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Designers find that their brand-name value can pique buyers’ interest. Corcoran senior vice president Penelope Moore represents a three-bedroom, two-bathroom Shelter Island home belonging to style icons Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, which originally came on the market in 2010. “Jonathan and Simon together have a keen eye,” Moore says. “I’m in awe of what they can do. The original house [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][which was owned by a Pan Am pilot] didn’t look anything like this. Jonathan wrote Happy Chic Colors here, and that’s what the house exemplifies, along with an inside/outside appeal. Jonathan had been to Cambodia and was entranced by it, creating a feel of the Far East with banana plants and a 75-foot pool right off the deck. You have no idea you’re on Shelter Island or even the East End.” Moore notes that the rooms’ striking interiors have prompted buyers to ask if they can take the house furnished, but Adler’s trademark ceramics aren’t included in the $1,150,000 listing. Moore sold Adler and Doonan the waterfront property on which they’ve built their new home. “It’s equally amazing,” she says of the pair’s most recent digs. “I get goose bumps walking into it.”

Shelter Island, as its name indicates, also attracts celebs looking for a low-key private retreat—Sean Connery reportedly rented three doors down from the Adler/Doonan property. For busy designers, too, the island is a place to escape and recharge their creative batteries. Moore has seen a new batch of buyers who discover the island with summer rentals that often evolve into fall sales. “This year, I rented a house to clients from overseas for two weeks,” she says “And one week into the rental, they asked to go out to look at houses on the island. We viewed four, and they are looking to place an offer on one.” While Moore notes that prices have gone up over the last two years, properties on Shelter Island still trade for less than their South Fork counterparts, an added incentive to the buyer.

The North Fork offers even more values, especially for those with creative vision. NoFo may be the SoHo of the East End, according to Corcoran senior vice president Sheri Winter Clarry.

She points to the natural beauty of the numerous North Fork vineyards, which describes as a mini Napa Valley, and some of the hottest and most innovative restaurants on the East End. The North Fork is also a boaters’ paradise. “I can travel in my boat from the North Fork to Sunset Beach on Shelter Island in six minutes and be in Sag Harbor in 14,” she says.

Clarry represents a Southold waterfront property owned by Amanda Brooks, vice president and women’s fashion director of Barneys New York and author of I Love Your Style. “This mid-century modern house combined with the setting and a pool on the water make it a home run,” says Clarry. “Amanda and her husband, Chris, have the most amazing sense of style, yet they knew not to fight the view. They created a perfect bland to chill out and relax. The North Fork is about being low-key. There’s a lot of money here, but it’s understated.” The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with heated pool, hot tub and 100 feet of walk-out Long Island Sound beach is listed for $2,650,000, a third of what it would be on the South Fork, according to Clarry.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]