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SHOWCASE OPEN HOUSe

A traditional gambrel-roofed home, now under construction in Water Mill, is going to have quite the open house when it is soon completed -- it's the site of this year's Hamptons Designer Showcase, an annual fundraising event for Southampton Hospital that opens July 21.

The rooms will be blank canvases for some 18 design firms to create their magic. "It is an impressive house," says listing agent Emily Demone of The Corcoran Group.

The almost-6,200-square-foot house, which is listed for $5,295,000, has six bedrooms and 51/2 baths. There's a professional-grade kitchen with a breakfast room, a formal dining room, great room, den and living room. Other features include coffered ceilings, three fireplaces and a full finished basement. The 2.08-acre property features an in-ground gunite pool with a spa and a tennis court.


SANDS POINT CONTEMPORARY

A 10-room contemporary home in Sands Point, on the market for $2,799,000, has a surprising feature in the backyard -- a Japanese waterfall garden.

When homeowner Reuben Seguritan bought the house in 1987, he called upon landscape designer Hal Inouye to create a waterfall feature for the in-ground pool. The designer took advantage of the sloping backyard to create a natural stream that rushes 20 feet down a bed of rocks, then flows into a pond that overflows into the pool, producing a waterfall effect.

Other features of the five-bedroom, 41/2-bath home include an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, den, two fireplaces, seven skylights, including one in the master bath, a deck off the master bedroom and an attached three-car garage. There is also a tennis court on the 2.45-acre property.

The listing agent is Ruben Velasco of RSV Properties.


'TREEHOUSE' IN SHOREHAM

This eight-room Shoreham Contemporary, which is set off the road on a wooded one-plus-acre lot, is affectionately referred to as a treehouse by owner Rose Imperial-Rodriguez.

"From the living room and dining room, you feel like you are outside, high in the trees," Imperial-Rodriguez says, noting the same applies for the loft area, which is used as a playroom.

The second floor has two walls of windows -- they have sliding-glass doors across the bottom that open to a large wraparound deck, as well as oversized windows on top.

The house, which is being marketed for $790,000 by Belinda Bender of Little Bay Realty, was built in 1969 by Geysa Sarkany, an architect from the village. During construction, great lengths were taken to avoid destroying vegetation, says Imperial-Rodriguez.

When Rose and her husband, Robert Rodriguez, purchased the house seven years ago, they fulfilled their dream of having an indoor pool built. "We had it in our head that it would be cool to have an indoor pool, but you want to be outside in the summer," Imperial-Rodriguez says.

Well, they now have both -- the heated saltwater mineral pool has a dome cover that opens. The pool is accessible from the master bedroom and from a guest room. "All the pumps are in the garage, so you don't have to lie in bed listening to something chugging away," Bender says.

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