A 1970s East Hampton modernist house with a view that inspired Jackson Pollock has hit the market for $11.5 m via Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton.
The weathered cypress-clad Long Island property is beside the scenic Accabonac Harbor estuary in Springs hamlet. It is just down the road from the abstract expressionist artist’s house and studio, where he created his famous ‘drip’ painting series in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Architect Hamilton Smith built the coastal property for his family in 1974 while he was a partner at Marcel Breuer’s architecture practice. It has a strict, rectangular plan that channels Breuer’s functional style and appears to float above the ground thanks to its stilted design.
The two-bedroom lateral East Hampton house is mostly open plan. Its horizontal reception room has low-level seating that emphasises its long proportions and a glazed façade capturing bright light and panoramic coastal views. Three adjoining decked terraces offer the best spots for big-sky sunset views and birdwatching.
Access to its 4.63-acre grounds is down a wooden external staircase with a picture window that opens onto a seating area beneath the house. A private boardwalk meanders over tidal marshland, ending in a bench overlooking the bay. There is a two-bedroom guest cottage, too, with bright, pitched living spaces and two artist’s studios.
The Pollock-Krasner House and Studio, where Pollock spent his last decade living and working with his abstract artist wife, Lee Krasner, is now a museum complete with his paint-splattered studio. East Hampton’s Springs is a longtime artist’s colony and was once a hub for abstract expressionist artists that drew the likes of Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline.