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Buy a Famed Photographer’s Home

By Rachel Bosworth - February 15, 2019

A noted photographer’s A-frame style home, Shelter Island’s first, is on the market. W. Radford Bascome, Jr. is known for his work photographing modern dance and classical music icons in the 1950s and 1960s, including George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbins, Alicia Markova, Allegra Kent, Violette Verdy, Birgit Akesson, Robert Barnett, among others.

The home at 62 Cobbetts Lane, known as “Pear Tree Acres,” is located on approximately two acres with a single pear tree that still bears fruit. With views of Coecles Harbor, the home surrounded by lush greenery and trees sits atop a hill, accessed only by a serpentine drive. There is a wraparound deck with doors to the living room, which features double height ceilings, tall expanses of windows and brick corner fireplace with raised hearth. The dining area overlooks the deck and garden. The master bedroom, which is one of three bedrooms in the home, has a full bathroom, original mid-century modern enamel corner wood-burning fireplace, and leads to the outdoor deck.

“The house in many ways is a midcentury modern period piece,” said Penelope Moore, licensed associate real estate broker of Saunders & Associates, of the home on the market for $799,00. “It has an original bright green, enamel fireplace in the master bedroom, a fully lit hung ceiling, vaulted ceilings with uplighting between the beams, a Dutch door, original pendant lights, wood shingle roof, and a street lantern said to have been brought from Brooklyn. With copper beech and California privet trees and over a half dozen varieties of daffodils scattered throughout the property, it is easy to see how compelling this spot must have been for an artist as visual as Mr. Bascome was.”

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