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Sea Cliff historic house renovated

This 1877 Carpenter Gothic-style house at 137 Prospect

This 1877 Carpenter Gothic-style house at 137 Prospect Ave. in Sea Cliff, was falling down before being completely updated and restored in 2011. It is listed for $1,149,000. Credit: Handout

An 1877 Carpenter Gothic-style house in Sea Cliff, listed for $1,149,000, was brought back to life by current owner Frank Scavone. The home, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, hadn’t been on the market for more than seven decades when Scavone purchased it in 2011.

“The house was falling down,” Scavone says.

He restored and updated the grand old lady from her root-cellar basement to the widow’s watch that tops the house.

On a 98-by-120-foot parcel, the 10-room home with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths overlooks Hempstead Harbor. There’s also a chef’s kitchen, formal dining room with fireplace and tin ceiling, living room, den and hardwood floors.

Buying and restoring older homes in Sea Cliff has become a hobby for Scavone, who runs a real estate hedge fund. He said he hopes to “inspire others” to take up the cause.

The listing agent is Kim Vigliotti of Sherlock Homes Realty Corp.


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