Two historic houses owned by the Vassilaros family -- longtime coffee merchants -- are for sale in Miller Place. Family member Maria Vassilaros, secretary-manager of the company, says the properties were bought by her grandparents in the 1940s. They lived in the larger, circa 1845, 10-room Colonial, above, that eventually became a summer retreat they called The Farm.
Vassilaros recalls happy summers in the 1960s and ’70s riding her horse there. Her father allowed local farmers to grow crops on the then-66 acre property in exchange for helping him cultivate a vineyard. Today, most of the original acreage is part of a preserve.
The house, listed for $950,000, stands on a 2.32-acre parcel and has five bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a 2½ car garage and an above-ground pool.
Next to the property is a smaller Colonial built in 1840 on a 1.9-acre lot, left. It is listed for $350,000. The home’s original kitchen -- a separate shed-type structure -- still stands behind the house. There are seven rooms, including three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, two fireplaces, wood floors, an eat-in kitchen and family room.
Tor Johnson of H & G Realty New York is listing both homes.