Haute Habitats November 2011

The Village of Asharoken is a beachfront community in the Town of Huntington with a population of around 650. It is located on the isthmus that connects Eatons Neck and the Village of Northport on the Long Island Sound. Originally within the territory of the Matinecock Native Americans, Asharoken was known to the tribe as “Opcathontyche,” (“wading place creek”). When the land (within the parcel that included Northport and Eatons Neck) was sold to English settlers in 1656, the chief that cut the deal was named Asharoken, thus the modern village name. A quiet corner of the North Shore for a few subsequent centuries, Asharoken’s transformation into an upper-class resort town was spearheaded by Northport lawyer and landowner William Codling at the turn of the 20th century. He created a development known as Asharoken Beach and by 1915, the whole area was a thriving summer playground. In 1925, Asharoken’s property owners formed an incorporated village.

Being an isthmus, the entire village has spectacular water views and private beachfront property. There is public boating and beach access at Asharoken Beach and Crab Meadow Park in Northport and Hobart Beach Park on Eatons Neck. Nearby Northport has a wealth of culture destinations, such as the John W. Engeman Theater, for Broadway-style shows, diverse cuisine and shops and boutiques owned and operated by locals.

One could spend an entire weekend strolling the 21.9-acre grounds of this estate on Asharoken’s secluded Duck Island. The entire property is tucked at the end of a private road on a peninsula jutting out into Northport Bay. Complete with a baseball field, horse pond, a walkable sea wall, deer and fox occasionally scurrying about, this unspoiled horse property is a nature lover’s dream. It sports 4,157 feet of beachfront, more than ¾ of a mile. There are three large buildings—the main house, a guest cottage atop a four-car garage and a horse barn, also with living quarters above. The 11-bedroom, 6.5-bath main house is a sprawling, almost completely original Swedish Manor estate built in 1929. Every single window features a water view. Even the windows in the horse stalls in the barn have water views. A fabulous estate to entertain, one can also envision it being used as a summer camp or an artist colony. The only problem would be getting the campers or guests to leave.

Location: Asharoken
List Price: $8,000,000
Taxes: $79,606
Village Taxes: $22,292
Style: : Swedish Manor
Year Built: 1929
Rooms: 30
Bedrooms: 15
Baths: 8 full, 2 half
Lot Size: 21.9 acres
Fireplaces: 3
Listing Agent: Signature Premier Properties