Built in 1910, Villa Maria is a Beaux Arts mansion
located on a sprawling 15 acres in the Hamptons.
Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects created a combination of intimate garden rooms at the side
of the home and sweeping panoramic views at the front and rear of the property
to perfectly compliment this historic Hamptons mansion. 64
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A view from the gravel drive onto the water.
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The gravel drive’s path is
carefully orchestrated to open key views to the water, architecture and
sculpture found throughout the property.
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View looking over the entry
drive to the water side of the house. Beds of Endless Summer Hydrangea soften
the architectural lines of clipped Privet hedge.
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The sidegate, at the coach
house, allows pedestrian access to the property while enforcing the aesthetic
of the villa.
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The entry court is
contained within a generously proportioned granite cobble band, and accented
with a granite medallion on axis with the front door. Two specimen Japanese
Maples and groupings of boxwood help to frame the court.
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A covered terrace looks onto
a walled garden, which houses an antique carriage trough. The garden introduces
a punch of blue with the introduction of blooming Hydrangeas.
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The hydrangea background
serves as a perfect setting for the antique fountain.
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Adjacent the covered
terrace are a series of seating areas. The expansive paving, broken up with
clusters of Boxwood and Japanese Maples allows for the terrace spaces to feel
intimate for a party of 4, or can be easily arranged to allow for large
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Classic Indiana Limestone,
set in a diamond pattern works well with the classic forms of the architecture
of the home. The light paving helps to emphasize the richly detailed steel
frame windows and vibrant green plant material.
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The house’s significant facades
are framed by collections of clipped globular boxwood. The boxwood help to
break up the expansive terrace into smaller rooms and inteneded uses.
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A portal into the gravel
garden is framed by two Multi-stem ‘Natchez’ Crape Myrtle planted into a bed of
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An intimate garden is nestled
out of view from the property. This secret garden comes alive with varying
color floral displays which change with each season. The intimate garden serves
as a retreat, to be discovered when exploring the property.
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The swimming area is
defined by a dual hedge and linear lavender beds. The pool was set to the side
of the house so as not to block views out to the bay beyond.
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Urns at each corner of the
swimming pool planted with agave bring a Mediterranean feel to the space. The
pool, set on a plinth allows for unobstructed views to the bay, while still
providing safety for visitors to the property.
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An arched passageway divides
the pool house and connects the swimming area to a formal lawn.
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Limestone steps lead from the
pool area to the enclosed lawn.
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surround a trickling fountain, which provides a strong visual connection from
the adjacent pool terrace.
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Indiana limestone steps
inlayed with lawn risers bridge the varying levels of the property. The low
site wall and lawn steps, framed perfectly on center with the main façade of
the house, extend the architectural details and materials.
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The ornate entry gates at the front of the property were
meticulously restored, and re-constructed as necessary, in order to save the
original detailing through the property.
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A simple plant palette of
Endless Summer Hydrangeas, Clipped Boxwood and Ilex and Upright Arborvitae
compose the majority of the landscape. Climbing Boston Ivy, Crape Myrtle Trees
and Ornamental grasses add interest, direct views and signify portals.
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The entrance is lushly
planted to provide privacy and intrigue from the street. The deep layers of
evergreen plantings also help to soften the sounds of the busy village street