If Hamptons ace Michael Davis builds it, they will come
- Last Updated: 9:35 PM, February 26, 2013
- Posted: 6:27 PM, February 24, 2013
Gordon M. Grant
"I prefer not to call them spec houses, but custom houses without owners,” says Michael Davis, founder of Michael Davis Design and Construction, a firm that does much of its work in the Hamptons.
Though 90 percent of his projects consist of custom houses “of the highest scale,” Davis builds one spec house, or rather, custom house without an owner, a year.
In January, he put the finishing touches on his latest, 79 Parsonage Lane, which sits on a rare 4-acre lot in Sagaponack. The 8,409-square-foot shingle-style mansion has nine bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, three half-bathrooms, an elevator and a kitchen that opens to a family room and breakfast area. The home also features an outdoor fireplace under a covered porch, a roof observation deck, a game room, a wine room, a professional home theater and a gymnasium with its own bathroom, steam shower and sauna.
And the amenities go on and on. The property includes a tennis court, a swimming pool with spa, a pool house, a pergola and entertaining terraces with fieldstone sitting walls.
“When you build a house of this quality and at this price point, it has to have every amenity,” says Davis.
Priced at $23 million, 79 Parsonage follows 232 Parsonage Lane, which was finished in 2012 and sold for $22.5 million in one short week last April, and a home on Hedges Lane, which sold in 2011 for $19.25 million. Though Davis builds all over the Hamptons, all three of these homes are in Sagaponack.
“I gravitated toward Sagaponack because it reminded me of some parts of England with the farm fields that run into the ocean and [where] the zoning is less dense,” says Davis, who moved here from England 30 years ago. “Sagaponack is zoned for 3 acres so there is as much or more rural land and much more beach per capita than anywhere else [in the Hamptons].”
England is a huge influence on his design style, which he describes as English Country shingle-style, brick not wood, houses built to last. Traditional on the outside, he says, and transitional and modern on the inside.
Davis’ next spec house, which he already has planned for a lot on Hedges Lane, is something of a diversion. “It’ll be a little cleaner, a little more modern,” he says. “Each one is a little better than the last one, but when someone recently asked if there was anything I would do differently looking back, I would say no.”
Contact: 631-537-4444, michaeldavis.com