Haute Habitats February 2014

Enjoy a taste of Gilded Age grandeur at Miramar, a home named by the railroad magnate who built it on more than two pristine waterfront acres. The home is everything a restored Victorian should be—fancy, with a two-story entry hall topped with an intricate coffered ceiling and leaded glass windows—yet still unfussy and welcoming. The ride up along the driveway provides the first glimpse of the home’s playfulness: Tiffany blue shutters against traditional white siding. Enjoying some amenities, like the gunite pool and century-old formal gardens, require warmer weather. However, the kitchen, flooded with natural light and filled with high-end appliances like a Fisher & Paykel cooktop, double Wolf wall ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, is a year-round joy. The home is adorned in details from custom parquet wood flooring to handrails to arches and crown molding. And though it’s grand, the rooms feel intimate. When the wind off the sound warms up, step outside onto the patio, cocktail in hand, and take in 210-degree views from Lloyd Neck to coastal Connecticut to Eaton’s Neck. Jay Gatsby would approve.

Around Town
Tucked away on the tip of the peninsula that extends into the harbor is the exclusive, quiet village of Huntington Bay. The hustle and bustle of one of Long Island’s most robust main streets, with shopping, restaurants, live music, galleries and cultural institutions like the Cinema Arts Centre are only a few minutes away. And the neighborhood features some of the swankiest real estate on the north shore. Come summer the village takes to the water. Dock a sizable craft at the 120-year-old Huntington Yacht Club on the west end of town or take in a day on the shore or maybe some tennis at the slightly younger Huntington Bay Club towards the east. For a change of pace, literally, stand up paddleboarding on the cove is perfect. While this community is quiet and low key now, things certainly weren’t always that way. Back in 1776 the British caught Nathan Hale, a Connecticut-born patriot on a spy mission for General Washington, after he tried to sail back into Continental Army-controlled territory leaving from Huntington Bay.

BY THE NUMBERS
List Price: $4,295,000 Taxes: $43,790
Style: Queen Anne Victorian
Year Built: 1896
Rooms: 20
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 6 full, 2 half
Fireplaces: 3
Lot Size: 2.33 acres
Listing Agency: Signature Premier Properties