200 Sunset Rd - Oyster Bay Cove, New York
Once in a rare while does a grand estate from Long Island’s “Golden Age” become available for purchase with its acreage intact. Such is “Meriwether.” Designed by Kimball Husted, built in 1937, and owned by the same family since 1950, this exceptional estate is the quintessence of gracious “Gold Coast” living. Its magnificent 31.5 acres have been carved out of the rolling wooded hills of Oyster Bay Cove, the easternmost village on Nassau County’s north shore. Meticulously cared for, the estate exhibits a delightful range of vistas from woodland and meadows to sweeping lawns accented by a myriad of flowers, shrubs, and majestic trees. One of the richest communities in America, Oyster Bay Cove offers a peaceful and lush setting for its approximate 2,000 residents with beach and mooring privileges on Long Island Sound and a convenient location near delightful village shopping, yacht and country clubs, and easy access to the Long Island Railroad. At the end of a long scenic drive, two stone roosters atop brick pillars welcome you to a spacious circular driveway and this stately eleven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bath, Georgian brick manor. To the left, a service courtyard provides access to three garages, totaling nine bays, and a two-bedroom guest cottage. To the right in the distance, hidden by Japanese maples, an inground Gunite pool with bluestone patio, babbling rock waterfall, and pool house stands ready for an afternoon swim. The manor’s interior will enfold you like a warm hug with its timeless grace and beauty, its traditional elements as relevant today as they were seventy years ago. High ceilings rimmed by intricate crown molding, lustrous hardwood floors, French doors with transom lights opening to two loggias and several bluestone patios, tall mahogany doors beneath frieze entablatures, a bridal staircase, oversized windows, an elevator, and six inviting fireplaces are just part of this home’s enduring charm. Everything has been exquisitely maintained and kept up to date with many areas redone in recent years including the driveway, house and garage roofs, the pool, emergency generators, and central-air conditioning. A lovely reception hall, ballroom sized living room, banquet-sized dining room, and study were designed for grand year-round entertaining - all with easy access to the grounds and serviced from a wing with butler’s pantry, kitchen, laundry, back stairs, and cook’s quarters. Extensive accommodations for family, guests, and staff can be found on the second floor as can the palatial and romantic master suite. Whether looking for an investment in an age of dwindling available acreage, or exploring the possibilities for turning this gracious nearly century-old pristine estate into your personal paradise, Meriwether is a rare gem sparkling in the center of an emerald necklace of fine residences called Oyster Bay Cove.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman