Removed from the glitz and glam of the Hamptons, the hamlet of Peconic is its own private paradise offering one of Long Island’s last vestiges of a simpler life. Hidden between the Long Island Sound and the bay, Peconic is a quaint town featuring some of the most magnificent landscapes and attractions, including this home. It was inspired by Felsted, the 1896 Maine summer home of Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed Central Park and the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.
One of the home’s signature features is a pair of large gables. The one in front rises to greet guests as it pops up above the trees. Out back it provides third story views of the Sound beyond the landscape. The property screams privacy: The home sits on more than 12.5 acres, adjacent to 70 more of preserved land including 368 feet of private beach. Inside is an open floor plan with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. While entertaining, guests glide from the gourmet kitchen to the window-lined great room. French doors and thick crown molding create a luxurious feel against the rustic backdrop of the property. The kitchen mixes warm wood cabinets with dark countertops and flooring accented by shiny commercial grade appliances. Enjoy the sunsets from the wrap-around mahogany deck overlooking the vibrant greenery and water views.
Peconic, a small hamlet just off the bay, is a charming town in the midst of North Fork wine country. The town stretches the width of the fork and the beaches are as beautiful as some of Long Island’s more famous ones, albeit with fewer people and more rocks. Here, adorable and spartan summer cottages line up against both old-school seafood shacks and lavish restaurants dishing up the freshest food around—just one benefit of being near both farms and fishing boats. A stroll down Main Street offers some of the same touches most coastal towns have, like antique shops, boutiques selling beach apparel and farm stands where an aluminum can and your honesty stand in for a cashier. But Peconic also adds those agricultural touches, which aren’t too far from any town on the fork, like the Catapano Dairy Farm that turns goat milk into cheese and brownies. It’s easy to understand why the calm, protected waters draw admirers. In 1939 it was the view south that Albert Einstein took in while visiting the area. During his stay here he signed and mailed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt advising him to explore the use of nuclear energy, leading to the Manhattan Project.
BY THE NUMBERS
List price: $7.5 million
Year built: 2002
Bathrooms: 3 1⁄2
Lot size: 12.71 acres
Listing agency: Corcoran Group Real Estate