A well-preserved midcentury is now up for grabs in Huntington, New York. Originally designed in the late 1960s by architect Andrew Geller, who was known for his sculptural beach houses in the coastal regions of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the redwood-clad home sits on a one-acre lot about 40 miles from Manhattan.
The 4,250-square-f00t home offers generous-size living areas, including a trapezium great room off the foyer—which is the "most impressive room in the whole house," according to the current homeowner. "The soaring space is a complete surprise to visitors who first see the home from its simple, and seemingly low-lying, front entrance," the owner continues. "It is certainly the heart of the house, as it allows you to see all of the public spaces and most of the upper floor."
Tall ceilings punctuated by wooden beams enhance the great room’s grand sense of scale, while sliding glass doors allow the interiors to mingle with the home’s lush, landscaped setting. Original details can be found throughout the two-level dwelling, including exposed brick, stamped-sandstone walls, and parquet floors. The structure’s geometric form represents what became known as a signature element of Geller’s architectural designs.
"Geller embodied postwar ingenuity and optimism in a series of homes in whimsical shapes," says listing agent Donna Spinoso-Gelb. "He applied his architectural artistry to the creation of this magnificent home, along with others in the area."
As the result of a recent revamp, the dwelling—which is often referred to by locals as the Cool House—is now steeped with updated amenities, including a large chef’s kitchen fitted with all-new appliances. Multiple gathering areas can be found in the backyard, which is complete with a side patio and a heated in-ground pool. What’s more: The six-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home is part of the Nathan Hale Beach Association, which offers private beach access as well as recreational facilities.
"A few years before Geller died he visited the house for the first time in almost 50 years," says the owner. "Standing on the balcony, he looked around and pronounced, ‘I did good work.’ In reality, he had created a unique work of art," the owner continues. Last sold in 2004 for $870,500, the dwelling is back on the market—this time seeking $1,699,000. Scroll ahead for more of the Andrew Geller–designed masterpiece.
256 Vineyard Road in Huntington, New York, is currently listed for $1,699,000 by Donna Spinoso-Gelb of Compass.
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