by Nancy Kane
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history, complete with every modern convenience, is listed with Mary Slattery at Corcoran, asking $6,995,000. Built by George White, a colorful character—he was both a gold prospector and whaling captain—his house is known as the Captain George White House and, at 159 Main Street, it sits at the gateway to charming Southampton Village.
The west wing was originally built around 1750 and the east wing a hundred years later. The original structure underwent an extensive renovation and expansion in 2016, elevating this classic home to the standards of today’s discerning house seeker. Now, the main house features four levels of living space with seven bedrooms, including a generous first floor primary suite with access to the gardens. The main house also has a fireplace and two guest rooms on the lower level. There is a two-story chef’s kitchen, fireplaces in the parlor and library, and a fully furnished lower level with a media room, wine cellar, gym, billiard room, sauna and guest room. A 900-square-foot pool house, complete with kitchen and full bath sits adjacent to a 20- x 40-foot gunite pool with spa and outdoor shower. There’s even a detached three-car garage and separate artist studio amid lush and mature landscaping.
In the estate section of coveted Georgica, Rylan Jacka, an Associate Broker at Sotheby’s International Realty, has a beauty at 327 Georgica Road in East Hampton, asking $9,450,000. Privacy is yours with this gated traditional at the end of a cul-de-sac, set on 1.2 acres. The property features an all-weather tennis court, basketball half-court, heated gunite pool and spa, and pool house with wet bar and full outdoor kitchen. Inside, entertaining is a breeze with a formal dining room, spacious living areas, a professionally equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, a sunroom and a covered dining veranda with a large bluestone terrace. Homeowners will enjoy a theater, billiards room and gym. Two guest suites on the built-out lower level as well as a separate primary suite over the two-car garage offer overnight guests their own space to relax and unwind.
Sag Harbor Village’s original Hannibal French House at 30 Hampton Street, built in 1830, has been restored to its historic beauty by Dragana Vlatkovic, a local designer and engineer known for her meticulous mindfulness and historically sensitive restoration techniques. Hannibal French was a whaling entrepreneur and his home featured classic, of-the-period rooms with soaring ceilings, large windows and elegant French doors. Vlatkovic re-milled and reset the original wide-plank pine floors, restored ornamental scrolls in the staircase and had the windows custom made to fit the originals (and made them energy efficient).
Bright, open living spaces include two original fireplaces with restored mantels and lead to a substantial new rear addition—with a primary suite above, and a finished lower level features a chef’s kitchen with quartz waterfall island and top-of-the-line appliances. A casual multipurpose area that is part of the kitchen wing draws plenty of sunlight and has a fireplace for cozy winter meals. Special touches such as a built-in desk, a butler’s nook and separate pantry complete this room, which opens to a covered mahogany porch with a view of the backyard.
The landing upstairs has a built-in antique French notary cabinet, and the primary suite features a sunny writer’s alcove, two custom walk-in closets, a gas fireplace and a soaking tub in an Italian tiled bathroom. A finished walkout lower level offers a bedroom and media room, bar and office or gym and laundry room. Tall privet, gorgeous hydrangeas and mature trees line the property and frame a new gunite pool. Asking $5,995,000, the listing is with Lylla Carter and Krae Van Sickle of Saunders.