This circa-1889 Huntington Bay Victorian listed for $1.25 million was once part of the sprawling Oaks estate.
The seven-bedroom, 3.5-bath mansion has high ceilings, deep moldings, cedar shake shutters and oak floors throughout. There are eight fireplaces, each with a unique design.
“If someone wants to put their signature finishing touches, it would be just magnificent,” says listing agent Jeanne Leonard, of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Real Estate. She is co-listing with Elizabeth Brown.
Leonard says the current owners have already installed a new heating system and restored the plaster walls and fireplaces.
The first floor has a covered patio, parlor, den, eat-in kitchen, dining room with beamed ceiling and an office. Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with a bathroom en suite, a parlor, four more bedrooms and a full bathroom. The third floor has three bedrooms, a full bath and attic storage.
A 2.5-car attached garage was previously the mansion’s summer kitchen and still has its original tin ceiling, Leonard says.
Ownership of the 0.82-acre property includes deeded mooring and beach rights with the Bay Hills Beach Association.
John Cartledge bought The Oaks — then 52 acres of land — from the estate of George Shaw for $57,000 in 1902. It was a time when Huntington Bay was “a summer playground for the rich,” according to “Huntington Bay Hills History and Heritage,” a book published by the Huntington Bay Hills Property Owners Association.
The estate grew by 19.7 acres after Cartledge bought an adjacent parcel from R.A. Mansfield Hobbs in 1904 for $6,686.75. When Cartledge died in 1912, the massive property was divided among his surviving children.