Named for the ornamental specimen trees strewn across its 10-acre breadth, the Southampton estate known as Linden is steeped in the architectural history of the United States, with grounds designed by the illustrious Frederick Law Olmsted—designer of New York’s Central Park—and a home crafted by revolutionary American architect and urban planner Grosvenor Atterbury.
Southampton, New York | Bruce Grant & Harald Grant, Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage
Olmsted’s immaculately maintained grounds are replete with thoughtfully positioned plantings and a rich, mature landscape. The residence, an impressive manor spanning 18,000 square feet and in possession of a rare timeless beauty, was designed in 1915 by Atterbury, who spent summers on his family’s estate in the Hamptons and established a reputation for designing weekend and vacation homes for wealthy Americans in the early 20th century.
Uncommon in scale and style, the estate has been extensively renovated while honoring and preserving its classic terra cotta roofline, striking leaded-glass windows, wraparound porches, original millwork, and eight oversized wood-burning fireplaces. Both expansive and inviting, the interiors feature a living room with a coffered ceiling and glass doors opening to a terrace, an oak-paneled leather-lined library with an ornate plaster ceiling and a fireplace, a window-wrapped gym, 12 bedrooms, 15 baths, and separate staff quarters. Rustic ceiling beams contribute to the uniquely charming ambience of the spacious French-inspired kitchen, which has been custom-outfitted with a La Cornue range, a farmhouse sink, and a generous island and is accompanied by a butler’s pantry. A sweeping spiral staircase leads to the private quarters, including an owner’s wing encompassing a sitting room, an outsize walk-in closet, and a bath with dazzling tilework, a warming fireplace, and a soaking tub.
The property has also been carefully expanded over the last decade. A recent addition included a new pool and pool house, the work of esteemed designer Steven Gambrel. A member of the elite AD 100 recognized for his timeless, comfortable designs in locations such as the Plaza Hotel, Gambrel created a glass pavilion for the indoor pool, which is perfect for laps but also encourages frivolity with its slide and waterfall. The oversized outdoor pool is accompanied by a spa—and, further afield, a grass tennis court, a paddle court, two pavilions with alfresco kitchens, arbors, a majestic fountain that lights up to create a dramatic display, and a greenhouse that will please any avid gardener. The grounds also offer two freestanding four-car garages.
Linden is ideally sited in Southampton’s “estate section,” surrounded by other homes of similar caliber and the classic turn-of-the-century cottages that, like Linden, epitomize the iconic style for which the Hamptons are renowned.