Saved from a wrecking ball, this 1680 Shaker meeting
house was moved to Shelter Island from Mystic, Conn., in 1985.
It had become dilapidated and was about to be destroyed when it was
salvaged by preservationists. They persuaded an heiress to buy it and move it
across Long Island Sound, said Penelope Moore, associate broker of Allan
Schneider Associates, who is handling the sale (631-749-4000, ext. 17). Each
piece of the three-story house was numbered before it was transported to
Shelter Island by barge.
The house was reassembled by shipbuilders on a foundation set on a knoll in
the waterfront estate section along Peconic Bay. "You can see the water from
just about every room," Moore said, noting two rooms overlook a grove of mature
An original barn was brought over as well and is now a two-car garage with
The restored home is built around a massive stone chimney, which opens to
six fireplaces, Moore said, three on the first floor and three on the second.
The largest - about 8 feet wide with a baking oven inside - is in the dining
Other original details include double front doors, hand-blown 12-by-12-inch
sash windows, hand-hewn beams, extra wide plank floors, built-in cabinets,
front and rear staircases, and iron door latches.
Current owner Andr� Balazs, a hotelier whose properties include The Mercer
in SoHo, the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Sunset Beach Hotel on Shelter
Island, had the home furnished with Japanese appointments, including handmade
rice-paper lanterns. "Andr� wanted to keep it simple, because the beauty of the
house is the simplicity of it," Moore said.
The kitchen, which has a wall of windows and open floor plan, is dressed
with black cabinets and a maple butcher block.
The second floor has a master suite and two large bedrooms, and the third
floor has two large bedrooms. There are four bathrooms in the house: one on the
first floor, another on the third, and two on the second floor.
The unfinished basement has a wine cellar, laundry room, computer room and
The shared dog-leg dock, reinforced by a sea wall, is one of the largest on
Location: Shelter Island
Price: $6.999 million
Lot size: 1.80 acres
Square feet: 3,050
Number of rooms: 9
Amenities: Waterfront with docking rights, central air conditioning,
two-car garage with loft.