A beachfront home in Quogue proves that the best place to experience the ocean is inside.
Comprising three lots totaling nearly four acres, with an impressive 272 feet of ocean frontage, this is one of the largest oceanfront properties in the area.
Cutting-edge architects know that the best thing an oceanfront house can do is get out of the way. But the spectacular new construction at 212 Dune Road is anything but shy. Its architects and designers embraced the challenge of creating a home that constantly facilitates a connection to the outdoors.
“The house was designed to be elevated so that there are direct water views from both the main level and the second level,” explains Andrew Sheinman of Pembrooke & Ives (330 W. 38th St., Ste. 1001, New York, 212-995-0555), the lead architecture firm on the project. “Much of the design intent was centered around the connection to the water and dunes and a desire to maximize views and create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors.”
The second-level bar has seating that faces outward to maximize the view of the ocean.
The materials, colors, and clean lines all work toward those ends.
“The living room walls are an extension of the exterior stone,” says Sheinman, “and the color of the sand is translated through the use of materials such as onyx and champagne lacquer.”
The owner—who originally built the house for himself but decided to put it on the market—brought in a feng shui expert. “You can feel this free-flowing space,” says Michael Cantwell, chief marketing officer of Bespoke Real Estate, which represents the property. “From the art to the furniture to the flow of the house, every detail is over the top.”
While a connection to the outside is essential, the house still maintains a sense of seclusion. “The orientation of the property, the rooftop decks and terraces, and the many walls of glass optimize views of the ocean and bay while keeping a feeling of privacy at the highest level,” notes Cantwell.
Meticulous architectural choices lend the home a unique character that could be described as grandiose. “The staircase is a dramatic design element with a hidden structure that gives the illusion that it is floating,” explains Sheinman. “Large-scale windows create a glass jewel box where one can see both the bay and the ocean as one ascends and descends the stairs.”
The double-height living room, with its broad glass windows and doors, introduces plenty of bay air and beach light.
At every turn, the connection to the outdoors is the commanding presence. Floor-to-ceiling glass on both sides of the living room and a long dramatic boardwalk to the beach never fail to draw people to the ocean, and that attraction is felt upon entering.
“The entry gives a glimpse of the house and the water beyond,” says Sheinman, “curating and setting the tone for the entire experience.”
212 Dune Road is listed for $26.9 million and represented by Zachary and Cody Vichinsky at Bespoke Real Estate, 903 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 500-9030.