Built in the 1800s, a 13-room bayfront cottage in Orient, on the market for $1.299 million, has gone through several incarnations. In the 1860s, it was a single-story general store selling groceries and dry goods. A couple of decades later, in the 1880s, the C.B. King General Store was renovated and converted into a two-story hotel. Edgewater Cottage, which was part of the Bay House Hotel complex, had 10 seasonal rental rooms.
After another conversion years later, Bay House Hotel offered five self-contained seasonal rental apartments. Fast-forward to 1997, when the current owners renovated the house, combining the two second-floor apartments to create a single space. “It’s stunning,” says listing agent Paul Loeb of Lloyds Realty Corp. in Greenport.
Offering panoramic views of Gardiners Bay and Long Island Sound, the second floor features a great room with a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace. The space includes the living room, kitchen and dining room, as well as two bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms.
There’s also an outdoor deck. The main level consists of three one-bedroom units, which were updated with new kitchens and baths in 2001. These rooms also have water views, and there’s a waterside deck. The house can remain as an income-producing property or it can be converted into a single-family house, Loeb says. -- Lisa Doll Bruno
CHEERS! One Lake Success ranch currently on the market offers a surprise in the basement — a nightclub. The space features not only custom cherrywood wall panels, a marble dance floor and backlit translucent panels made to look like windows, but a bar with inventory space for libations equal to that of any self-respecting cocktail lounge. The bar itself can accommodate eight stools.
“The way it’s finished, it’s great for entertaining,” says listing agent Clara Valderrama of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The room is about 1,200 square feet and has a full bathroom and its own outside entrance. Valderrama says it is believed the original homeowner was associated with the United Nations when it was temporarily located in Lake Success from 1946 to 1951. Accustomed to doing a lot of entertaining, he created his own nightclub in the basement when the home was built in 1953.
“Oh, my goodness, we’ve had so many parties here,” says seller Pat Cione. Her husband’s 45th birthday party was particularly memorable. She says she quietly hid 50 people downstairs before sending her husband down to check on a bogus plumbing issue. Shock ensued.
Cione adds, “My husband was related to Sergio Leone, the Italian film director. He came here quite a few times and often brought other Italian directors, and I always did all my own cooking.” The four-bedroom, four-bathroom expanded ranch is listed at $1,398,000. Additional amenities include a heated, four-season sunroom with tinted windows, central air-conditioning and an in-ground pool. -- Ann Smukler