The back of this 1838 Greek Revival gem has been making the rounds on social media for years, and I have always admired it and wondered about the rest of the house. It just so happens that it has been on the market since 2015… and it was featured in the April 2010 issue of Traditional Home! Located in Bellport Village in Bellport, New York – about an hour’s drive from Manhattan – this historic estate has a storied past. It was once the summer home of Birdsall Otis Edey, author, playwright, and later, the organizer and national president of the Girl Scouts of America. In 2004 the current owners – who are art consultants – commissioned interior designer Jamie Drake of Drake/Anderson to restore their historic home, known as Nearthebay. Dilapidated and at one time nearly demolished, the elegant home was restored to its original grandeur, yet infused with modern informality. While traditional architecture is honored, the couple’s love for art (including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein) takes center stage.
“This small East Coast village has smitten the likes of royals, Instagram heavyweights, and anyone looking for a picture-perfect getaway,” reports Town & Country. “Bellport is many things, but most of all, it is a sanctuary for those who still treasure community and good old-fashioned relaxation… Bellport has somehow managed to remain preserved in a time where neighbors were, well, neighborly, free time actually existed (and was treasured), and there was nothing wrong with a little (or a lot of) peace and quiet.”
“We love that each room is historically correct, yet has some quirkiness,” the homeowners told Traditional Home. “We bought a historic home and wanted to maintain that tradition and history, yet incorporate our love of color and contemporary art.”
Nearthebay features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 7 working original marble fireplaces, and over 6,ooo square feet on 1.54 acres. For additional information, please visit Old Purchase Properties Real Estate.