In all her years in real estate, Penelope Moore, senior vice president of The Corcoran Group, says she has never come across a house quite like this one on Shelter Island, which she is marketing for $725,000. “It’s one of those homes where you drive down the block and wonder what the story is,” Moore says.
Curious? Well, when you see the house from the road, you see a Moravian star, says homeowner Susanne Lavarello. “It’s all about the roof,” she explains. And inside, there are no right angles.
Lavarello, who has lived in the so-called Constellation House since 1995, says it’s her understanding that an architect from Montauk built it for himself in the 1960s.
Transom windows and sliding glass doors bring in lots of light, Moore says.
“He must have been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, because it does bring the outdoors in,” Lavarello says. And in the winter, if there is snow and a full moon, it feels almost like daylight, even though it’s dark, she adds.
The layout has an open flow with a living room, dining room and a kitchen with white cabinets. There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms. The master features sliders that access an expansive deck as well as a fireplace. From here, a spiral staircase descends to a ground-level office.
Outside, the bucolic landscape of the undulating 1.10-acre property is punctuated by mature trees and a pond. Sounds of a waterfall can be heard from the Zen garden. There’s also an outdoor fireplace and a greenhouse on the grounds.
Since Shelter Island has no bright cities nearby, stargazing from the deck is a treat. “When you see stars, you see stars,” Lavarello says.