Architect Horace Gifford helped transform Fire Island into a modernist mecca in the 1960s, designing no less than 63 homes in the gay hotspot.
His timber home at 46 Schooner Walk is among his last, according to the WSJ, and is part of the Summer Club condominium community in Ocean Beach. The New York property is offered for sale at $3.75m via Compass – currently the most expensive on the island buffer community.
Gifford pioneered sustainable design before it was en vogue, crafting site-responsive, pavilion homes on the island community from cedar and glass. The Schooner bears those hallmarks with four floor-to-ceiling arched windows peering onto the beach.
Barrel-vaulted timber ceilings and walls create a seamless material palette across the five-bedroom beachfront home, whose living spaces expand over 2,359 sq ft and tumble onto wraparound decks.
Elsewhere in the community, Horace Gifford’s 1975 Sail Walk home is for rent via Vinnie Petrarca Fire Island Real Estate.