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This contemporary, shingle-style beach house is a retreat for empty nesters. The nature of the property necessitated careful attention to environmental concerns, FEMA requirements, and the installation of extensive subterranean drainage. Supported by 72 steel-encased concrete pilings, this 8,500-square-foot home was designed and built to capture the stunning 180-degree views due to its prime location.

The exterior shingle siding and wood shake roof are complimented by the stone veneered foundation. Custom mahogany and glass windows meeting requirements for a hurricane zone offer virtually continuous views on the water side of the house. A bluestone terrace extends from the back of the house and features a swimming pool, also built on pilings, and a mahogany pergola.

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An oil and stone driveway leads from the street to a circular parking terrace. The entry portico, balanced by bluestone steps, shelters the full-height glass entryway. The transparency of the front entrance allows for an uninterrupted view through the main gallery and living room, which also has full-height banks of windows and glass doors. The warmth of the antique French limestone, installed on the diagonal in the main gallery, balances the clean lines of the custom paneled walls and coffered ceiling.

The master suite anchors the east end of the house with a sitting room, custom his and hers closets, a light-filled bedroom with ship lapped walls, and a study with custom built-ins. The master bathroom is outfitted with custom cabinetry and millwork, a steam shower, free-standing tub, and marble and glass medicine cabinets.

Just outside the master suite, a staircase floats in the center of a light-filled hallway with a guest powder room tucked under the stairs. The front and back walls are constructed of full-height window banks, and the side walls are lined with ship lap. The second floor features four guest bedroom suites, a gym with exercise room flooring, maids’ quarters, a laundry room, and a mechanical room. A sophisticated sound attenuation flooring system upstairs, along with carpeted floors, creates a sound barrier. This open-web truss floor system also encloses intra-floor mechanicals.

Surrounded by mature plantings, this fully modern house appears to have always been part of the Long Island Sound landscape.