A circa-1897 Huntington Bay residence listed for $4.5 million was built for banker Edward P. Alling, say local historians.
The seven-bedroom home with four full baths and two half-baths was built in tandem with a neighboring cottage for Pennsylvania Railroad executive John T. Robb. Both were designed by Carnegie Hall architect William Burnett Tuthill.
“They started to compete with each other — who could have the bigger and better home,” says listing agent William Tarantola of Coach Realtors, who is co-listing the home with Elizabeth Alessio. “The appointments on these houses are incredible.”
As updates were made to the home, original leaded glass windows, enameled sinks and solid-oak doors were saved and can be restored by the next owner, Tarantola says.
Visitors arrive to a porte-cochère and mahogany foyer with a fireplace, leaded-glass windows and Huntington Harbor views through the back of the house. High ceilings, French and pocket doors and built-in furnishings are found throughout.
Upstairs, a master-bedroom suite — one of four bedrooms on the level — has a water-facing balcony, fireplace, marble and mahogany bath, walk-in closets and a dressing room.
A finished third floor with a glass cupola and stained glass is accessible by an original service staircase and has three bedrooms, two walk-in closets, a full bath and a lounge in the gambrel.
The 1.62-acre property includes a column-lined covered porch, herringbone red-brick patio, 190 feet of beachfront land and a new sea wall. There is also a guest cottage with a two-car garage.
Deeded dock and beach rights are available to dues-paying members of the Nathan Hale Beach Association.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentifed the owner and his neighbor.