Growing up on Howard Street in Sag Harbor was about as good as it gets. Sledding from the top of the hill down to Long Island Avenue was a breathless trip, much better than the more ballyhooed Pierson hill at the high school.
Our own private shortcut down Spring Street through the parking lot alley left us at the front door of The Paradise with its hot fudge sundaes and homemade ice cream. There were no hotels, motels, or restaurants on West Water Street — just the Cove and the old town dock. That meant bottle fish and snappers for the taking, enough to fill a little boy’s pail up in no time. All this and regular visits courtesy of Cilli’s cows next door — and yes, the old bull got out a couple times, but we survived.
The houses, all centuries old, were small, but comfortable, filled with the original architectural details that have so tragically vanished since. Yes, most need work, and in the last couple years, a phenomenon has occurred — almost every property has been recast, and the result is one of the nicest streets in the village (and priciest, too!).
Smack dab in the middle of the block sits the original house of Captain David Cartwright. After 10 years of meticulous renovation and restoration, it comes on the market completely repurposed This rare gem not only features custom craftsmanship, design, and engineering, it is truly a one-of-a-kind home due to current Sag Harbor Village Zoning that prevents it from being reproduced or replicated.
The home was designed with the goal of preserving its historic architectural details and footprint, while infusing modern interiors and luxury amenities.
Built circa 1835, the house has been masterfully reconstructed with period details and historic materials, designed with a thoughtful open flow through expansive sunlit rooms with state-of-the-art systems and technologies. The 5000-square-foot home on .2 acres with three levels features four bedrooms and four 1/2 baths with high ceilings, antique crown molding, wainscoting and trim, and bleached, white-washed, wide-plank antique pine floors throughout. The beautifully landscaped, expansive backyard includes a heated gunite salt-water pool with a handcrafted stone pagoda, which houses an outdoor kitchen, bar, and lounge area.
The front portico is one of the most regal in all of Sag Harbor, a carefully restored Greek Revival entry with fluted wooden columns and pediment, original eight-paneled front door, and Federal-style transom. It is an exquisite example of Federal/Greek Revival architecture. Matt Breitenbach at Compass will handle the sale. The asking price, in line with the other newly renovated homes on the street, is a very doable $6.75 million. Beth Felsen is handling the sale with Matthew Breitenbach, both from Compass.
Ride For Love Hits $1 Mil
Douglas Elliman’s seventh annual Ride for Love, benefiting God’s Love We Deliver, has raised more than $1 million in donations for the charitable organization, which translates to 100,000 nutritious and individually-tailored meals for people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
This year, 65 Elliman agents and staff participated in Ride for Love which ultimately concluded in Montauk with a celebration fêting the million-dollar milestone at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café.
“Each year, I am amazed by the passion and dedication from our Elliman agents and staff,” says Scott Durkin, president and chief operating officer of Douglas Elliman. “It’s an honor to partner with God’s Love We Deliver to give back to the communities in which we serve throughout New York and Long Island.”