A rope-maker’s fortune financed the construction of this circa-1840 Sag Harbor Federal-period home, listed for $6.995 million, which is now owned by a record-breaking snowboarder, the listing agent says.
The 5,190-square-foot house dates back to Sag Harbor’s days as a bustling whaling town.
The house was originally built by a rope-maker, during a time when craftsmen would weave long strands of rope together in the streets of Sag Harbor, says Cee Scott Brown of The Corcoran Group, who is co-listing the house with Jack Pearson.
And, if the current owner, record-setting snowboarder John de Neufville, has his way, he will be building upon the five-bedroom, 3 1⁄2-bath home’s history. He is currently collaborating with an architect who previously worked with Beyer Blinder Belle, a firm hired in the past to restore Grand Central Terminal and the U.S. Capitol, to complete the third floor, Brown says. If it doesn’t sell as it is now, once the renovation is finished, the new asking price “will be considerably more money,” Brown says.
Previously, de Neufville renovated a circa-1870s Federal town house overlooking the High Line in Manhattan. He sold that house to Hearst family scion Austin Hearst for $17.6 million in 2013.
At de Neufville’s current Sag Harbor address, a sweeping staircase in the foyer, which is near a front parlor and a formal dining room, greets visitors. The parlor and dining room each have a fireplace.
The home retains its original wide-plank wood floors, as well as interior wood shutters on many of the windows.
A master suite on the second floor runs from the front to the rear of the home and has two fireplaces of its own. A two-bedroom suite with a full bath, also on the second floor, overlooks the backyard. The ground floor includes another two-bedroom suite and full bath.
The 0.31-acre property, designed by landscape designer Deborah Nevins, has hedges for privacy and includes a heated saline pool and an outdoor dining space under blooming vines.
The home was renovated 15 years ago under the direction of Samuel White. That expansion brought about the pool and a veranda trimmed in wrought iron at the rear of the house off an eat-in kitchen.