When Ralph Cartwright’s father built this Shelter Island home, circa 1889, it was located only 6 feet from the banks of Coecles Harbor. However, traffic to Cartwright’s property — then a popular general store — became so heavy that his next-door neighbor, Dr. Fisk, grew annoyed, and the entire structure was moved up the road to its current location. Now on the market for $899,000, the house, still known as the Cartwright Store, remains one of only a few commercially zoned properties on the island.
The current owners took pains to maintain and match the building’s historical features while updating it for 21st century living. Recent improvements include a new roof made with architecturally-matched shingles, new electric and plumbing, and new windows set into the home’s original frames. The kitchen is also new, and features a wine fridge and tin ceilings.
Throughout the home, many vintage details remain, including wide plank floors, built-in shelving, a wood-burning fireplace and three wood-burning stoves. The property also contains a second building, which is currently used as an office.
Outside, the home features a covered porch and a private courtyard between the main house and office.
Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates is listing the property.