Jeffrey Collé: Design on a Grand Scale

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Historic homes on the East End contribute to the value and rich quality of life in the Hamptons. The marriage of modern day luxuries with historic grand scale architecture is something of a fine art, but for master design-builder Jeffrey Collé, it’s part of his repertoire. Collé selects sites for his homes that are surrounded by natural beauty. It’s important to him that we maintain, preserve and protect our land and historic buildings. After all, they were here long before many of our modern day luxuries and will hopefully be here for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

Collé merges history and the present with his latest masterpice—a 8,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom, 10-bath gem in Water Mill. It includes the renovation of the hamlet’s oldest home, which is nestled on the property. It’s being restored into an additional
studio space.

This historic home dates back to the early 1700s and was built for David Halsey—grandson of Thomas Halsey Sr. The Halseys were one of the original families to settle in Southampton. They were very active in local government, making the family an important presence on the East End even today.

Falling in love with a home is easy to do in the Hamptons. With so many elegant choices there are more than a handful of contenders. As with any great investment, there must be something unique and superior to be worthy of your attention.

When it comes to properties, the key is always location, location, location, and Collé’s 173 Davids Lane is a magnificent traditional home. It’s built in style with an impressive design, graced with luxurious amenities and a beautiful landscape that  reflects the Hamptons rich history.

This splendid home is located in the estate section in Water Mill, just minutes to Southampton Village. It’s a rare find on a 1.56-acre lot with sweeping farmland views over the adjacent 63 acres of open reserve—a truly special opportunity.

The traditional-style shingled home features many custom details throughout. Among its interior details are four fireplaces, antique cypress wide-planked flooring, coffered ceilings and solid mahogany French doors. Exterior living space includes a heated Gunite swimming pool with Turkish limestone patio and a large pool house with outdoor kitchen. There’s also a heated breezeway connecting a two-car garage, a screened porch, wine cellar, gym and a second-floor mahogany deck.

The newly renovated historic home will be made into an open studio space and will capture that old world charm and architecture while providing all the luxuries of today.

Other distinctive homes built by Collé include The Pond House, a 12,000-square-foot mansion with a separate guest cottage overlooking Georgica Pond and neighboring a 17-acre meadow preserve; Beechnut Hill Farm located in Bridgehampton, which is surrounded by  acres of preserved farmland; and 18 Main Street in Wainscott, which boasts 14-foot ceilings and a heated Gunite pool surrounded by 2,400 feet of limestone terracing.

One of the main reasons the East End continues to thrive and be one of the most popular places in the world is because it offers the perfect balance of history, preservation and prevailing luxuries. When choosing the perfect home, it’s imperative that it meets all the points on your check list—remember to think out of the box and long-term.

A Collé home has become synonymous with quality, great views and custom craftsmanship. Just ask one of the many East End icons who have a Collé design—Donna Karan, Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin. A home built by Jeffrey Collé is truly one-of-a-kind.

Jeffrey Collé is one of the most highly regarded design-builders in the world, and every home he creates showcases the superior craftsmanship and Old World architecture that can only be described as a work of art.

For more information, visit For more information on 173 David’s Lane, contact Susan or Matthew Breitenbach at The Corcoran Group, 631-899-0303 or 631-899-0335.

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