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Rich Cribs: Architect's Japan-inspired Centre Island home

Architect Benjamin C. Thompson, creator of the marketplace

Architect Benjamin C. Thompson, creator of the marketplace at Manhattan's South Street Seaport, designed a Japanese-style home on Centre Island that's listed in December 2013 for $8.25 million. (Credit: Handout)

Architect Benjamin C. Thompson, creator of the festival marketplaces at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport and Baltimore’s Harborplace, designed this home in Centre Island. On the market for $8.25 million, the 1955 house reflects a Japanese aesthetic, beginning with  a  rock garden and landscaped koi pond at the entrance.

Located on a little more than 18 acres with more than 500 feet of waterfront along Cold Spring Harbor, the house’s Nipponese cultural influence continues inside with an L-shaped first-level floor plan, including a living room, eat-in kitchen and dining room with sliding screens. A spiral staircase leads to a library, en suite master bedroom and study on the second level.

Nature is a big part of the decor, with lofty views of the water and stands of trees via sliding glass doors that access outdoor decks on both levels.


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The house has six bedrooms. There’s also a separate Japanese-style pool house, again with walls featuring sliding glass doors, plus two additional bedrooms. “It is a great space,” says Anne Kerr, listing agent with Joseph Barnett at Piping Rock Associates.

Other features include three fireplaces, an indoor lap pool, caretaker’s cottage and attached three-car garage with an apartment.

Tags: Rich Cribs , South Street Seaport , Benjamin C. Thompson , Centre Island , koi pond , Piping Rock Associates

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