Isn’t it Rich
Shelter Island – Waterfront
July 25, 2016
If ever there were a beach house that felt flawless, that took us back to a simpler time, that called on us to reconnect with both our East End farm culture and our sea culture, that has stood the test of time and, today, exudes everything from charm to grace to luxury, this beach house is it. There’s a vibe here. Idyllic, authentic and tasteful describe it best.
A more-than-thoughtful nod to the past was mixed meticulously with the needs of modern times when the home’s restoration was conceived. So much so, in fact, that upon entry you might be fooled into thinking you’re in a new house. But begin to explore, room-by-room, and it starts to sink-in. You’ll be struck by a sense of both history and pedigree; of past meeting present. It becomes apparent by the flow, the room sizes, the detail and the finishes. Happily, the integrity of this home remains wonderfully in-tact.
The private compound-like setting on Shelter Island’s south side sits, waterfront, on West Neck Harbor. The property’s three separate structures are anchored by the main house: a 2,710 +/- square foot shingle-styled farmhouse originally built in 1888.
The views of West Neck Harbor are visible from most rooms in the house. The living room was smartly designed to include a wall of French doors opening to a harborside screened porch with views to the beach and private dock. There’s also a lovely formal dining room, separate library and spacious kitchen, which has a built-in banquette and leads out to the waterside brick patio.
The main house features front and rear staircases, each leading to a very generous second level with a private master suite, a second bedroom with en-suite bath and two additional guest bedrooms. There’s also a third level with a Juliet balcony to enjoy the view, which is presently being used as an office.
Outside is the heated gunite pool, surrounded by gardens with views out to the water. The two other structures across the nearly 1.5-acre property include a guest cottage with the same period charm as the main house plus a separate three car garage…well suited to house a few classics!
A home like this one is not easy to come by. It’s incredibly beautiful. It’s old. It’s new. It’s spacious. It’s private. It’s scenic. It’s perfectly located. And it speaks to the unique qualities of Shelter Island, which is only a five minute ferry ride away, yet seems as though it might be an entire world away.