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HOUSE OF THE WEEK, SHELTER ISLAND

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

specimen trees.

An original barn was brought over as well and is now a two-car garage with

a loft.

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

room.

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

storage area.

The shared dog-leg dock, reinforced by a sea wall, is one of the largest on

the island.

Location: Shelter Island

Price: $6.999 million

Taxes: $16,727

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.

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