Interior decorator Jill Vegas recently reduced the asking price of her Shelter Island farmhouse by $90,000 to $885,000. The house went on the market right before Memorial Day last year, says listing broker Penelope Moore, senior vice president of The Corcoran Group.
Built in 1898, the farmhouse was in the same family until Vegas purchased it in 2006. “She was attracted to the size of the lot [1.65 acres] and the fact that it has a barn and is surrounded by farmhouses,” Moore says.
While the house retains many original details, Vegas streamlined the dated kitchen, which now has an island and is mostly white. “It’s the only modern room in the house,” Moore notes.
The layout includes a front screened porch, front parlor and living room with a fireplace and a bay window and a formal dining room. A guest bedroom with a full bath is on the main level, while three bedrooms, including the master suite — with sitting room and bathroom — are on the second floor. What’s really cool about the house, Moore says, is that two of the three bathrooms have showers in closets. The last two generations of the original family of owners were plumbers. Another unusual feature for a house this age is the number of windows — each room has two or three windows on each side, Moore adds.
There is a wine cellar on the lower level. And outside, Vegas created outdoor living spaces around established specimen trees and perennial gardens. Moore says she particularly enjoys the grape arbor, where one can chill out in the shade on a hot day.