February 2018 Home Personality: “The lap of luxury”

408 Grace Church St., Rye, N.Y.
Nancy Strong & Stacey Oestreich, Douglas Elliman

Our feature home of the month is all about living in the lap of luxury … literally. Expertly elevated on 4.5 acres above 1,100 feet of direct waterfront on the Long Island Sound, the home was designed with the refined nautical lifestyle in mind, including waterfront views from almost every room. Architects Shope, Reno and Wharton incorporated luxury amenities throughout, including indoor and outdoor heated pools with a pool house, fitness room and seaside tennis court. Golf fans can enjoy driving eco-friendly golf balls from the deck to the putting green located on your private peninsula, once Rye’s historic ferry dock. Here you will also find room for two yachts for the ultimate getaways.

Just off of the lower level family room with wood burning fireplace, the home’s indoor heated pool offers a sophisticated alternative to the outdoors. The indoor pool’s dimensions are 15’ x 10’ and the area includes a sauna, full bathroom, dressing room and shower. The lining of the pool is a custom-designed, hand-laid mosaic tile by the Italian designer Sicis. The interior design of the room was done with the help of Penny Drue Baird. The indoor pool has skylights inset into the home’s main deck above which allow additional light into the space. The indoor pool leads out to the yard through three sets of French doors and two single fixed units.  The ceiling beams were inspired by the time the family spent on large sail boats, and they introduced these wood beams to echo all of the millwork in other parts of the house.

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