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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.

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.

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