcel in Springs is an oasis of playfulness.

  • In 2011, after looking at 125 houses — some, admittedly, online — Tracy Jamar, an artist, and Monty Silver, a retired talent agent whose agency represented Jon Voight, Roy Scheider, Celeste Holm, Laurence Fishburne, and others, received a call from a friend in real estate who exclaimed, “You’ve got to come quick. You’ve got to come quick.

  • “I’m a view person,” Susan Dusenberry said not long ago, and it’s true. She has four.

  • Nestled among houses just north of Montauk Highway in a neighborhood known as Ludlow Greens in Bridgehampton is a covered wooden bridge, which creates a bucolic vista and surprises those who come across it for the first time.

  • Down a long, narrow driveway running past the historic Thomas Halsey Homestead in Southampton, Leslie and George Biddle’s weekend and summer retreat is a rambling Victorian full of quirky and fanciful details in its many rooms, porches, and spaces.

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