Stepping back in time, before vehicles ruled the roadways, residents traversed Long Island by horse and buggy. And before there were garages to house cars, there were carriage houses. Those that survived were separated from the estates when the properties were subdivided, and many became private residences, several of which are now on the market.
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,976
PROPERTY SIZE: 0.72 acres
ANNUAL TAXES: $16,684
HISTORY: This carriage house of architect Robert T. McKee’s former 10-acre estate, which was years later turned into an Elks lodge, is in Smithtown hamlet. Dating back to 1900, the original estate house burned down after a lightning strike in 1923. The mansion was rebuilt in 1924 and is in the carriage house’s backyard.
OTHER FEATURES: This four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath farmhouse-style home features terra cotta floors in the dining room and kitchen, walls of glass, a vaulted ceiling, French doors and a 700-square-foot extension from the original carriage house. The property is zoned for horses.
LISTING AGENT: Nancy Wightman or Rosemary Culhane, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 631-863-9800
Glen Cove: $1.35 million
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,200 (main house), 1,350 (cottage)
PROPERTY SIZE: 0.54 acres
ANNUAL TAXES: $19,379
HISTORY: Dating back to 1903 and part of the former Whitney estate, the house’s exterior covers the original wood. The estate’s mansion is right across from the front yard of the property.
OTHER FEATURES: Two homes in one -- the former carriage house and a tenant’s cottage -- make up this complex. In total, there are six bedrooms, three full baths and two half-baths. There are coffered ceilings in the great room and wainscoting throughout.
LISTING AGENT: Kim Gioia, Sherlock Homes Realty, 516-671-1717
Cold Spring Harbor: $1.695 million
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,548
PROPERTY SIZE: 2 acres
ANNUAL TAXES: $43,251
HISTORY: Architect Everett Post owned the hilltop estate, which had a long driveway and two archways, each connected with a small house on either side, including this carriage house. Post subdivided the property, moving each of the four houses onto its own 2-acre lot. The building is designed to look like a French country home.
OTHER FEATURES: This four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home has cathedral ceilings and new oak floors. A 1999 addition has a guest room and bathroom. The home has deeded water views of Cold Spring Harbor and beach, tennis and mooring rights.
LISTING AGENT: Margaret Hargraves and Kimberly Como, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 631-692-6770
Glen Cove: $499,000
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,344
PROPERTY SIZE: 0.21 acres
ANNUAL TAXES: $8,573
HISTORY: This home is one of six carriage houses built for the Pratt family and dates back to 1888. Industrialist Charles Pratt built five mansions in Glen Cove for his family, all of which still exist in various forms: the Glen Cove Mansion, Glengarrif Healthcare Center, the Webb Institute of Engineering, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center at Welwyn Preserve, and a Russian government retreat for diplomats. This carriage house was most likely built for the Glen Cove Mansion, says listing agent Michael Stanco.
OTHER FEATURES: The house has three bedrooms, one full and one half-bath, a front porch, an updated kitchen, gas heat and electric.
LISTING AGENT: Michael Stanco, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-759-0400
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,972
PROPERTY SIZE: 0.54 acres
ANNUAL TAXES: $20,451
HISTORY: Part of the Kirby Hill estate, the Joseph Samson Stevens home was built circa 1908. Stevens, a director at Chemical National Bank, was a corporal in Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. All the brick in the house is original. Hidden doors in the walls were used during Prohibition to hide illicit stores of alcohol.
OTHER FEATURES: There’s original millwork and moldings in this brick-and-wood four-bedroom, three-bath house, which overlooks a pond.
LISTING AGENT: Batul Morbi, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Laffey International Realty, 516-224-4600
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,300
PROPERTY SIZE: 1 acre
ANNUAL TAXES: $13,661
HISTORY: Built circa 1845 by Obadiah Smith, grandson of the founder of Smithtown, the mansion that belonged to this carriage house was destroyed in a fire earlier this year.
OTHER FEATURES: This seven-bedroom, three-bath house served as a two-family home for years, so it has two kitchens and dual staircases. There’s a reading room on the main floor and a playroom and office on the second floor, plus many updates, including appliances, roof, windows, doors, heating, electric, central air and cesspools.
LISTING AGENT: Stephanie Hagstrom, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 631-478-7942.
Sands Point: $3.8 million
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,205
PROPERTY SIZE: 1.5 acres
ANNUAL TAXES: $44,477
HISTORY: This turn-of-the-last-century carriage house was rumored to have once been the home of a duke. The house was moved from the front of the property to its current location before 1950.
OTHER FEATURES: This five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath house has been renovated and expanded with Lutron Smart home programmable lighting and Sonos integrated music systems. The master suite has a spa bath, gym and office. There’s an oversized screened-in porch and in-ground pool.
LISTING AGENT: Maggie Keats, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-883-5200
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,200
PROPERTY SIZE: .12 acres
ANNUAL TAXES: $5,214
HISTORY: Built in the 1880s, this is the former carriage house to the Jesse Felt estate. Felt was a local merchant who owned a hardware store in Huntington village.
OTHER FEATURES: The kitchen of the three-bedroom, two-bath, one-half-bath home has stainless steel appliances, a dining room with built-ins, hardwood floors and moldings, gas heat and cooking and ample storage and work space.
LISTING AGENT: Tina McGowan, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 631-692-6770