North Fork Dream Home: Historic New Suffolk house with modern touches

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This home is a boater’s dream — right down to its very core.

It was built in 1850 by whaleboat captain Libbeus Vincent King, who was born in Wainscott but once lived in this historic residence on First Street in New Suffolk, where King Street is named for him.

The nearly 170-year-old home has been renovated into a sleek and modern space well equipped for the 21st century by the current owner, an interior designer.

“The most amazing part about this house, is that while most of the common spaces have a modern flair, there are still many parts that have been contemporarily maintained,” said Jennifer Desane, marketing director at Branch Real Estate Group.

Everything in the three-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home has been meticulously designed, “from the carefully curated furniture to customized cabinetry,” said listing agent Molly Deegan. “Even the door hinges are customized.”

Located on a quarter-acre of land right near the Peconic Bay, each of the bedrooms offers stunning water views.

“Every part of this house has been maximized to capture the beauty that the plot has to offer,” Deegan said. “Even when you’re inside, you feel the natural beauty all around.”

The great room features a fireplace and high ceilings that engulf the space with sunlight. There are two master suites on the main floor and a third master suite upstairs, which features a soaking tub, dressing room, office nook and beautiful bay views.

The open kitchen lends itself to entertaining both inside and out, where guests can enjoy the expansive deck covered by sail canopies and a stellar view of the beach a block away.

A plus is the property’s detached garage. With enough space to be commercially owned, it could be transformed into a studio, or a space for whatever the homeowner desires, according to Deegan.

As a year-round residence or a second oasis, this home is perfect for someone who “who wants the best of both worlds,” Desane said. “Someone who wants beaches and nature, but at the same time, you’re within walking distance to restaurants.”

For those who want to follow in Capt. King’s footsteps, a boat launch is just a walk away.

“It really is a boater’s paradise,” said Deegan. “If you are a boater, there’s no other place better to be besides Peconic Bay.”

The home is listed at $1,595,000.

View the listing.