It’s Free to Look Hamptons: 54 Ferry Road, North Haven

Something happens to nature when it costs $25 million. It starts breaking its own rules and bending to the will of its owner.

This expansive 11-acre property, with 850 feet of waterfront, has been elaborately designed to "assure something blooming even into November," according to the Corcoran listing. The hydrangeas are "countless," the perennial shrubs are "unusual," the herb garden is "whimsical" and the copper beech tree is 20 feet wide. Is the gardener also a magician? The answer to that question is unclear, but we do know that the new owner had better be a steward of the environment, lest more fishy coincidences—such as the fact that the 100-year-old floorboards in the house are the same vintage as the 100-year-old trees in the yard—arise.

Do you like birds? The property's "tranquil marshland" includes swans, herons, egrets and ospreys. And don't worry if this all sounds too rustic: The "enormous" porch is "screened." — William Alden

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Something happens to nature when it costs $25 million. It starts breaking its own rules and bending to the will of its owner.

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