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First Green Luxury Dwelling Unveiled On Earth Day

Originally Posted: April 23, 2009

Edward Callaghan

Cutting the ribbon on the fix Lux Green House. Photos by John Wegorzewski

Southampton - Builder Jerry Rosengarten, architect Anthony Musso and eco-broker Catherine Bedard of The Corcoran Group picked the perfect day to debut Southampton Village's first luxury green home on April 22 when Earth Day is celebrated around the world.

Builder Jerry Rosengraten and architect Anthony Musso.

The lovely home on the very quiet Pelham Street appears at first site to be a small villa with stuccoed walls and a tile roof. But the initial vision is dashed as one enters the deceptively small house to step into a 5,500 square foot hideaway and finds oneself in an enormous two-story high great room with a swirling spiral staircase leading to a spacious loft.

Mayor Mark Epley was on hand to cut the appropriately green ribbon and toast the efforts of the building team in constructing a residence that was almost totally self-sufficient in its use of energy. And what a house it is!

Even the most eco-conscious would be impressed with all the bells and whistles built into the structure: Geothermal for the HV/AC utilizing recycled ground water at a temperature of 55 degrees that circulates through the building system drastically reducing the cost of cooling and heating the home and the beautiful stone trimmed swimming pool; zoned radiant heat; windows with zero emission; solar panels on the roof that blend in artfully with the "tiles" which were made from recycled tires; 50 year old wood floors salvaged from an old barn and bamboo flooring throughout the rest of the rooms and a garage purposely constructed to not accommodate a gas-guzzling SUV!

LI Green's Chuck Schwartz and Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst.

As Anthony Musso pointed out one aspect of the construction after another Dorothy Reilly, founder of the Women's Initiative for a Sustainable Earth and Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst nodded approvingly.

The lower level of the sprawling house a/k/a the basement features high ceilings and artful use of windows and light, and was surprisingly bright and airy even on a cloudy day. A den, guest bedroom and home gym were also located on the lower level.

Heading into the kitchen which even the finest chef would find over the top, there were platters of organic treats from Simon Sheridan's Exquisite Food: phyllo puffs stuffed with shitake mushrooms laced with truffle oil, coconut shrimp and tiny quesadillas and a dazzling array of grown-up cookies and sweets from Miche Bacher's Sacred Sweets with rosemary wafers, chocolate pepper rounds and tiny pineapple bars.

View from front of new Luxury Green House.

There was also a new to the Hamptons nutrition drink that Paula Schiff was offering, Zrii, a potent drink made from the Amalaki fruit grown in the Himalayas which has similar vibrant but less dense taste than pomegranate juice was delicious.

The hit of the evening were the Greentinis that Simon Hancock of Vodka 360 was shaking or stirring - depending on one's taste - that were laced with fresh basil and a few drops of agave syrup - a natural sweetener. The vodka which is 4X distilled and 5X filtered is the first eco luxury vodka and is even packaged in a bottle made from recycled glass!


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