A historic estate in Blue Point is on the market for $1.595 million.
The 1886 Queen Anne-style mansion belonged to Walter L. Suydam, a prominent businessman and society member. He lived there until his death in 1930.
Suydam named the estate “Manowtasquott,” and the home is known to have hosted numerous Gilded Age gatherings. In 1892, he and his wife, Jane, were included in the “Four Hundred,” Ward McAllister’s list of the “best” New York families. Suydam was a leader or member of such organizations as the Sayville Tournament Committee, the NYC Metropolitan Club and the Society of Colonial Wars, and counted members of the Astor, Roosevelt and Vanderbilt families among his relations.
Owners Michelle and Sean Rose purchased the property in 2001. A local historian helped fill them in on the property’s rich history, and Michelle says she hopes the next owner has an eye for historical value and quality.
“Whoever buys it will have to have a love for the finer things,” she says. “It would suit the kind of person who loves history and would love to read about the original owner and architect and appreciate all the details and lines in the wood..”
Michelle Rose notes that the house does include some modern amenities — including an inground pool and home gym — but has been updated and maintained with its original character in mind. The interior of the eight-bedroom, 4½-bath home is replete with custom woodwork, coffered ceilings, pocket doors and hidden compartments.
“I almost can’t even describe it,” Michelle says. “The wood, the craftsmanship — you could never recreate this.”
The house is listed with Barbara Leogrande of Douglas Elliman Real Estate