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(Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman)

Looking for a quiet waterfront getaway with an “On Golden Pond” vibe? This classic cottage combines old-fashioned comfort and modern conveniences fronting a serene pond. Whether you spend your time on the water with rod and reel or floating on a raft, this quintessential setting may be your perfect backdrop.  

(Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman)

The nuts and bolts

.23 acres

800 square feet

Two bedrooms

One bathroom

House proud

Built in 1957, this cottage has been completely updated to offer an open and airy getaway with water views all around. A large deck overlooks the pond with built-in seating and ample room for dining. Equipped with an efficient heat pump and backup system, this home can be used all year ‘round.

What’s the plan?

The home is entered through a nearly 18-foot-long sun porch lined with double-hung windows on three sides. Though it serves as entry to the home, with its natural wood ceiling and exposed brick — the back of the kitchen fireplace — the sun porch could double as a breakfast nook or a sunny reading corner. The kitchen and dining area are a combined 244 square feet in an open format anchored by a large wood-burning fireplace. The sunken living room is just off the dining area — a light-filled room with sliding doors that optimize the water views, a skylight, vertical shiplap painted paneling and a built-in console offering storage. Both bedrooms feature bead-board wall paneling and average 113 square feet 

What’s cooking?

(Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman)

The open kitchen features a ceramic farmhouse sink underneath a multi-paned window, stainless-steel appliances and country cupboards with a combination of glass-paned and closed upper cabinets and open accent shelving. There’s ample room to add a stand-alone island.

What else?

The yard includes a raised wooden platform for staging lounge chairs (think sundowners over the pond!) and to the side, a storage shed for bikes and gear. The parking space can accommodate up to three cars and there’s an external electrical outlet for EV charging.

Amenities and more

“This house is old school meets new world amenities,” says Scott Bennett, the Douglas Elliman agent representing the property.  “It captures the charm of the old North Forth but won’t leave you without the amenities of modern living.”  

One cool thing (or two) 

The home is in a small protected-cove peninsula community called Mill Colony, comprised of small-scale homes that are in context with the waterfront neighborhood. 

(Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman)

Agent’s callout 

“This home harkens back to a simpler time in a place that’s all about hanging out with family and friends or sitting in an Adirondack chair with a book,” Bennett says. “You don’t come here and worry if your marble floor is polished. You go out for a ride in the boat.” 

Location, location, location

The Mill Colony neighborhood is surrounded by water and offers direct access to Hashamomuck Pond and adjacency to the Arshamamoque Preserve. The home is 1.8 miles to the town of Southold, just beyond which is the gateway to the North Fork wine route. Town Beach is half a mile away and Horton Lane Beach is 2.7 miles. Southold is served by the Long Island Rail Road. 


The cottage at 555 Mill Creek Drive lists for $899,000 and the details can be seen here