Haute Habitats October 2013

Situated on one of the most desirable lots in town, owning an unparalleled view of the harbor and 270 feet of private beach, LaPorta Del Mar exemplifies Roslyn Harbor living. The details of this home’s rich exterior speak to the area’s golden past, spinning a story in Connecticut river rock and Vermont slate with a massive stone turret serving as an exclamation point. This is the home for modern elegance, encircled by verandahs, topped with an impressive stone terrace and layered with rooms that dazzle in their scope and size. A French country kitchen with gilded barrel ceiling. A sprawling library whose French doors open to the harbor beyond. A living room situated around a Corinthian column-framed stone fireplace. An entry foyer that spirals to a dizzying 30-foot height. Each is the signature of a home built to amaze, bringing modern sensibility to Gold Coast luxury.

Autumn belongs to the quaint old-fashioned villages of the North Shore, when trees slowly draining of their emerald hue and settle into a breathtaking kaleidoscope of red, orange and yellow. Few places exemplify this autumnal beauty like Roslyn Harbor, where the winding tree-lined passages that duck and twist between the hills offer a drive-through tour of seasonal splendor. It’s easy to imagine this 1.2 square miles of scenery during its Gold Coast heyday because some of its more legendary manors still stand, such as Cedarmere, the now public estate of William Cullen Bryant. Opulence rests in the hills around Roslyn Harbor, but its real wealth lies in the crisp fall air rolling off the water, part of a quaint window into another time.

Roslyn Harbor

By The Numbers:

List Price: $4,969,000
Taxes: $40,453
Style: French Chateau
Year Built: 2002
Rooms: 14
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 5 full, 1 half
Fireplaces: 5
Lot Size: 1.5 acres
Listing Agency: Douglas Elliman