Sotheby’s Harald Grant on the Minimalist Home Trend

August 01, 2014 | by mike olson | Real Estate

Sotheby’s International Realty’s Harald Grant sees a move to modern and minimalist architecture.

Harald Grant

“Life is becoming more simple, and that’s reflecting in the architecture,” says Harald Grant, the senior global real estate advisor and associate broker who has been with Sotheby’s International Realty’s Southampton office for over 25 years. “There is a trend toward more minimalist and modern architecture.” And considering Grant has marshaled more than $2 billion in sales during his career, there is little reason to doubt him.

In Grant’s view, much of this can be chalked up to the fact that the savvy East End buyer is realizing that less can truly be more, particularly when it comes to the architectural details of modern and minimalist homes, which prioritize natural light and open space. “It’s an open-floor plan and its not as confined because it doesn’t have all the moldings and walls,” Grant explains. “I think you can make a 5,000-square-foot modernist home feel as spacious as an 8,000-square-foot traditional.”

Case in point: the Roger Ferriss-designed, ultramodern home on Peconic Bay in Sag Harbor that Grant just sold for more than the full asking price of $13 million. Multiple offers came in on the waterfront property, in no small part because of its floating staircase (a focal point you won’t find in a traditional) and glass walls that show off the property’s breathtaking vistas. “What’s nice about these homes is the architects are really magnifying the views, whether it’s farm fields or water,” says Grant. “You feel you’re part of the outdoors. It’s a fabulous way of building.” 50 Nugent St., Southampton, 283-0600

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