Home Tour: A Stately Sagaponack Abode
by mike olson
In addition to this great room, the main house has nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a media room, two solaria, and two kitchens
The moment you turn off Sagg Main Road and head up the curvy driveway that winds its way through landscaped wild meadows, it’s as if you’re in another world. Once you reach the Provençal village square fountain after the quarter-mile journey, the houses reveal themselves. “They’re very reminiscent of something you find in Europe,” says Corcoran Senior Vice President Mala Sander of this special estate. “It’s not something you would expect to find in the Hamptons.”
True, it’s like living in a fairy tale—albeit, one that puts you mere minutes from the best the East End has to offer. Built in 1998, the main and guest residences at 676 and 728 Sagg Road exude Old World charm, which provides the class of Sagaponack North and an elegant alternative to many of the new construction options in the area.
The natural beauty displayed on the approach to the main house doesn’t end at the driveway. Look around, and you’ll take in grounds that seem like Europe: manicured lawns, secret gardens, and, in a nod to the home front, an apple orchard. Inside, the main residence, with its extraordinary windows that afford views of the lush surroundings, is at one with these pristine five-plus acres. “You can see gardens from bedrooms, from the living area, from the patios,” says Sander as she describes a walk through the home. “It’s very pretty, almost magical.”
While the views are something to behold, so is the house itself: It has nine bedrooms (including a master suite with a fireplace and two additional bedroom suites), 10 bathrooms, a great room, a media room, two solaria, and two kitchens (one for cooking and another for prep) that make this the ideal home to host private dinner parties. “It works well for large groups and is the perfect entertaining house,” Sander says. “It has a foyer and receiving room with a bar, and you can comfortably fit 32 at a sit-down dinner. It has every elegant amenity you can imagine.”
The property also includes a guest cottage that has five bedrooms of its own (two of which have separate entrances to accommodate live-in staff), a living room with a fireplace, and its own secluded backyard with an herb garden, patio, and 75-foot pool.
Spend enough time in the estate’s secret gardens—or even the secret tunnel that links the four-car garage to the main residence and doubles as a wine cellar—and it’s easy to believe you’re in another world. But in reality, 676 and 728 Sagg Road sit just north of Route 27. “It’s somewhat between two larger towns,” says Julie Greene, archivist and curator of the Bridgehampton Historical Society.
While the charming historic culture and ocean waves are just five minutes to the south in Bridgehampton, the estate is equally close to all Sag Harbor offers to the north as well. “With the proximity to Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton, you’re in the middle of everything,” says Sander. “You’re right near horseback riding; you’re near the ocean; you’re near the villages. You’re a world away and yet in the middle of it all.”
And, though this estate, with its gambrel rooflines and cedar shingles, may not be in the tradition of the Salt Box and Greek Revival styles that are synonymous with Bridgehampton, the historian can appreciate what 676 and 728 Sagg Road means in a time when contemporary, glass-covered homes are just as easy to build. “There are definitely ways that new architecture can pay homage to architecture from the turn of the 20th century,” Greene says of the design. “That’s always a nice thing to see.”
Sanders says, “It is so tasteful, refined, and elegant.” She is confident a buyer will appreciate this perfectly proportioned, designed, and decorated home. “It’s not for somebody who wants to scream that they’ve arrived.” Indeed, at 676 and 728 Sagg Road, you’re already there.
photography by Chris Foster