The landscape design for this secluded Sands Point property exalts nature, with poetic references to Japanese and English garden styles. In the front, a Japanese strolling garden fosters a sense of peacefulness and contemplation. The garden is made of decomposed granite, a custom, granite sitting wall and sedum mats, with an illuminated perimeter of recycled glass instead of water. Its plants are all Japanese species, including a maple, pine, irises and native grasses. Landscaping in the expansive backyard features over 10,000 plants with minimal grass. The naturalistic design is intended to attract insects, birds and small animals. Pathways are graded slightly lower to accentuate foliage, which were selected to encourage bird activity and fall colors. The paths meander to offer different discoveries and views, with fragrant plants aligning the border. The lap pool has a granite infinity edge with textured stone that creates reflective patterns from the waterfall. A terrace is covered in synthetic turf to serve as a bocce court or entertainment space.

Photographer: Michael Stavaridis
General Contractor: True North
Landscape Contractor: Goldberg & Rodler, Inc.
Architect: Alan Cooper