Most Levitt houses on Long Island have been expanded and modified over the years. But Paula Clayton added her own artistic touches to her home in Levittown, now on the market for $339,000.
Clayton, a poet and artist who died in 2006, outfitted the main floor of the two-story house with Vermont slate and oak floors and added rustic paneling, cabinets, bookcases and beams made of pine and pecky cypress throughout. “She came from Maine, and it’s more like a Maine house,” says Clayton’s daughter, Jan Volz, explaining the New England feel of the four-bedroom, 2-1/2-bathroom home, which Clayton bought soon after it was built in about 1950.
The centerpiece is a winter landscape Clayton painted on the living room wall, her take on a Currier and Ives print. Volz said her mother came home every night and added to the oil painting little by little. Clayton also used the garage — which was eventually connected to the main house and includes a greenhouse — as a studio and classroom where she taught arts and crafts.
It is listed with Martin Sorrentino of RE/MAX Innovations.