It’s Free to Look Hamptons: 180 Mid Ocean Road, Bridgehampton

  • Most “green” things in the Hamptons are trees. But this oceanfront property, even though it was only “nominated” for the Gold Level National Home Builders Green Award, puts bona fide greenery to shame.

  • Most "green" things in the Hamptons are trees. But this oceanfront property, even though it was only "nominated" for the Gold Level National Home Builders Green Award, puts bona fide greenery to shame.

    We doubt any other Hamptons developer has ever spent so much energy conserving energy. The house is powered by those two standbys of the natural world, "the Earth and Sun," but that's not as easy as it sounds. Harnessing and appeasing those gods are solar panels on the roof, "geothermal cooling," two-flush toilets, "whole house" water filtration and "showers with air infusion technology."

    The Saunders listing spends almost more time describing the building's materials than its amenities. Let's review the woods: rift white oak, clear cedar, bamboo and "exotic Cumaru decking." That last one at least sounds like it took a plane flight or two to transport to the Hamptons, but in such an energy-efficient setting, we won't let that bother us.

    For $12.5 million, you might actually be helping the environment by inhabiting this house. But don't worry about being called a tree-hugger: The property comes with a three-car garage, which could also be a one-car garage if your ride is big, loud and inefficient enough. — William Alden