This three-bedroom, 2 1⁄2-bath Shelter Island modern-style home, listed for $995,000, is set on 1.1 acres filled with international flair.
An Asian garden with Japanese maple trees is the handiwork of previous owners who “loved specimen trees,” says listing agent Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates. Current owners Barbara and Stephen Balsam lined the property with more than 3,000 shoots of bamboo.
“You’re in another world, really,” Barbara says of the 2,185-square-foot home.
A shed near the pool was converted into an ornate “folly” — a decorative secondary structure common in British architecture that, in this case, was designed for entertaining. The idea to build a folly originated with a friend from London who helped with the interior, Barbara Balsam says.
Nature is a constant companion in the house — during a 2001 renovation, the Balsams added and enlarged windows throughout the home to bring in more of the outdoors.
An entry foyer opens to a living-dining room, which features a window-framed, elevated fireplace designed so that the hearth is at eye-level with people seated in the room. The granite finish is rough so that the texture will “bounce off the sleekness of the glass.” A bar and a powder room are also nearby.
The kitchen contains custom speckled Corian counters. Manhattan’s Poggenpohl added cabinets, drawers and a custom wheeled kitchen island that can be used as dining space, a serving cart, a bar, or a prep table.
There are no cabinets hanging above the stove; those walls instead hold art.
“We like very clean space. I think it makes it much more peaceful,” Barbara Balsam says.