Noyack Regency

This project is situated on a long and slender two-acre waterfront site overlooking the coves of Sag Harbor, New York. The unique property had a wonderful old boathouse and dock that provided our client and his family access to the beautiful local bays.

Karen Pelella
Susan Link
Jacob Hardin
Toshi Karato

The clients divide their time between California and New York City. For their summer home they preferred a more modern stucco house to a traditional shingled one, so we suggested the Hollywood Regency style. Two precedents came to mind: the 1930s Coral Casino Club in Santa Barbara and a deco-style house by John Staub in Houston. These precedents were a source for many features of this home, including the long terraces with their slender posts, the expansive loggia with its outdoor living areas, and the oversize French doors and casement windows. The octagonal central tower recalls the lighthouse-like gestures of the Coral Casino.

The winding stair, with stained oak treads and blackened steel balustrade, glides beneath the second-floor “lighthouse” windows.

For the interiors, the streamlined decorative moldings defer to the architectural brio of the house’s signature rooms and features: the sweeping main stair, the grand living room with its clerestories and monumental fireplace, and a double-height primary bath in the octagonal tower.

The octagonal primary bath with its domed ceiling. Oeil-de-boeuf windows are matched by mirrors at the interior walls.

For the landscape design, the gently curved driveway leads past the tennis court and guest house, both set in expansive lawns with perimeter trees planted for privacy. A wetlands buffer of native plantings lines the waterfront and bulkhead. A circular swimming pool, inspired by one in Beverly Hills, is the center of this home’s summer lifestyle.