CHINESE GARDENS. For those seeking tranquillity, a 10,000-square-foot manse in Bridgehampton might be suitable. More than a decade ago, Chinese-American artist Jian Guo Xu was commissioned to incorporate his vision into the landscape design.
Tropical plantings, rare specimen trees, varieties of bamboo and weeping plants are found throughout the 4.6 acres. The property abounds in Asian statuary, with most pieces included in the $28-million asking price. Paths decorated with imported tiles meander around various gardens, over arched bridges, past a koi pond and a 70-foot-long in-ground pool with a waterfall emptying into a second, smaller pool.
There is a teahouse-style pool house with a bath and shower, an open eating pavilion and a half-sized replica of the Ming-style Temple of Heavenly Peace in Beijing. The gardens also can be contemplated from floor-to-ceiling windows on the home’s main level.
A grand sitting room offers a vaulted ceiling with Japanese-style beams, a balcony with Chinese-style railing and a lattice Chinese moon door entryway into the formal dining room.
There are seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and five half-bathrooms. The master bedroom, in its own wing, comes with his and hers bathrooms. Other features include an eat-in kitchen, den, two wood-burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, a finished lower level with a wine cellar and an attached five-car-garage. The listing agents are Sabrina Seidner and Geoff Gifkins of Nest Seekers International.
HISTORIC QUOGUE HOME. A circa 1888 home in the heart of Quogue Village is on the market for $3.95 million.
According to Julie Greene of the Quogue Historical Society, the house was built by Josiah Howell Post, a descendant of the original settlers. It was known as Clovercroft.
Renovated in 2007, the interior was gutted and transformed by Hamptons architect Nick Vero into 6,000 square feet of “urban chic” living space, says Enzo Morabito of the Enzo Morabito team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
There are seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and one half-bathroom. The front parlor, living room, formal dining room, master bedroom and office each have a fireplace. The kitchen comes with top-of-the-line appliances, and the master bedroom boasts his and hers steam shower bathrooms as well as access to a sundeck.
The property is 1.10 acres and has a cabana bath just off the heated in-ground gunite pool.