Glenn Rice’s journey to proudly owning a house on Fireplace Island, N.Y., started unexpectedly in Boston and was propelled, remarkably, by his enjoy of theater.
In September 2017, Mr. Rice, a actual estate agent, frequented Boston to see a friend execute in the opening night of the engage in “WARHOLCAPOTE.” At a supper afterward, he befriended Rob Roth, the playwright who wrote the exhibit.
“We just started off speaking and acquired alongside like gangbusters,” claimed Mr. Rice, 49. “So at the conclusion of the evening, he said, ‘You should come out and continue to be with me in Fireplace Island. I feel you will like it.’”
The subsequent summer months, Mr. Rice took Mr. Roth up on the offer you and found that he appreciated Mr. Roth’s getaway in the Pines quite much indeed. But as he strolled together the boardwalk, it was another property that commanded his attention: a substantial, pyramid-formed creating with cedar shingles on 3 sides and a soaring triangular wall of steel and glass on the fourth.
It was practically as if a massive mock-up of I.M. Pei’s Louvre Pyramid had washed up on the beach front.
Intrigued, Mr. Rice began inquiring all over and learned that the household was owned by Jeff Mahshie, a vogue and costume designer. So when Mr. Rice’s close friends encouraged him to request for a tour, he hardly hesitated just before strolling more than.
Mr. Mahshie answered and welcomed him within — and Mr. Rice couldn’t imagine his eyes as he took in the sweeping perspective around sand dunes to the ocean and the bay.
“We stroll in, and it is just extraordinary,” Mr. Rice said.
The residence was intended by Julio Kaufman, an Argentine architect, in the early 1960s. Then in 2001, the author Paul Rudnick bought it and hired a further architect, Hal Hayes, to update and increase it. It was Mr. Hayes who extra the metal-and-glass wall, and who reconfigured the interior to make the top amount an open dwelling-and-eating spot with a kitchen area and the lower amount an expansive principal suite. Outdoors, Mr. Hayes extra a poolside guesthouse comprising 3 linked packing containers with pyramidal roofs.
Mr. Rice marveled at the compound, engaged Mr. Mahshie in discussion about scripts he spied on tables and finally explained to him that he was fortunate to reside in these kinds of a amazing house.
“And he said, ‘Actually, I’m considering of promoting,’” Mr. Rice recalled.
Mr. Rice happened to be in the approach of offering his Harlem brownstone, which would present him with the cash to get the property. Again in Manhattan, a couple of times later, “we achieved for lunch in TriBeCa and did a handshake offer,” Mr. Rice explained, soon after agreeing to a selling price of $1.32 million.
“I just fell in appreciate with the dwelling and considered all the things about it — which include the method by which I was acquiring it — was amazing,” he stated.
Following closing in December 2018, he necessary to furnish the dwelling, but he was organized for that, far too: An aficionado of layout, Mr. Rice runs a aspect company termed Supervision, buying and promoting classic midcentury-present day household furniture and extras. For the residing place, he brought in a pair of teak-and-cane sofas made by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen in the late 1950s, in addition a pair of slouchy armchairs with lacquered wooden frames and blue suede upholstery from the 1970s. For the key suite, he set up a Norwegian Westnofa rosewood bedroom set from the 1960s and vintage French resin benches with multicolored geometric bases.
“Pretty considerably everything is from all over the identical time interval as the home,” Mr. Rice explained. “It’s my aesthetic in any case, but it turned out that I was selecting matters that fit.”
He opted not to make any major architectural alterations, but the household essential in depth repairs and upgrades, from changing rotten cedar boards outdoors to incorporating warmth tape about pipes that would in any other case freeze in the winter.
“Being on Hearth Island, concerning the ocean and the bay, is seriously difficult on the residences,” he explained. “All the salt, the regular dampness, et cetera. So every 12 months I do a huge project. I did the electrical system and the plumbing technique. This tumble, it is likely to be the substitution of all the doorways and windows.”
In all, Mr. Rice estimated that he has put in about $400,000 restoring and sustaining the property.
He has also flipped the script on proudly owning a summer residence, paying the greater part of the year on Fireplace Island and periodically returning to his condominium in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When he is not residing in the pyramid, he rents it out on Airbnb and Vrbo, wherever it can fetch additional than $3,000 a night in the summer season. “It is my key home,” he mentioned, “but I do lease the property out in the high season to assist defray all of the ongoing fees.”
And if he misses a handful of hot, sunny times in July and August, that is Okay. “Looking through that window,” he claimed, “no matter what the weather conditions is — a storm, a snowstorm, a sunny day or clouds likely by — is just wonderful.”
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