The former winter cottage of August Heckscher’s estate is on the market for $2.5 million.

The 1.05-acre property is located in the Huntington community of Wincoma, which was once Heckscher’s private estate. The German-born Hecksher, for whom both Hecksher State Park in East Islip and Heckscher Park in Huntington are named, was an industrialist, real estate developer and philanthropist who specialized in child welfare and social issues. He created a fine arts building in 1920, which became Huntington’s Hecksher Museum of Art.

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The 1902 cedar shake Dutch colonial has been completely restored. “There’s an oversized front door -- it’s really grand -- and a bridal staircase when you first walk in,” says Donna Spinoso of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, who is co-listing the property with Lee Cunningham. The home has six bedrooms. “Two of the bedrooms are up off of a back staircase, which were probably servants' rooms at the time,” Spinoso says.

The home features a gourmet kitchen and a butler’s pantry, and all 5½ bathrooms have been remodeled. The grounds include a greenhouse, a pool and a hot tub, as well as an underground spa facility.

“The property is beautiful. It feels like you’re in Nantucket. When you see that Dutch colonial, on over an acre of property by the water -- it’s like you’re taking a step back in time,” says Spinoso. “The other great thing about Wincoma is that there’s a boat dock. A lot of beach associations in the area do not have their own dock. The dock belongs to the whole association,” she says.

The association fee is $600 per year and includes the beach, mooring and road maintenance. Annual taxes on the property are $15,739 with a STAR reduction.


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