One of the major events of any Sag Harbor summer is the house tour sponsored by the Friends of the John Jermain Library, scheduled for Friday, July 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be for sale in advance at the Wharf Shop on Main Street and at the library for $35. On tour day, they will be sold at the library for $40.
This annual event, the group’s major fund-raiser of the year, will feature six houses—three of them in Sag Harbor and three in North Haven. They range from new and newly renovated to historic.
On a quiet street opposite Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor is a Greek revival house that was moved to its present location around 1900. In the mid-to-late 19th century it belonged to a whaling captain. The present home-owner has used textiles and Persian rugs throughout the house and there are touches of whimsy scattered about as well, including a spiderweb painted into the corner of the living room ceiling. In back, there’s a grape arbor and an old barn with the shadow of a tree painted on the side.
Also in Sag Harbor, on a narrow street, stands a house that was once two. Exactly when the two were united is unknown. The homeowner has renovated the house with many green technologies, including hurricane windows (the front windows are original), a green heating and cooling system and an on-demand hot water heater. A second staircase was added off the kitchen/family room leading to the owner’s bright studio. Many fine Belgian and Russian family portraits and antiques can be found throughout.
Three doors off Main Street is a little 1810 whaler’s cottage. Don’t be fooled by its size. Once you enter this charming house you’ll find it roomier than it looks. There are original pine floors, two fireplaces that have been converted to gas, and wavy glass in many of the old windows. Skylights make the master suite light and airy. The homeowner has blended antique furniture with some modern touches.
Over the bridge in North Haven and down a shady tree-lined lane at the edge of Genet Creek is a lovely home built in 2005. The homeowners, one of whom is an interior designer, visualized a home for their retirement with lots of open space suited to the couple’s casual living style. The house features American, English and Swedish antiques. Be sure to notice a centuries-old country French grandfather’s clock on the staircase landing.
Also in North Haven, a grand old ark of a house sits on a rise. It dates to around 1907 and was in complete disrepair when the current owners purchased it. Sprawling over three floors, the house features all of its original flooring, windows, woodwork, bookcases, staircase and even a stained glass window. The third floor contains the artist/owner’s studio.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you’ll visit a mini-estate set on 11 acres of prime waterfront property. The house, designed by Peter Cook, was built in 1997. The owners were seeking the look of a shingled Coast Guard Station. From the expansive deck, where refreshments will be served, look back toward the house and see how they succeeded. A large screened-in porch and kitchen great-room are the hub of the house. On the grounds is an old copper beech tree 21 feet in circumference.
Large handbags and hard-heeled shoes should be left behind. For further information call the library at 725-0049.