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An aerial view of the 1882 Victorian mansion

An aerial view of the 1882 Victorian mansion and property at 472 First Neck Lane in Southampton. It is on the market for $11,995,000. Credit: Handout

A historic 1882 Victorian mansion in Southampton has gone on the market for $11.95 million.

Frederick Henry Betts, a patent lawyer, built a string of summer “cottages” in the area for the rich and famous but kept this three-story, 7,000-square-foot mansion for his own. Named Mocomanto, it is situated on 2.2 acres along the banks of Lake Agawam.

After a trip to Venice with wife, Louise Holbrook, Betts had a gondola shipped back to the estate. A gondolier would ferry Holbrook across the lake to attend Sunday services at St. Andrew’s Dune Church

The main house has seven bedrooms and 7 1/2 baths, a formal dining room with a decorative hand-painted ceiling and a foyer with Tiffany glass windows in the door and along one of the walls. There are three fireplaces — one in the master bedroom — and a wraparound porch.

A heated 20-by-50-foot pool is a few feet away from the lake and from a pavilion with a fireplace, kitchen and full bath.

“This is the quintessential cottage — what the Hamptons were all about,” says listing agent Hans von Schirach of Saunders & Associates.


The pool house at a 1954 expanded ranch in Rockville Centre, listed for $2.1 million, brings indoor living outdoors with a fireplace, flat-screen TV and large wet bar that seats 15.

Steps away from the heated in-ground pool and open on three sides, the walls of the structure are a fieldstone veneer, and the ceiling features exposed wood beams and skylights. The sellers, who said they once hosted a backyard party for 300 guests, also installed a koi pond, fire pit and patio in the yard.

The 11-room, two-story main house has six bedrooms, including two master suites, four bathrooms, an eat-in-kitchen, formal dining room, den with sliding glass doors leading to the patio, two fireplaces, eight skylights and an attached two-car garage.

The listing agents are Linda Hill and Mark Shields of RE/MAX Innovations. 

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