Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-30-2012
Celebrated Hamptons architect Norman Jaffe left his legacy in over 50 houses he designed there. He also donated his services to the Jewish Center in the Hamptons and designed Gates of the Grove Synagogue, which many claim to be his most outstanding work. His career spanned 35 years until his accidental drowning while out for a morning swim alone in Bridgehampton in August, 1993.
Jaffe’s designs were considered to have an earthy sensuality much like that of Frank Lloyd Wright. Additionally, he studied under architects William Wurster and Joseph Esherick, founders of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley who leaned toward modernism using natural elements in materials. Prior to beginning his college studies, he spent two years in the service stationed in Japan during the Korean war and was likely observant of the clean lines of Japanese style that opened to incorporate a calming landscape. These were the design principles he brought to the Hamptons to begin his architectural practice. Jaffe also designed a golf club and restaurant there. Today many of his architectural drawings, presentations and photographs can be viewed at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University in New York, which acquired Jaffe's architectural archives in 2008.
This 3 bedroom, 3 bath 3,988 square foot home is located in the North Coast hamlet of Laurel Hollow and is closer to NYC than most of his other designs which are on the East End of Long Island. The home was built in 1991, only two years before his death, and is on two acres with a gated entry and an adjacent guest house.
The one-of-a-kind home will be auctioned live on November 18th with an opening bid of $999,000.