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The latest rendition of this building offers a loft-like family space in the heart of the Greenport.

The nuts and bolts

4 bedrooms

3 bathroom

2 half-baths

4,440 square feet

.10 acres

House proud

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Built in 1930 and used as a commercial laundry for hotels and hospitals, this building was converted into a residence and art studio in the 1980s. It has been occupied throughout the years by creative types—artists and fashion designers—and in the hands of its current owners, has been transformed into a creatively designed home for a family of seven. 

Jenna Williams, who bought renovated the home with her husband and who is now co-listing it with Bridget Elkin, her colleague at Compass realty, recalled the space when they first saw it. “It was really funky and the bottom floor was raw and industrial, but it was very cool and had great bones.” 

They bought it in 2020 did a complete renovation and “turned it into a home on every level,” she said. 

What’s the plan?

The ground level of the home, the former raw studio space, now houses two bedrooms, and a kids’ rec room, a flexible space currently used as a gym, one and a half baths and the laundry facilities. The second level is devoted to common spaces in an open loft-like format—a large dining room and 600-square-foot living room, kitchen and a half bath. A former bathroom was turned into a stylish wet bar/pantry. A 168-square-foot bedroom is accessed through the dining room. A wooden and glass floating staircase leads to the third floor, which is dedicated to the primary bedroom suite: 234 square feet for the bedroom, a 137-square-foot closet and down the hallway a bathroom with double sink vanity and black-tile curved “alcove” shower. At the end of the hall is an 82-square-foot office. The hardwood floors through the upper levels are original or have been refurbished.

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What’s cooking?

The 230-square-foot features custom-created cabinetry with build-ins and a center island with generous built-in wine storage. The counters are topped with Caesarstone counters; the island with marble. Appliances include Bertazzoni stove and refrigerator and a KitchenAid dishwasher and a Kalamera under-counter wine fridge. A deck accessed from the kitchen is large enough for a small table and a couple of chairs. 

What else?

Williams says most of the furnishings were custom created or specifically chosen for the space and can be negotiated for purchase in a separate transaction. 

Amenities and more

  • The living room features a wood-burning stove.
  • 12 skylights let in ample natural light, thanks to the open cathedral ceiling with the original exposed rafters. 
  • An adjacent 800-square-foot bonus building, currently used as a studio and office, has a bathroom and wet bar. 
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One cool thing (or two) 

The unique artisanal tiles in the kitchen are made by Clé. 

The backyard is paved with bluestone, ringed by privacy hedges and features a wood-burning brick chiminea

Agent’s callout 

“We tried to maintain a lot of original details,” Williams said of the renovation, adding that the house is in context with the village—”a warm, creative space in a bohemian, artistic and historic setting.”

Location, location, location

Carpenter Street runs seven blocks in the heart of Greenport Village and the house at Np. 511 is just a block from Stirling Basin and less than a 30-minute walk to the North Ferry dock to Shelter Island. The village offers ample dining and shopping and also of local interest are the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, the walking trails linking Peconic Bay to Long Island Sound, and the Greenport Skate Park, which will host a “Sound and Skate” festival on July 13, with live music and painting and a skate contest. 


The home at 511 Carpenter St. lists for $2,195,000 and the details can be seen here.