By Amy Dobson
Special Contributor

Oceanfront access is one of the most sought-after features in one of the country’s most sought-after neighborhoods and this Sagaponack, New York, home has 250 feet of frontage to the Atlantic Ocean.

Current owner Elie Tahari, famous for his mark on New York’s fashion world, has decided he isn’t spending enough time at 135 Crestview Lane in the Hamptons so doesn’t need the peaceful retreat he has owned for the past seven years.

The three-bed, three-bath home sits on two-and-a-half acres behind a gated entry and provides a substantial amount of privacy from the rest of the world while being a welcoming space for family and friends to gather.

The home’s great room combines all the elements of an open floor plan but lets the view to the outdoors be the main feature of the room.

Notice the windows on the righthand side of the picture?  They have a matching piece on the other side of the home and both act similar to a garage door that rolls all the way up so you can create a seamless transition to the outdoors.

The kitchen is part of the overall great room but is so subtly woven into the living space that it doesn’t dominate the relaxed beach house vibe of the lower level.

Adjacent to the living room is a space for more formal dining with enough room for at least a 12-person table.

The lower level reveals a few more sophisticated design details that upgrade the luxury aspect of the home. That see-through barrier on the side of the stairway is functional as a safety barrier but acts as a reflective surface to bounce light around the room and create an airy vibe.

The balcony helps draw the eye up so the beamed ceiling becomes part of the feel of the room as well.

The master bedroom comes with a private oceanfront view and walkout deck.

The master bathroom matches the level of luxury seen throughout the rest of the house with stunning marble and a step-down tub/shower set up that almost feels like it could be an outdoor shower.

Check out the rest of the photos to see the pool, outdoor dining area, and great views. The 4,500 square foot home is listed by Sotheby’s for $44.9M and also comes with plans for an extension already approved by the zoning board. They were developed by Stelle, LoMont, Rouhani, Architects who were the team behind Calvin Klein’s oceanfront estate.

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This stunning Cape Cod-style beach cottage makes its debut for the first time ever to market, offering one lucky buyer a coveted address on the best street in Southampton, N.Y. Boasting nine bedrooms, nine full and two half bathrooms, a sparkling pool, and 9,000 square feet of luxury and lush outdoor entertaining, 237 Gin Lane affords the ultimate Hamptons lifestyle just steps from the ocean.

“The house is beautifully built with very special architectural and design details throughout, and has a separate bedroom wing, which is ideal for offering comfort and privacy to extended family and guests,” says listing agent Patricia Petrillo of Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Ah, to have a summer house in the Hamptons. Many say there is nothing quite like it, and for good reason. Whether it’s the sea-salted air and pristine sandy beaches, or the quaint boutiques and gourmet eateries you’re after, we have found the perfect summer retreat that puts you minutes from it all. Meet 361 North Sea Mecox Road in Southampton, N.Y. — a lovingly restored 1910 farmhouse that beckons you to get out of the city, reconnect with nature, and enjoy the view.

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Janelle Friedman and Ina Garten

Janelle Friedman with her “neighbor” at the author tables, Ina Garten.

Here’s a fun “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” report!  Renowned Dallas hostess (and author of a book on the subject) Janelle Friedman spent last Saturday night in the Hamptons, aka the East End (of Long Island.)  The storied setting is, by any measure,  the premier second home location on the East Coast. Friedman was a guest author at the East Hampton Library’s Authors Night, August 13, joining literary icons, international celebrities, and a host of  reading fans in a lavish fundraising book fair benefiting the East Hampton Library.

How did this come about?

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