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(Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

On the market for the first time is this sun-filled home in Cutchogue that offers a clean slate for someone wanting to put their stamp on a new house, but without all the construction headaches. Built in 1999 by the current owner, who is also a contractor, the 3,000-square-foot house features high ceilings, large rooms with plenty of windows and bonus rooms to be used as offices, dens or hangout spots. Mechanicals such as the propane-fired heating system and on-demand hot water systems are new, all the hardwood floors on the first level have been refinished and most of the home is under a fresh coat of paint.

(Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

“It’s incredibly built and you can feel that under your feet,” says Rene Giacobbe, the Douglas Elliman agent who is representing the listing. “This house was the owner’s pride and joy.”

Enter the home through a covered porch and into a grand foyer flanked on by a 130-square-foot office and 178-square-foot dining room. There’s a half bath conveniently located here. The foyer leads straight into the great room — 386 square feet with a wall of doors and windows overlooking the back yard, double-height ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in storage. The living room provides access to the primary bedroom suite (218 square feet, with two walk-in-closets and access to the back yard) and flows into the kitchen. 

The 254-square-foot eat-in kitchen is outfitted with generous custom wood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner Viking gas range. Sliding doors lead to a deck that offers additional entertaining space. A laundry room is set off from the kitchen that also provides access to an oversized two-car (three, if they’re small!) garage. The owner converted the 756-square-foot space above the garage to a recreation room with skylights and a front-facing window. 

The second level is devoted to two bedrooms of nearly equal size (167 square feet) that share a hallway bathroom. A generous landing/mezzanine is large enough to accommodate a reading nook. A large unfinished room, which mirrors the primary bedroom in space and layout, is used for storage, but with permits and upgrades has potential for conversion to a second primary bedroom. The basement is unfinished, but Giacobbe says “it’s clean, dry and has nine-foot ceilings — someone can do what they want with it,” pending proper permits. 

The home is sited on .91 acres with a generous front and back yard, ringed by mature trees and shrubs, and a paved driveway that was just resealed. 

(Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

“It’s a very grand, regal house — a stately presence off the road, and situated dead center of the acre with mature landscaping,” Giacobbe says, noting the house’s footprint leaves room for a swimming pool to be installed. 

The home is equidistant between Wickham Creek and Haywater Cove, both of which empty into Cutchogue Harbor. Nearby beaches are both public and/or accessible by permit, and the local marina offers access to boaters. The North Fork Country Club, Cedars Golf Club and Shagwong Marina are all close by.

Giacobbe says the area is popular with families because the streets, closed to through traffic, are bike- and walking friendly. In the town of Cutchogue, less than a mile from Stillwater Avenue, there’s burgeoning commercial interest — more restaurants, shops and other amenities coming on line to the already quaint main drag. 

“People come here to boat and fish, and it’s established community but will be up and coming,” she says.

The home at 2020 Stillwater Ave. lists for $1,395,000 and the details can be seen here.