“It’s like a well-tailored jacket.” Anthony Tinghitella lands on this phrase while describing 109 Westhampton Place, the house he designed and owns, and there’s really no better way to express what makes it feel so good. “You can dress it up, dress it down,” he adds. “It can be traditional; it can be modern.”
Built in the 1960s by Herbert Schulman and his wife, Jean, the 6,636-square-foot, one-story, prairie-style home is a timeless masterpiece of residential architecture. Despite having four bedrooms and 4 ½ bathrooms, it’s unassuming from the street but feels much larger on the inside, thanks to the open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, multiple skylights, access to the gardens from every room and its complete lack of dead ends anywhere in the house.
With pocket doors throughout, discreet lighting and all closet doors and cabinets flush against the walls, every sightline is clean and tight, leaving nothing exposed to clutter the mind when walking from room to room. Control lines were incorporated into the architecture to ensure that every wall, shelf and door frame is visibly perfect and plumb from floor to ceiling and from wall to wall.
Each aspect of the house was thoughtfully considered and deliberate, from the sturdy construction using mostly steel and concrete, including German hurricane- and sledgehammer-resistant windows and copper gutters, to the more elegant touches that include Thermador appliances, Dornbracht fixtures, original Sherle Wagner hardware, Thassos marble countertops, Italian glass tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms, and Spanish limestone pool decking. Anthony and his partner, John Fulcher, fully modernized the house with new plumbing and electrical, geothermal HVAC, state-of-the-art security, Lutron lighting systems and more, without sacrificing any of its soul. It was built with the best materials and designed to last, requiring minimal maintenance. You could leave it empty through the seasons and return without needing to do any work to get it ready.
Tailor-made for entertaining, this breathtaking home, along with its multiple garden spaces and ozone pool, is somehow both intimate and romantic and open and airy, and it’s always ready for your next fundraiser or cocktail party.
Photographs by Kristen Mayfield and Daniel Hoisington