Lined with grand coastal getaways, Southampton’s Gin Lane dates to the days of America’s Gilded Age, when prominent families began building summer homes on Long Island in order to escape the city and enjoy the refreshing Atlantic waves. Widely considered the finest oceanfront estate in the area, this impressive property—whose history involves legendary architect Stanford White—recalls the refinement of a bygone era while exuding sophisticated modern seaside style.
Southampton, New York | Bruce Grant & Harald Grant, Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage
The two classic shingled homes here—a main residence of nearly 11,000 square feet and its accompanying guesthouse—are filled with the singular light for which the Hamptons are revered and enveloped by manicured hedges, emerald lawn, and vibrant mature landscaping. Each makes the most of its enviable location, with spaces that flow gracefully, effortlessly to outdoor living areas and its own custom Gunite swimming pool. The four-acre grounds also offer an all-weather tennis court and 400 feet of dune-lined bulkheaded beachfront.
Spaces throughout the interiors of each home exemplify coastal charm and were designed to welcome sunlight and fresh ocean breezes. In its chic aesthetic, an organic palette blends warm earthy tones with bright whites, and fine finishes catch the eye throughout—herringbone-pattered brick floors, timeless moldings and trim, Palladian and transom windows, ornate ceiling treatments, and classical columns. In both residences, French doors open from room to room and from stylish indoors to the glorious outdoors.
In addition to featuring formal living and dining rooms, expertly outfitted kitchens, and abundant private quarters—most with en suite baths—the homes allocate space for relaxation and recreation. Both include gyms, saunas, and multiple outdoor spaces, while the guesthouse also offers a theater and a billiards room with a handsome wood bar. Nearly every perfectly positioned window affords a coveted view of the rarefied oceanside setting. Beyond it all, a path winds through flourishing rosa rugosa and sandy dunes to a wonderful beach and the waters of the Atlantic, which have forever been the area’s allure.