1895 – Saint James (Stanford White) – $1,250,000

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Added to OHD on 1/20/20   -   Last OHD Update: 5/30/20   -   23 Comments
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20 Harbor Rd, Saint James, NY 11780

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  • $1,250,000
  • 16 Bed
  • 6.5 Bath
  • 8000 Sq Ft
  • 3.75 Ac.
Own a Piece of Architectural History Set Up High on Hill Overlooking Stony Brook Harbor. Welcome to the Wetherill Estate. Built in 1895 by Famous Architect Stanford White, Who Built the Rose Clift Manor in Newport, RI and Architectural Gems like The Washington Square Arch in Manhattan. This Estate Offers Breathtaking Views of the Harbor. This Estate Has 16 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths and is Situated on 3.75 Acres. Step Back in Time and Imagine Bringing This Glorious Home Back To Its Original Majesty!
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Nicole Petersen, Icon Properties
(631) 476-7600
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23 Comments on 1895 – Saint James (Stanford White) – $1,250,000

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3480 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Even in its current condition I would’ve expected it to cost more. What an amazing house and property! Hopefully its pedigree will keep it from being razed and something more modern being built in its place.

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  2. BethHBethH says: 227 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    Shades of Gatsby! Can you just imagine the entertaining that was done here back in the day?

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  3. TGrantTGrant says: 804 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    My word this is marvelous!

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  4. KarenBKarenB says: 242 comments
    1885 KY farm center chimney cape style
    KY

    WOW what an abode! Stunning but what really made me look at this was the blue color shading done by the realtor. It totally made it pop. Glad I looked at it. I can’t even imagine being so lucky to call a place like this home.

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  5. JeffJeff says: 126 comments
    1876 Rural Victorian
    OR

    Holy guacamole! That kitchen has hardly been touched! A Sanford White mansion on almost 4 waterfront acres! What a steal at 1.5 million! Let’s hope that whomever ends up with this place treats it with the respect it deserves. If this place intrigues you, this is a very good book about a similar oceanside mansion: https://www.amazon.com/Big-House-Century-American-Summer/dp/074324964X

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  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 6056 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I hope the punk vandal who kicked out those few balusters broke at least one toe.

    Don’t know why the agent wouldn’t mention the new roof, (I’m assuming);
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/20+Harbor+Rd,+St+James,+NY+11780/@40.8922555,-73.1706254,36m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e83967e32c9913:0x51eae87228c43f41!8m2!3d40.8922134!4d-73.1705932
    Seems to me a rather pertainant fact any buyer would find immediately reassuring. One certainly would have fun keeping those valleys clear of leaves come fall time: though If you’ve got the scratch to buy and restore this place, you can likely afford to hire the job out. Fun for him then. πŸ™‚

    Stove freaks like me will immediately recognize the particular model of cast iron range still there in the kitchen;
    https://images.estately.net/15_3193121_9_1579484442.jpg
    as it is moderately iconic, (famous); seen here with “marble faun”;
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fd/85/f8/fd85f8cd1123682354e8a491866951cb.jpg

    https://i.cbc.ca/1.4012084.1488828251!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/grey-gardens-2.JPG

    Immmmpressive.

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    • StacyStacy says: 394 comments
      1900 Maybe Craftsmen
      TX

      Wow! Wow! Wow! And did I say Wow?! No matter what, this a Grande home, a great location.. love it!! Man o man I wish this could be mine!! It could easily be a spectacular B & B (without messing up that kitchen gosh Lord please don’t let anyone mess up that kitchen) I so wish I had the opportunity to do it!!

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    • roxxxroxxx says: 501 comments
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      oh no… the crazy ladies….backs away from your photos

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  7. JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
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    Kate Annette Smith Wetherill (1852-1908) was Stanford White’s sister-in-law, and the home was built on Smith family property next to White’s own home, Box Hill. The original parcel was very large – the back gate was a quarter mile away on Moriches Rd. The lot was 26 acres with 2 cottages and a stone bridge when entered on the National Register in 1992.
    Legend has it that White joked “I am going to design her the ugliest house you ever saw!” Maybe not his best work but it ain’t ugly!

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  8. It seems that I have the same wallpaper as one of the bedrooms. That’s really exciting for me. I wish I could post a picture of it.

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  9. MWMW says: 878 comments

    The $52K/yr property taxes might take a good bite out the restoration budget for the average person. But I guess this is not an average person’s type of house.

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  10. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 458 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    This is a very famous house, at least in architectural circles. It is sad to see it in this condition.
    The wallpaper in the kitchen is a William Morris design. With the rest of the house’s finishes in taters, this paper is in remarkable condition. Many Victorians liked to use ‘sanitary,’ wallpapers, their best effort at a washable kitchen paper, or white paint in their kitchens. A patterned paper would have been an unusual Victorian era choice. Would Stanford White specify such a paper?
    It seems unlikely with the rest of the house in rough condition, that anyone would have hung new paper in just the kitchen. Might it be original, and not one of liberty and Company’s recreations simply not ruined by water yet? It seems unlikely, but who would have hung very expensive wallpaper in an otherwise empty house?

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  11. MichaelMichael says: 2396 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    It’s quite a stunning house. I hope it finds a person that can give this house a full restoration it deserves. While the exterior is stunning, I would have the same concerns that Jay commented on and that is all the valleys because of the roof design. Perhaps that was Stanford White’s way of tormenting his sister-in-law?

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  12. JoAnnJoAnn says: 130 comments
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    1903 Melissa, TX

    Even needing some paint and some clean up this is super cheap for such a spectacular home! Every room is magnificent. The marble!!! The fireplaces!!! The woodwork!!! Absolutely spectacular.

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  13. KarenZKarenZ says: 1222 comments
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    What an incredible deal on this beautiful place!

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  14. TomTom says: 3 comments

    Such an amazing house and an amazing part of history. But I’m guessing times and fashions have changed and the super-rich prefer something more manageable in or near the East Hamptons. For me it has ‘country Inn’ written all over it- and probably as a tax break because it never turns a profit.

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    • JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
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      Saint James is a commuter town with a LIRR station about a mile from the house. The price and taxes won’t deter any of the thousands of Manhattan professionals that will pay them for a large home anyway, although it’s not the most fashionable address. A Stanford White house with a water view is pretty compelling, and I think this will move fairly quickly.

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      • TomTom says: 3 comments

        It is such an amazing place, I really hope you are right. But I think this was built as a second home or ‘sea-side cottage’. It is a bit further out than most commuters to NYC would expect to travel. And with 16 bedrooms it will be expensive to restore and expensive to maintain. I’m guessing it will sell, and hopefully to someone with a genuine love of the place and with an appreciation of architecture.

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  15. OHDdroolerOHDdrooler says: 26 comments
    MI

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  16. SusanByShoreSusanByShore says: 20 comments
    Manchester, NJ

    🎡🎢🎡 If I had a (few) million dollars…like the advertising for the lottery goes.
    This phenomenal home & its amazing location is an incredible deal! However, maintaining this property & taxes alone are the bigger challenges. If only…

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  17. MJGMJG says: 1720 comments
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    CT

    This house needs the right owner otherwise some seriously deadly limited Stanford White history will be lost forever.

    I can not even believe that kitchen still has the stove.

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