One Story Near the Coast

One Story Near the Coast

This 3200 sq. ft. house just 4 tenths of a mile from the coast, is modest in size, especially when compared to so many on the Hamptons, but it’s price tag is about 1/6th the price of yesterdays house, and at $3,850,000, this cottage charmer is no less inviting. Yesterdays home was just one year old. This one was built in 1900, but has been restored and renovated to provide the owner with all the amenities one would expect and enjoy. This house says kids, dogs, friends and with “welcome” written all over it. Rain or shine, it offers cozy spaces, with multiple fireplaces, 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, as well as an “over the top” pool house, all on about an acre of beautiful lawn and gardens. I could settle in here easily.

What an inviting and manageable outdoor area. I love the bluestone around the pool and the dry stacked stone with stone stairs leading to an L shaped covered porch.


If you look closely you can see the poorhouse at the far end of the pool. Unfortunately, while the pergola provides structure and welcome shade, we can’t see it very well!

Just a part of the kitchen, but a lovely cottage kitchen it is, yet with modern stainless steel commercial appliances. Don’t you just love the old butchen block island? The breakfast area is just beyond and past the refrigerator.

A view into the Family room with a stone fireplace, one of several. Original old beams on the ceiling. Hanging the Roman shades high up helps to create the feeling of taller ceiling heights.

Another fireplace welcomes family and friends into the dining room. The dining room chairs are mismatched, yet work to create sophisticated cottage charm. Here the chair backs connect visually to the wicker chairs and sisal carpets in adjoining family and living rooms.

What an inviting room. The continuity of the use of white walls, red and white textiles, with brown (furniture, wood floors,Roman Shades and ceiling beams) ties all the room together. Sisal carpet is also used extensively and is so practical in beach homes.

Stained bead board in the same brown tones throughout the house, sets the stage for this comfortable study-sitting room. The use of the white shutters inside, operable for creating privacy, is a nice cottage touch.

The use of red with some black accents creates warmth and coziness in fairly good sized master bedroom. Bead board was used in this bedroom.

I really like this bedroom. Lots of patterns but harmonious because the texture and scale are varied, with blue bringing it all together. Love the old brass bed.

Bead board and ceiling beams in another bedroom, spacious and bright, with a wonderful couch for cuddling with kids, spouse or a good book from off the bookcase shelf. The use of red continues.

Here we see the ceilings in the bead board in an upstairs loft bedroom. Red ticking covers the mattresses with red in the stripped rugs. Don’t we all love these kinds of spaces? I remember as a youngster sleeping under the eaves and listening to the rain as it lulled us to sleep at the lake or bay house.

Gorgeous heart pine covered walls create one of the period cottage bathrooms. Bead board below, soft blue vanity cabinet and adorable “Pony Farm” towels. Notice the use of the shutters in here as well. Soak in the tub and watch a favorite TV show on the TV tucked up in the corner.

View of the pool area from the back porch of the house. Like that they carried the color red to the outdoors, connecting inside and outside.

Another view, this of the garden and formal hedges and lawn area.



The weekend is here and we are in the 90’s. I have a new garden project to share. Some gals ask for a big rock for their finger, and although they are very nice, I got the rock, and then some that I wished for thanks to KBJ, and a whole lot of topsoil as well. Exciting things to come! Laters, charisse


  1. I want one!!

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