For $3.3M, a Fire Island compound with modernist main home and 1960s beach cottage

For $3.3M, a Fire Island compound with modernist main home and 1960s beach cottage

October 5, 2022

All photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

In the rugged Fire Island Pines, a mid-century modern home designed by a famed architect is for sale. Asking $2,350,000, the four-bedroom residence was built in 1964 by Horace Gifford, who developed dozens of cedar-and-glass beach homes now synonymous with the area, and underwent a major renovation in 2010. An opportunity to build the ultimate retreat, the property’s separate, charming beach cottage is also for sale, listed at $975,000.

Renovated in 2010 to add modern upgrades, the main home measures a little over 1,600 square feet and contains four bedrooms, three full baths, and two half baths. Flanked by windows and sliding glass doors, the main living and dining areas are flooded with light and connected to the abundant nature surrounding the property.

Wooden beamed ceilings and white oak paneling are found throughout, a contemporary element added during the renovation to brighten the space and complement the home’s black-painted exterior. There’s also direct deck and swimming pool access.

In the modernized and well-equipped kitchen, black IKEA cabinets stand out against the floor-to-ceiling oak. Light streams through the windowed backsplash during sunset, when the “entire kitchen” glows, as owners Gabe Brotman and Thomas Gensemer told Architectural Digest in 2021.

The corner primary bedroom seemingly suspends over the lush front yard. This space boasts an en-suite bath and a closet. On the other end facing the rear, is a similarly sized bedroom with an en-suite bath and access to the private backyard space.

The resort-like outdoor space features a solar-heated swimming pool, a hot tub, and plenty of places to lounge and entertain. The home has also been conveniently winterized for year-round use.

The tucked-away cottage is located at the back of the lot, surrounded by trees and wildlife. The largely unchanged home was built in the early 1960s and had only a single owner, a “book editor” who was known as being a “sweet but reclusive neighbor,” Brotman told Architectural Digest. The couple bought the home and slightly renovated the interiors, but maintained its rustic bungalow charm, painting the exterior black to unify it with the main residence.

The cottage has three bedrooms, a bathroom, an open floor plan, and a front and rear deck. To keep things cozy during the off-season, there’s also a wood-burning stove.

The two Fire Island Pines properties can be purchased together or individually.

[Listing details: 617 Shore Walk by Glenn Rice of Brown Harris Stevens]

[Listing details: 618 Shore Walk by Glenn Rice of Brown Harris Stevens]


All photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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