With a passion for architecture and design, real estate developer and local resident Jill Laurence is always inspired by the homes in the East End’s historic hamlets. As the woman behind Instagram account @southamptonfortheseason, she shares her favorite on-the-market properties from a uniquely beautiful and transformative era in Hamptons history known as the “Summer Colony” period.
A recent renovation kept the historical facade intact.
An English conservatory contributes to the light-filled layout.
9 Lee Ave., East Hampton
“Built in 1899 by noted architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe (who also built the original Grey Gardens) and set on 2.1 idyllic acres, this is a Shingle style located in the historic district of East Hampton. Considered an original ‘cottage’ in the Hamptons’ historical Summer Colony, this three-story mansion has been meticulously updated and maintained over the years by notable owners such as comedian Chevy Chase and rocker Jon Bon Jovi.” $19.995 million, Brown Harris Stevens, Peter M. Turino, 631.903.6115, bhsusa.com
The eight-bedroom home has several covered porches and verandas.
A chef’s kitchen at 354 S. Main St
354 S. Main St., Southampton
“Named Wyndecote, this historic Queen Anne-style home was built in 1887 by noted architect Robert Henderson Robertson, who also designed the first Roger Williams Memorial Library on Jobs Lane in Southampton. While Robertson was the owner, notable guests included the duke of Windsor and the king of Spain. Complete with a pool and tennis court, this Victorian has the best of new and old after undergoing an extensive renovation, preserving many 19th century details. It is one of the original cottages from the Summer Colony period in Hamptons history.” $22.5 million, Sotheby's International Realty, Harald Grant, 631.227.4913, sothebyshomes.com
The gardens were inspired by those of a castle in County Wicklow, Ireland.
143 Herrick Road, Southampton
“Named Balcastle and with design inspired by a castle in Ireland, the property was built in 1911 by J. Edward Elliston, a local artist and preservationist. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the brick Gothic-style home with high ceilings and oversize windows includes a gazebo that doubles as a guest house and was once used by a previous owner in the 1930s, a Bulova heiress, to house her pet bear cubs. Yes, actual bears.” $3.55 million, Corcoran, Robert Lohman, 631.702.9241, corcoran.com
Photography by: photos by Chris Foster/courtesy of brown Harris stevens; s. main st. photo by Richard Taverna/courtesy of sotheby's international realty; herrick road photo courtesy of the corcoran group