An artist's retreat in the Shinnecock Hills. Enjoy the golden dawns and the long shadows at dusk in this artist's home on nearly two acres of pine and hardwood trees. A birder's paradise, the property regularly attracts two dozen species and migratory visitors abound in the fall. This hilltop home has been in the same family since 1958 and has been carefully reimagined over the years to accommodate several generations. And now, it's ready for your family, providing privacy in three wings, each with a full bathroom. The expansive living room is at the center of it all, flowing into a generous dining room surrounded by windows, allowing sunlight and cool breezes to bring the outside in. Of course, central air conditioning is available for those few hot days of summer, but this location is known for its cool nights and you'll want to sleep with the windows open to hear the trees rustling in the gentle wind as the crickets sing to you. (You may find yourself sleeping with a quilt in August!) A second-floor large artist's open-plan studio is also surrounded by windows and is flooded with natural light. A sitting room adjourns the studio; a large maple stands outside the bow window, providing a treehouse experience for those who need a little time to read quietly. You don't have to bring the books, however. The house has hundreds from which to select including murder mysteries, spy thrillers, "beach" novels, classic literature, dozens of children's books, biographies, history, essay collections and cookbooks. And, of course, a fair number of books on birds. (If you're expecting aged relatives or those with difficulty managing smaller spaces, a new, handicapped-accessible bathroom is steps away from a large bedroom. A discrete wheelchair ramp allows easily access to the home.) An eat-in country kitchen opens up to the propane grill on the 40-foot deck, making dining al fresco easy as you finish your day. Or cook a three-course meal and serve it on the mid-century modern Swedish dining table that can seat 12. The house is furnished with vintage Knoll furniture, and abstract and representational art provide a feast for the eyes. Of course, you may be too exhausted for much food prep after a long day swimming in and lounging by the 20X40 fully landscaped pool. Located about 50 feet from the house, the pool is a private oasis in the woods. Hawks, osprey and seagulls fly overhead as you float under a magnificent oak with branches soaring high above. Want to spread your own wings and go to the beach? Meschutt Beach on the Peconic Bay is 6 minutes away. Prefer the ocean? Cooper's Beach is a 10-minute drove, and Ponquogue Beach, in Hampton Bays, the owner's favorite, is 15 minutes. (And the view from the Ponquogue Bridge enroute to the beach is the best on Long Island.) Need to run to the grocery store or the surf shop? Hampton Bays and the village of Southampton are both 9-minute drives. Access to the Sunrise Highway is around the corner (and there's no traffic to get there!) If you need to go to a big box store, they're all 20 minutes away in Riverhead. Another 10 minutes and you're driving down sun-dappled roads on the North Fork, home to many Long Island wineries and old-fashioned farm stands. This house is perfectly located to enjoy all of this and so much more. Tennis, golf, nature preserves, marinas, parks and seafood restaurants are available in every direction. Come rent all the comforts of home and enjoy access to every resort amenity that makes the Hamptons one of the playgrounds of the world.
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