A historic Second Empire-style mansion on Long Island asks $2.8M

A historic Second Empire-style mansion on Long Island asks $2.8M

October 18, 2022

Photos courtesy of Dynamic Media Solutions

A historic 160-year-old home in a woodsy, waterfront Long Island village is for sale. Located at 381 West Neck Road in Lloyd Harbor, the Charles Homer Davis House, named after the New York City businessman who built it, was constructed in the 1860s in the Second Empire architectural style. Now asking $2,795,000, the remarkably intact clapboard-clad home rises two and a half stories and features a truncated tower, wrap-around porch, and mansard roof.

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as an example of a large Second Empire-style house “in an area where few houses of this sumptuousness, style or size were built in the mid-to-late nineteenth century,” according to a  National Park Service report.

The historic significance of the property is apparent upon entering the home. The ground floor features a main hall and staircase with a large parlor on one side and a smaller one that leads to a dining room on the other.

The well-preserved interiors on the first level include several surviving original mantlepieces and ceiling medallions. The stunning floor of the foyer features a pattern of alternating dark and light woods that continues into one parlor with a chevron-patterned floor.

The first level also features a formal dining room with original ceiling medallions and an Eastlake fireplace mantel. The classic eat-in kitchen has been updated and is well-equipped with state-of-the-art appliances. There’s also a sunny casual dining area in the kitchen with French doors that lead to the porch.

In total, the home has six bedrooms, many of which have stunning fireplaces with original mantels. The baths have all been renovated to meet modern needs.

Reached via a long curving driveway, the home also features an outdoor pool with a landscaped patio and small stable south of the main house. It sits on two acres of land and is just minutes from the Oyster Bay waterfront and the peaceful Camusett State Historic Park Preserve. Plus, the home is about four miles from the Long Island Rail Road at Huntington station, which will get you to Penn Station in a little over an hour.

The property remained in the Davis family until 1927 and parts of the estate were sold off over the years. According to the National Register of Historic Places archives, the house lost its tower roof in in the 1960s and the balconette over the front porch was also removed. To this day, the Charles Homer Davis House remains the most intact Second Empire-style home in the area.

[Listing details: 381 West Neck Road by Peggy Moriarty of Sotheby’s International Realty]


Photos courtesy of Dynamic Media Solutions

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