SAG HARBOR, New York
Living by the water has always been essential for Gary and Patricia Lucas. Gary grew up in Oceanside, Long Island, and the Lucas family has been spending summers in the Hamptons since their children were young. As often as they can, they take well-deserved breaks from their busy careers in building and real-estate development to enjoy the boating lifestyle they love.
Five years ago, they discovered the 1.4-acre grounds of the Sag Harbor property that would become their retirement home. They knew immediately it was exactly what they were looking for. What struck them was not the existing home on the property, but the property itself. “We didn’t even step into the house that was here at the time,” Gary says. “We walked straight back to the dock to look at the view.”
It was an unparalleled bay vista, overlooking the federally protected Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. “That’s why we fell in love with this place,” says the couple’s son Andrew, who works with his parents at their family building firm, Mirage Property Management, and helped supervise the construction of their dream home. “The water has always been important to my family … and the Preserve across the way can’t be built upon, so it’s a view that will never be taken away.”