SOUTHAMPTON’S TWIN PEAKS AT OLDE TOWNE COUPLES AMENITY-PACKED CONTEMPORARY LUXURY WITH TRADITIONAL CHARM. BY EMILY WEITZ
Southampton’s Twin Peaks at Olde Towne couples amenity-packed contemporary luxury with traditional charm.
With a putting green on the roof deck and a bowling alley downstairs, Twin Peaks at Olde Towne epitomizes East End extravagance. That was perhaps the challenge that John Kean of Kean Development set for himself when he decided to take on the 45-acre site on Olde Towne Lane in Southampton.
“People say they’re trying to think of what we didn’t do,” says Kean while giving a tour of the 15,500-square-foot home, situated on four of those stunning acres. That statement applies to elements both large— massive terraces, eight fireplaces, a 60-by-34-foot gunite pool with sun shelves—and small, like the porch screens you can lower with the tap of a button on your ipad.
Kean also knew that most East End buyers today want light, airy spaces, so he took the traditional oak flooring of Hamptons past and double-bleached and wire-brushed it. “Normally we would do the floors in mahogany or dark wood,” he explains, “but this is the Hamptons. We want bright and cheery.”
He applied the same principle to other choices, such as the kitchen marble, which has a soft, inviting feel. “The island is made of a precious marble called iceberg,” he says. “It’s incredibly durable.”
But that’s only the first kitchen. “This is the kitchen you look good in,” Kean jokes before unveiling the second, the chef’s kitchen, where private cooks and caterers can work behind the scenes.
The living-room bar is designed to coax people out of the habitual “gather around the island” mentality and make themselves comfortable. It’s a spirit that extends to the whole house: Once guests lay down their luggage,
they may be reluctant to leave. And with a theater, spa, gym, billiard room, sunken tennis court, and more, can you really blame them?
“There is nothing currently on the market that rivals Twin Peaks for size, imagination, amenities, or overall quality of construction,” says the Corcoran Group’s Gary Depersia, who represents the property. “It has to be visited to fully grasp the scope of Kean’s accomplishment.”
Twin Peaks may be a marvel of modern amenities, but Kean did want to include some classic Southampton charm, like the sloping angles and roof peaks that echo those of neighboring estates.
“We typically do traditional houses,” says Kean, “and even though we did this house with more of a contemporary flair, we wanted the exterior to have that feeling of old Southampton.”
Located at 9 Olde Towne Lane in Southampton, Twin Peaks is listed at $39.5 million. Gary Depersia, Corcoran Group, 51 Main St., East Hampton, 631-899-0215; corcoran.com