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Literature classes have familiarized readers worldwide with the aesthetics and mystique of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of 1920s life among the young jet set of Long Island’s Gold Coast. In many ways, the modern-day Hamptons represent what that character’s stomping grounds represented in its time—ease, prestige, luxury, enduring style, and proximity to the hypnotic, diverting waters of the sea.
East Hampton, New York | Marilyn Clark and Ginger Thoerner, Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage
Not long after the book’s publication, this enchanting home in East Hampton was built, and today, after decades of loving and painstaking stewardship by three generations of the same family, it conjures faint notions of a bygone era—of delightful times spent relaxing and celebrating steps from and in view of the ocean. The residence sits on 2.08 acres between Georgica Pond—an area landmark—and the Atlantic. From one of the village’s most desirable lanes, a long drive winds past trees and tall privacy hedges to a timeless nine-bedroom residence of iconic Shingle style.
The tranquility of days gone by, richly hued wide-plank hardwood floors, and plentiful windows pervade the bright, breezy, cheerful interiors, which include a stately library with wood-paneled walls, beamed ceilings, and a fireplace; a gloriously light-filled dining room with a wide window; a comfortable sunroom with soothing warm hues; a charming kitchen with a vintage ambience; and nine peaceful bedrooms. Nearby is a three-bedroom guesthouse with a similar period style, its own parking area, a brick patio, and an upper-level viewing deck.
The interiors of the main home give way to a cool covered patio perfect for suspending a hammock and a sunny open-air deck ideal for lounging and entertaining. Another small, inviting covered patio gazes out into the greenery and a picnic area beneath a storybook tree, beyond which is a path leading to garden gate.
All around are emerald lawns, mature trees, and hedges that create seclusion for the chic swimming pool. Steps away through numerous routes—including a fairytale walkway with an ivy-draped archway—are a dune-top sitting space nestled amid thriving sea grasses, some 160 feet of broad white sandy beach, and the majestic blue waters of the ocean.