Modern-style homes bring the outdoors in with open layouts, high ceilings and walls of glass. Clean lines, curves and angles often define the interior, while exterior elements are all about wood, steel, metal and glass. And some of the designs are as far away from symmetrical as you can get.
While the architectural style is not as common on Long Island as Colonials, Capes and split-levels, many customers love them, especially once inside, says Justin Agnello of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is marketing an East Hampton home with modern style. He says the property has been receiving praise from potential buyers, noting modern-style homes are becoming more popular in the Hamptons and often sell quickly.
On the North Shore, Kasia Doherty of Douglas Elliman Real Estate says she is enthusiastic about her Lloyd Harbor listing -- a 6,000-square-foot house. "I love the lines," Doherty says. The design reminds her of the work of architect Richard Meier, she says. Though not designed by the famed architect, she says, "Meier brilliantly took the vocabulary of modernism, stripped it of its harshness and spun it into objects of almost breathtaking beauty."
Here's a quick sample of what's available on Long Island right now.
Baiting Hollow, 2 Cliff Way, $1.388 million
Views of the Long Island Sound are maximized from the roof deck of this tri-level modern-style house, which was recently built on a bluff. Made of mahogany, the deck is accessible from an exterior spiral staircase that connects to the third level. Though windows are throughout the house, the rear, which faces the water, is lined with French doors, the agent says.
An upside-down house, the lower level contains a guest bedroom with a bathroom, as well as the laundry room and the mechanicals, while another three bedrooms, two full baths with marble floors and a balcony are on the next level. The top floor contains a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen with Italian cabinets.
Much attention was dedicated to the landscape, which was graded to avoid erosion, the agent says. A stairway leading to the beach was also installed. Dennis Blachut, Signature Premier Properties. 631-988-1269.
East Hampton, 42 Landfall Rd., $1.695 million
Built in 2014, this sleek modern-style house is the work of Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture. With offices in Seattle and Palm Springs, Pardo works on residential, commercial and hospitality projects worldwide. Of this home, listing agent Justin Agnello says, "It's an interesting construction. The land slopes in the back, and they had to find the perfect spot for it." Set privately on almost one acre, the house is about 3,200 square feet with an open layout.
The master suite as well as the living room, dining room, kitchen, office and half-bath occupy the main level, where there are three sets of sliding glass doors. A fireplace is visible from both the dining and living areas. Going up to the next level, where a balcony can be accessed through sliding glass doors, there are multiple living spaces and a junior master suite. There are five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a half bath.
The finished basement -- both above and below grade -- has a recreation room. Back outside, there is an outdoor shower and an 18-by-40-foot in-ground heated pool. Gardiners Bay is one block away. Justin Agnello and Hara Kang, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-267-7334 and 347-610-0065, respectively.
Lloyd Harbor, 32 Fort Hill Dr., $2.050 million
This 6,000-square-foot modern home was built in 1981. It showcases glass, metal and wood that is almost invariably white in color, light in feeling and exceptionally elegant in composition, says listing agent Kasia Doherty.
Featuring an open floor plan, soaring ceilings and walls of glass, tremendous views of the secluded 2.34-acre parcel are throughout. There's a fireplace in the family room, while the white kitchen with block glass is sleek, Doherty says. Of eight rooms, four are bedrooms. There are five bathrooms and a half bath, as well as a finished basement.
Bordering a nature preserve, the property is landscaped with an in-ground heated saltwater pool and an accompanying sauna. The Fort Hill Beach Association, with tennis courts and mooring rights, is nearby. And if the place looks familiar, that's because a couple of episodes of "Royal Pains" were filmed in the house, Doherty says. Kasia Doherty, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-350-3515.
244 Bay Walk, Fire Island Pines $2.995 million
When Robbie Regina and Gene Kagan were in the market for a modern-style beach house with a Malibu feeling, they hired architect Alexander Baer of Jenkins Baer Associates in Baltimore to design and decorate this bayfront home in Fire Island Pines. Built in 2010 on a 75-by-104-foot lot facing the Great South Bay, the home has a classic modern layout with an open floor plan and soaring ceilings. "It's all glass to appreciate the views of the bay -- you feel like you are floating on the water," says Regina. The house, which is offered fully furnished, has a chef's kitchen with two dishwashers as well as four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bath. Outside, there are gardens, sundecks and an in-ground heated pool with an electric pool cover. Doreen Katen, Fire Island Properties, 631-597-7000.
Mill Neck, 789 Connecticut View Dr., $778,000
Built into the hillside, this custom modern home is California-inspired, says listing agent Ann Roberts, adding, "It's so open and spacious." Offering winter waterviews of Mill Neck Bay, the home has walls of windows across the front as well as in other spaces. Each window has a different view, Roberts says. The upside-down house features a living room with a fireplace, a four-seasons room, an updated kitchen, dining room and master suite on the upper level. Another three bedrooms, including one with a balcony, are on the lower level. There are three decks, three bathrooms and a half-bath. Set on a 100-by-100-foot lot, the house comes with beach and mooring rights. Ann Roberts, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-313-0061.