Haute Habitats July 2012

Calling itself a “Victorian Village by the Sea,” Sea Cliff is rife with historic homes and structures, attracting visitors and scholars from well beyond its borders. Just one square mile, nestled atop a 120-foot bluff and just 25 miles east of Manhattan on LI’s North Shore, this Gold Coast village is home to more than 100 buildings demonstrating the styles of the late Victorian era including the Gothic and Gingerbread forms. A walk through its streets reveals prime examples of cast iron gates, slate roofs, sash and bay windows, cornices, turrets, towers and all the lovely hallmarks of the period.

At the turn of the century, Sea Cliff was a popular summer resort for New Yorkers visiting the Sound. Today, the village of about 5,000 residents in the Town of Oyster Bay has 16 neighborhood parks and a private beach. Memorial Park, at Prospect and Sea Cliff Avenues, is a peaceful respite with stunning views of LI Sound, Hempstead Harbor and the NY and Connecticut shorelines.

This Eastlake Victorian home is a romantic treasure possessing the beauty and grandeur of the past, with modern amenities to provide the ease and comfort of today. The three-story house is adorned with all the trappings of a fine Victorian home, including a gorgeous slate roof with multiple peaks, overhangs and copper elements, a classic weathervane, brick chimney, wraparound porch, red stained glass windows and ornate decorative carving and latticework. A roomy deck upstairs rests above a lovely porte cochere with brick patio leading to the front door beneath.

Inside, the gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, a cooking fireplace and custom cabinetry. Massive mahogany pocket doors and 12-foot decorative plaster ceilings are found throughout, as are inlaid oak and mahogany floors, creating incredible flow from room to room, ideal for entertaining or large families. A full basement woodshop, study, playroom and oversized master suite with large clawfoot soaking tub provide plenty of room for mom and dad, while the third floor children’s rooms keep kids neither too close nor too far. It’s no wonder she’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location: Sea Cliff
List Price: $1.75 million
Taxes: $11,500
Style: Eastlake Victorian
Year Built: 1873
Rooms: 12
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Lot Size: .31 acres
Fireplaces: 2
Listing agent: Kim Vigliotti, Sherlock Homes Realty Corp.