A ‘Houstel’ in Water Mill ‘Reinvents the Hamptons Experience’

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The newly built house at 945 North Sea Mecox Road in Water Mill is more of a “houstel,” a term the developer, celebrity lifestyle restauranteur William Jack Degel calls this “house-style, hotel resort.”
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In a Hamptons real estate market dominated by breathtaking properties, this $13,495,000 home is in a league of its own.

“Prepare to be transported to a private paradise as you step into the backyard oasis with an incredible 50-foot gunite saltwater pool. This extraordinary property is surrounded by the lush beauty of Water Mill’s horse country,” says Patrick Giugliano, who has listed the property with James Giugliano. Both are with Nest Seekers International.

“One of my favorite things about the property is the private vineyard with Wölffer grapes,” Patrick Giugliano says. “Strolling through rows of meticulously tended vines, savoring the serenity and the promise of future vintages is an unforgettable experience.”

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One of the most unique features of the property is that it is surrounded by a private vineyard with
Wölffer grapes.
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Built by celebrity lifestyle restaurateur William Jack Degel, the industrial modern home that draws in elevated barn-like elements, sits on 1.83 acres and provides an array of outdoor features like a stand-out vineyard.

“While others play golf and build spec homes, this is my hobby — I design and build lifestyle ‘houstels,’” says Degel, who uses the term to refer to a “house-style, hotel resort,” a trademark of his that reinvents the Hamptons experience.

“Having the expertise in the hospitality business for over 35 years has helped me visualize and engineer the greatest outdoor living experiences the Hamptons has to offer,” says Degel, who appeared on television as the host of Restaurant Stakeout, a reality television show on the Food Network and is the owner of New York’s Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse chain.

It’s no wonder that his experience in restaurants translates to a backyard that could rival any resort experience.

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The backyard contains a 50-foot saltwater pool, spa, pickleball court, a covered outdoor kitchen and dining area, as well as access to the garage.Nest Seekers International

In addition to the private vineyard and pool, the property at 945 North Sea Mecox Road offers 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space. It includes a covered kitchen, complete with a stainless steel island, every appliance imaginable and a long bar, as well as an expansive dining area with a table for 12 and featuring artwork on a sheltered wall, modern chandeliers and an outdoor fireplace. Both the kitchen and the dining area can be found under separate and distinct vaulted, barn-like ceilings.

Future owners can also relax in a 10-by-10-foot raised spa that overflows into the saltwater pool after working up a sweat at their very own sunken all-weather pickleball sports court that also offers a basketball net.

The property is well-landscaped. Degel counts 700 hedges 1,200 seasonal flowering perennials, 12 flowering trees and 250 shading trees.

Inside the seven-bedroom, nine-and-a-haf-bath home, luxury abounds. The first floor contains a great room with modern LED lighting and fireplace, a formal dining room and a state-of-the-art kitchen with marble countertops, along with white oak flooring. In addition to the kitchen countertops, marble is the foundation of the fireplaces located throughout the house in the primary bedrooms and main living spaces.

A marble fireplace is the center of the great room in this home.Nest Seekers International

The main floor is also home to the first of two primary bedroom suites, which boasts a fireplace, built-in cabinetry and a dressing room. An added bonus is an ipe wood-covered all-weather living room allowing a seamless transition from inside out.

Inside the attached three-car garage are two 10-foot custom wood doors that open to the backyard with side-mounted automatic openers, a pet bathing station, thermally heated porcelain tile floors and a cabinetry system.

A laundry room completes the first floor.

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The kitchen features marble countertops and modern lighting fixtures.Nest Seekers International

Plus, the home smells good thanks to an all-natural aromatherapy system. Other features include a central vacuum, solar panels and full smart home automation through Control4.

The second floor contains another primary suite featuring a fireplace, a dressing room and a spa-like bathroom with dual vanities, a water closet, a soaking tub and a shower. Each bathroom has Toto and Kohler fixtures and custom vanities.

A second laundry room, an office, a guest living space, a full wet bar and four bedrooms, each with three-fixture en suite bathrooms complete the second level.

The lower level is another highlight of the house.

It includes a home theater, a gym space and a glass-enclosed, 800- to 1,000-bottle white oak wine and whiskey cellar and an adjacent wet bar. There is also a spa bathroom with a steam shower and a sauna.

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The wine and whiskey cellar on the lower level holds up to 1,000 bottles.Nest Seekers International

An outdoor egress with steps to the ground level is landscaped with plantings and allows natural light in, while also providing easy access to the backyard oasis.

Whether you are someone looking to entertain or just for a private retreat for the family, this property is certainly a stand-out.

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The lower level does not sacrifice style. The additional recreational space boasts LED accent lighting, built-ins and plenty of walls for hanging art.Nest Seekers International
The covered outdoor kitchen and bar, as well as a connected, and also covered dining area, truly bring a resort-feel to the residential property.Nest Seekers International
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