Elegant New Residences in Southampton From Paramount Custom Homes
By Gwen Donovan
The Fields is a Hamptons-inspired collection of 28 new luxury homes situated minutes from Southampton Village and Southampton’s beautiful ocean beaches. Over the past two decades, Joe Criscuolo and Bill Locantro of Paramount Custom Homes have built hundreds of quality homes across Long Island. These accomplished builders have a strong passion for their business and take pride in constructing homes created with precise craftsmanship. Each residence at The Fields is skillfully made using high-caliber design elements and plumbing fixtures from Blackman. In fact, the homes here are so innovative that two models were included in the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2017, a fundraiser for Southampton Hospital that took place this past summer.
What makes this community different? “Each and every one of these houses is a custom home,” Joe Criscuolo says. “Quality is paramount to us, and we are proud to produce very high-end homes.” Customization is readily available at The Fields, he adds. “Whatever the homebuyer’s mind can think of and whatever their heart desires, we will provide.”
Stressing that The Fields is not just a place to call home, it’s a true destination, Criscuolo details the on-site features. “The 12-acre park we created is particularly notable; it’s like our own Central Park with tennis and sports courts, and a half-mile walking and jogging trail that goes around the perimeter of The Fields. It’s a nice extension to everyone’s home. Each home comes with a private gunite pool, and the park lets you take off your shoes and rub your feet in the grass.”
Close attention to detail is what homebuyers can expect at The Fields, according to Criscuolo. “These are not generic homes; they are all customizable when you work with our interior designer Greg McKenzie or our architect, Todd Nagy.” This is an important aspect of The Fields that sets it apart from other developments. “The 28 homes can be built from our customers’ own plans or they can choose from our customizable models.”
Criscuolo is proud of Paramount Custom Homes’ upscale approach to the building process. “What other builders call options, we call standard. We have custom kitchens with two-inch mitered stone countertops, custom kitchen cabinets, all trim custom-made, and all bath vanities custom-made. Kitchen appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf are also standard features. We offer a level of design normally seen in much more expensive homes. We worked rigorously to make the houses stand out. All tile areas and baths have a lot of marble and high-end tile. And Blackman provided all our plumbing fixtures.”
When homebuyers want specific design options, Bill Locantro says they are easily included. “Customers are looking at options like built-in wine cellars on the lower level or in the dining room, spas, saunas, and converting outdoor space to indoor space,” he notes. “We want to be flexible by design, whether our home buyers want to add a room or change a roofline.”
Locantro also emphasized the value of the initial price points at The Fields. “The entry price is under market right now, and as we sell these homes, we anticipate that the prices will go up.”
Greg McKenzie, Designer of Record for The Fields, brings his vast experience as an interior designer in the East End and beyond to this project.
While the homes are bright and spacious, they are also built on a human scale, McKenzie notes. “You don’t need a huge house to have a great home. There are no cookie-cutter looks in these eight different houses that come with everything from soup to nuts that you need, plus a private swimming pool.”
McKenzie brings his celebrated transitional style to every part of the floor plan. “Interiors include coffered ceilings, white oak floors, custom designed tilework, and lots of options to make the homes here very special,” he says. “Homebuyers can work with me to customize their house, it’s an option the builder is offering.” The generous builder’s allowance for interiors includes items like tile, kitchen cabinetry, plumbing projects and appliances.
“Blackman was very involved in the bathrooms, lighting, fixtures and faucets and the exterior lighting. They are a fantastic source for Paramount Custom Homes,” McKenzie notes. “It’s very important for us to have a great relationship with Blackman, especially with all the things we need to create custom homes.”
Smart design makes the layouts comfortable and livable, McKenzie says. “The homes at The Fields are very much about today’s living, incorporating lifestyle needs. The floor plans are open, airy and bright. The lower level can be finished with a gym, home theater, different flooring and a full bath; a powder room is already included. The true luxury of this new community is the fact that you can really make the house your own, all plans can be different, and there are a lot of options for every room.”
A sought-after destination, Southampton is one of the most desirable resort areas on the East Coast, McKenzie observes. “The Fields is in a fantastic location; it’s about a two-and-a-half hour drive from New York City, and is convenient to the village of Southampton and the ocean beaches. Southampton Village has great shopping on Jobs Lane and Main Street at J. McLaughlin, Brooks Brothers, London Jewelers and restaurants like Le Charlot and 75 Main. It’s just fantastic to be so close to everything offered there.”
Pete Criscuolo, Project Manager of The Fields, says quick closings are available at The Fields for buyers who act quickly. “We have two immediate occupancy homes; Lot 22 has the Dunemere and Lot 18, the Maidstone. These two homes give a good feel of what’s included, and they are ready right now, just in time to enjoy this summer.”
Weekend visitors will appreciate a location that’s easy to reach, Crisculo notes. “The beauty of The Fields is its position geographically. You don’t get caught in traffic once you get off Sunrise Highway. We are just south of the highway so it’s just a short distance from there and you’re home.” He adds that The Fields’ location is a sweet spot for day trips to Bridgehampton, Wainscott, Water Mill, Sag Harbor or even Montauk at the very end of Long Island.
Comparative values for a home of this caliber would be priced at around $4.85 million, Crisculo says. “We can offer a discounted rate since we are completing 28 homes and passing those savings onto the consumer. In the Hamptons, this is a great foot-in-the-door opportunity whether it’s your first or last home. We are happy to be able to offer this type of a value and extend our reach to a wider range of home buyers.”