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This traditional style home was custom built from the ground up, and offers privacy on a sub-divided lot formerly belonging to an oyster farm.

The nuts and bolts

3 bedrooms

3 bathrooms 

3,000 square feet

2.23 acres

(Photo credit: VHT Studios)

House proud

Located in the “Shellfisher Preserve” home association in Southold, this home is being sold by its original owners, who custom built it in 2000. It offers water views and is sited 300 feet from a private deeded bay beach. The property conveys with a 70-foot long deep-water stationary dock in a private marina.

“This house was custom built by a builder-developer as his own sanctuary and has been well maintained and always updated as necessary,” says Melissa Principi, the Douglas Elliman listing agent for the property. She added that the owner would often travel to work by boat from Southold to Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton to avoid traffic in the summer. The trip by boat takes only 30 minutes.

What’s the plan?

On the first level, a living room and den (about 260 and 175 square feet, respectively) flank the entrance foyer At the back of the house is an eat-in kitchen and sun room, the latter currently used as a family room. But a dining set easily converts it back to a dining room per the original house plan. Sliders from the dining area open onto the backyard patio. 

The second level is devoted to the primary bedroom suite, which has a fireplace, large walk in closet and a main room of about 335 square feet. The private balcony is large enough for a table and chairs or a chaise lounge. The other two “Jack and Jill” bedrooms, about 188 square feet each, share a bathroom. 

What’s cooking?

The custom cabinetry in the kitchen (about 400 square feet, including the dining area) is topped with natural stone and has updated stainless-steel appliances. The center island seats three. The butler’s pantry offers additional storage and an under-counter wine fridge.

What else?

It is in a “mini compound” with two other houses built from a subdivided parcel, and adjacent to land maintained by the Peconic Land Trust. The 1,800-square foot detached three-car post and beam style garage has a finished, knotty-pine-paneled studio space on the second level with windows overlooking the bay and a small balcony.

Amenities and more

  • Wood burning fireplaces
  • A large outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor shower
  • Access to private marina and dock
  • Fenced-in yard and vegetable garden

One cool thing (or two)

The Shelter Island Oyster Company was found by John Plock in 1935 and operated as maricultural farm until the 1970s. That history is reflected in some of the local landmarks: Shellfisher Road and the Shellfisher Preserve, a 14-acre parcel that was donated to the Peconic Land Trust, which has revitalized shellfish operations here. A short documentary video on the site’s history is here.


Agent’s callout 

Adjacent to protected land, “the location is something you’ll never get again,” says Principi. 


Location, location, location

The home is less than half a mile to the Shellfisher Preserve, which also offers limited access to the public. It’s 3.8 miles to the village of Southold and 4.6 miles to Founders Landing Park. The beginnings of the North Fork wine route is less than five miles away.



The home at 10947 N. Bayview Road lists for $3,895,000 and the details can be seen here.