Shelter Island, NY
Human habitation and wildlife habitat nestle side by side in this 17.8 acre, privately owned site on Shelter Island, NY. Tucked into the western side of the property is an elegant, 2.43 acre residential retreat for an active family, featuring a single family home, barn, tennis court, swimming pool and patio. The remaining 86% of the site is reserved as protected open space and wildlife habitat, slated for entry into the Peconic Land Trust.
The variable landscape proceeds rhythmically from a high-ground woodland, through an open lawn and down to a wetland at the water’s edge. Starr Whitehouse’s naturalistic design will enhance the wood, removing invasive species and restoring native vegetation, transform the current lawn into a native Long Island wildflower meadow, and expand the wetland with an eye toward framing and capturing views of the water. An orchard and vegetable garden at the south end of the property acknowledge the area’s agricultural history and add a component of productivity to the landscape.