One of the first homes built on Little Plains Road in Southampton Village, that later became the home of renowned artist Larry Rivers, just came on the market last week. The property at 92 Little Plains Road, which includes a home renovated in 2008 and a shed that once served as Rivers’ art studio, is listed at $8.495 million with Michaela Keszler and Paulina Keszler of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Rivers, who became known for his Pop paintings and sculpture, lived in the home since 1953, Keszler says. He would help change the course of American art in the 1950s and ’60s, according to his obituary in The New York Times in 2002. He died at the age of 78.
Rivers built an art studio that was attached to the main house, Keszler says. A small shed out back is where he stored paintings and sculptures, and it still has his signature on the floor.
Locals may get a kick out of knowing that the now infamous “Legs” sculpture — a pair of women’s legs in retro stockings mid-stride that several years ago caused controversy in front of a home in Sag Harbor Village — used to stand in front of Rivers’ own house, the Keszlers say.
The five-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath home underwent a complete renovation by the current owner in 2008. Still, there is a charm that harkens back to its late 1800s roots, from details on the balusters on the stairs to antique doors and coffered ceilings. “Wherever they had to renew it, they had somebody basically fabricating and working off what was there,” Michaela Keszler says. “It’s very authentic.”
From the start, as you enter through the foyer, natural light pours through stained glass windows. “The carefully curated renovation enhanced the experience and existing beauty of this home,” the listing says.
A large kitchen flows into the spacious den and an informal dining area. French doors allow light to shine through and allow for an easy transition from indoor to outdoor dining and entertaining.
A full bathroom on the first floor also has its own mudroom where people can reenter the house from the pool with their wet feet and towels and not leave a mess behind.
Up on the second floor there are four bedrooms, each that boasts its own bathroom. The large “sun-soaked” master bedroom, the listing says, features a balcony that overlooks the 0.5-acre property. The backyard is well-landscaped with mature plantings and trees.
Hidden behind the rose bushes and lush greenery is a guest house with one bedroom, one full bathroom, a kitchen and living room. A small patio even allows for quiet outdoor relaxation. A private footpath leads to Little Plains.
This property is steps from the heart of Southampton Village and is walking distance to Little Plains Beach.