It would be pretty cool to live in a house in the Hamptons designed by the architect Charles Gwathmey, but it would be even cooler to live in a house that Gwathmey built for himself. That opportunity now exists, now that 130 Bluff Road in Amagansett has gone on the market, with a price tag of $4,850,000 and represented by Douglas Elliman.
In addition to this being one of only two properties on Bluff Road with a grandfathered tennis court on a 1-acre lot, there are 5 bedrooms and 3 baths inside 1,934 square feet. The living area has a soaring double-height ceiling with large windows on all sides. The residence has two levels with ocean views from the roof deck—the Atlantic is only a quarter-mile away. The exterior offers plenty of open space to entertain and an in-ground swimming pool.
This was the private residence of Gwathmey, who passed away in 2009. The North Carolina native—the son of the painter Robert Gwathmey and the photographer Rosalie Gwathmey—studied under the legendary architect Paul Rudolph at Yale University. His first foray in the Hamptons came in 1965 when, not yet a licensed architect, he designed a house and studio for his parents in Amagansett. The result revolutionized beach house design.
During the next 12 years, having obtained the required license, Gwathmey designed 21 houses and renovations, several of them in the Hamptons. In subsequent years his firm, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, did commercial projects too, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami and the Astor Place Tower and the renovation of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Along the way, Gwathmey collected many prestigious awards and found time to teach at the Pratt Institute, among other institutions.
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