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Nestled between the North and South Forks of Long Island is Shelter Island, 8,000 acres of protected wetlands, nature trails, beaches, meadows, and marinas. About 2,400 people live on the island year-round. More show up in the summer, but the geographic isolation means no traffic, no stoplights, and few crowds. On the flip side, there's a relatively limited selection of places to go out at night.
If you're in the market for a vacation house and you prefer nature and a village atmosphere to vineyards and nightclubs (and you can swing a six-figure-plus mortgage), it's destination worth considering. This very modern four bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath house on the island is about a 10-minute walk from the Shelter Island Country Club. It's on the market for $1,850,000.
The house, perched on one of the highest points on the island, is wholly contemporary, with sharp angles, floating staircases, and dramatic glass walls.
The light-filled ground-floor living area looks out onto a big deck.
Upstairs is another living room and the kitchen, and a big balcony with plenty of space for entertaining.
The kitchen is outfitted with dark wood cabinets and a massive island.
It also has stainless steel appliances, and a view of the neighboring treetops.
And here's the mahogany dining deck.
The bedrooms have ceiling fans and hardwood floors. The master bedroom has a private balcony.
There's outdoor access in one of the other bedrooms, as well.
And there are two more bedrooms.
You can take in Shelter Island's natural wooded beauty from the back deck.
It's surrounded by trees and looks out onto the in-ground granite pool.
To get to Shelter Island, you can take the Long Island Rail Road or Hampton Jitney to Greenport, then take the North Ferry. Or you can drive or take the Hampton Jitney to Sag Harbor, where you can access the South Ferry. Both ferries are free.
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