Post and Beam Perfection on 4.1 Acres in Water Mill

To anyone who ever left a door open as a kid and heard the sarcastic refrain, “Do you live in a barn?” — here’s your chance to have the last laugh. In Water Mill, the cedar-sided beauty at 1833 Deerfield Road, set high on 4.1 verdant acres, is new to the market. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the gated, 2,100-square-foot traditional offers an uncommon mix of post-and-beam stoutness and designer detailing. The home dates to 1981, but it benefitted from a top-to-bottom renovation and reconfiguration in 2016. And the results are exquisite.

The vaulted main floor features a bright open kitchen with island seating, a relaxed dining space, and a spiral staircase leading to a groovy loft bedroom. The sky-lit living area charms with a fireplace, walls of built-in bookshelves, and sliding-door access to a broad wraparound deck that’s positively made for summertime schmoozing.

On the lower level, the master suite opens to a private stone terrace with a breezy seating area, a pair of hammocks, and an outdoor shower. Across the yard, there’s a heated gunite pool in a park-like setting masterfully designed by the late landscape architect Jack deLashmet, author of the revered volume, Hamptons Gardens (Assouline, 2011).

Naturally, there’s room for imaginative expansion here, including space for a pool house and a tennis court. Also, interestingly, the sprawling property includes a separate structure — originally used as a three-car garage — that is fairly begging to be re-imagined as a creative studio space.

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