Traditional, colonial architecture gets a fresh twist in this estate sitting on two acres on the western edge of Lloyd Harbor. Pull up to the side of the home on a parking pad in front of a three-car garage. Up a massive, curving stone staircase, the entryway reveals itself. Nestled between a gambrel roof and an eyebrow window is a two-story tower that houses the central stairway and almost feels like the inside of a lighthouse. An elevator inside also accesses each floor. The home is grounded with a stone foundation below traditional clapboard siding.
Inside, creamy white walls and painted trim play background to large swaths of fine woodworking. The generous kitchen continues the mix with painted cabinets and stained wood, a paneled refrigerator and freezer and pro-grade appliances. The bluestone patio out back overlooks a lake. Nearly every wall surface is decorated in moldings, from the English-library style of the entryway to the painted details in the bathrooms or cathedral ceiling of the bedroom. Come fall’s chilly mornings guests are treated to radiant floor heating during morning coffee and conversation around any of the three fireplaces. Views of the sound abound and, come summer, the mooring rights will help one explore the nooks and crannies of Oyster Bay by launching right off the backyard.
It gets dark awfully early in Lloyd Harbor, a peninsula with about 20 miles of coast that sticks out into Long Island Sound. The village was an early adopter of the “dark sky” movement, which restricts things like streetlights and residential lighting to preserve the sanctity of night. Here homes typically run more than a million dollars but the area does have one big inclusive element: The public, 1,750-acre Caumsett State Historic Park in the center of town. Residents and visitors alike head there to bike, hike the trails, ride the bridle paths, take in the scenic views and come winter, do some cross-country skiing. The lighting restrictions and lot sizes, which often start at two acres, help keep nature in plain sight—the town’s gigantic black oak from 1450 might be the oldest in the US and a prime example of the effort to keep things bucolic. A home here affords the best of both worlds: A quiet ￼retreat about an hour’s drive from NYC, yet close enough to take advantage of Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington villages where the streets are lined with shops, restaurants and boutiques.
By The Numbers
List price: $4.3 million
Year built: 2006
Lot size: 2 acres
Listing agency: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty