Ocean views and a woodland setting align at this modernist timber ‘treehouse’ in East Hampton.
The post-and-beam was built in the mid-80s and is quite unusual for the Hamptons, which is better known for its Colonial revival, shingle and farmhouse-style homes – and of course, its sleek contemporary mansions.
The Treehouse features an ‘upside down’ layout that makes the most of its far-reaching views: the kitchen and shared spaces, including a large deck area, peek out over the tree canopy at eye-level and south onto the swimming pool and fire pit in the garden below.
‘To me, the house has a mystical quality to it’, says current owner Max Vallot. The founder of sports eyewear brand District Vision, he regularly welcomes friends to his cabin-like home for yoga retreats. ‘Meditating on the second-floor deck feels like I’m floating on top of an ocean of trees. I totally lose my sense of time.’
Pine interiors lend the rooms a treehouse vibe without feeling too rustic, thanks in part to 14-ft-high vaulted ceilings and contemporary furnishings, which hone the modern vibe.
The three-bedroom East Hampton property is cocooned by trees on its 1.4-acre plot, but the zen home is just minutes to Sag Harbor and the beach. It’s co-listed with Esteban Gomez of Compass and Jane Babcook of Brown Harris Stevens for $1.55m.
There’s an opportunity for its new owner to leave their mark too: the pool-front lower level is ripe for entertaining and there’s also ample space to add a fourth potential bedroom or a tennis court on the grounds.