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Island Jewel

Stunning Shelter Island Home Reflects the Design Aesthetic of its Owner.

Architect and designer William Pedersen is the founding design partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, a firm that has set records. KPF, as the firm is known, is famous for its work on some of the world’s most impressive buildings, like Shanghai’s World Financial Center and New York City’s Hudson Yards. 

Pedersen’s design aesthetic extends beyond the skyscraper, though. On Shelter Island, Pedersen’s 4,640-square foot home, which he designed himself, is now on the market. The pristine three-bedroom, three-bathroom, one half-bathroom home sits on just under three acres, and is available for $7,995,000. It also enjoys 200 feet of water frontage and some of the most stunning views on Long Island’s East End, from Gardiner’s Lighthouse to Gardiner’s Island to the mouth of Coecles Harbor. 

“He took 20 years to wrap his head around the design of this property, and he played with different iterations,” says Jonathan Smith, Licensed Salesperson at Sotheby’s International Realty. “Ultimately, what he came up with is what he describes as an island rising up from the sea.” Cresting above a sea of fiercely green landscaping is Pedersen’s island, shining in the sun like a found jewel. 

And what an impressive island jewel it is. The copper-clad home incorporates raw and industrial materials throughout, for a feel that is both contemporary and organic. Douglas fir, bluestone, concrete, and metal come together in the ultimate fusion of the natural and the industrial. 

The house has room for a pool, and can also be expanded to accommodate more bedrooms, either in the main structure or in an accessory structure. Mr. Pedersen has drawn unofficial sketches of an idea incorporating both, and is willing to pass along this design to the next homeowner along with the sale of the home. Arranged in an upside-down configuration, this stunning property takes full advantage of the views of Gardiner’s Bay; the home’s common areas enjoy the cerulean backdrop of its panoramic water views. 

A mere 29 square miles large, Shelter Island is an accessible summer destination, with nothing too far away from home. Still, this property is in a more remote area, guaranteeing privacy and an immersion in nature that may feel impossible in other East End enclaves. The newly revamped Ram’s Head Inn lies just around the corner, says Mr. Smith. “They have excellent dinner services,” he says. “And of course, because of the size of the island, everything is accessible within an eight-minute drive.”

The property itself, however, is a paradise untold, unfolding with natural beauty well before you technically arrive. Even the approach to the property is unique, says Lawrence Ingolia, Licensed Associate Broker at Sotheby’s International Realty. “The approach is quite stunning, because as soon as you turn onto the road to the house, it’s that causeway where you have water on both sides,” he said. “It’s just a beautiful stretch of road there before you arrive at the home.” 

Designed as art, this home is far more than many rooms with a view. “It is like a habitable piece of art,” Mr. Ingolia says. Make it part of your personal collection. 

For further information contact Lawrence Ingolia 516.607.8800 and Jonathan Smith 917.714.9022. 
Property ID Web# 0058343