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'Tree house' in Shoreham with wood touches is in the woods

It's a home that "seems to be like

It's a home that "seems to be like a tree house," says owner Rose Imperial-Rodriguez, who lives in this Shoreham Village home with her husband, Robert. So it's fitting that inside and outside this home, on the market in September 2015 for $399,000, wood takes center stage. Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

It's a home that seems "like a tree house," says owner Rose Imperial-Rodriguez, who lives in this Shoreham Village house with her husband, Robert. The house is now on the market for $399,000.

The design is such that the first floor looks like the tree's "trunk," which serves as the base for the "tree house" above, she says.

"As you walk up, you feel like you're a child," she explains.

So it's fitting that, inside and outside, wood takes center stage. About 10 varieties appear prominently in ceilings, kitchen counters, cabinets, walls and trim, and a little piece of each was combined to craft a hardwood portion of the fireplace in the living room.

Outside, old-growth trees fill the 1.05-acre property -- a boon for wildlife.

"There are families of deer that come almost every morning to feed on the vegetation," Rose says. "The property doesn't have any grass -- it's all woods."

That's because in 1969, when the Geysa Sarkany-designed house was built, special care was taken to preserve foliage. Imperial-Rodriguez says builders made a clearing in the middle of the parcel and carried materials to the construction site, limiting what machines could be used to build.

That tradition of simple construction continued when the couple hired Amish builders to complete a new 2.5-car detached garage five years ago. Around the same time, an in-ground, heated saltwater mineral pool was added.

The main floor contains four bedrooms, a family room, bathroom and laundry room. The second floor, which has a wraparound porch, has the great room, living room, kitchen and a half-bath. Up top, there is a loft bedroom with large windows made of airplane-specification glass, says listing agent Frank Castelli of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, all wrapped in a sharply angled, dramatic roofline.

Ownership includes membership to the Shoreham Village clubhouse, which includes access to a tennis court.

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