The Lanford Wilson House - 1840’s Classic Egyptian Revival
In the heart of historic Sag Harbor Village, a major and exquisite 1840’s Egyptian Revival home meticulously restored and appropriately enlarged on one of the largest town center sites of .4 acres includes terraces, gardens and a unique 50-foot Gunite pool and spa, creating one of the great historic and most luxurious houses of the Hamptons. The Lanford Wilson House is an oasis of history, literary culture, classic design and breathtaking elegance, perfect for soulful relaxation or lavish entertaining.
Located on one of the most coveted and quietest streets in the historic village, part of a double lot, this 6200-square-foot, 5 bedroom, 4 and two half bathroom, four level home with great ceiling heights embodies a rich architectural and cultural history, expertly restored in every custom detail by the international architectural and design renovator David Kleinberg with architect Martin Sosa. The result, a sublime combination of historical integrity with every luxury and state of the art amenity for contemporary living. The house has a pedigreed past as not only one of the oldest and finest examples of Egyptian Revival architecture in Sag Harbor but for many decades was home of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson.
The painstaking rebuilding and restoration, completed in 2016, included every attention to detail, from each baseboard, crown and door frame recreated from the original moldings, hand-blown double-glazed windows, and historic paint colors creating a soothing palate and an ode to its sea captain’s past. Design details abound from restored 19th century wide plank oak flooring throughout every level, to the classic custom English imported Jamb fireplaces and light fittings gracing each of the major rooms and many of the bedrooms. The expansive floor plan includes plentiful space perfect to display traditional or contemporary art or furnishings.
The grand entry hall with its stunning and intricately detailed mahogany and oak stairway leads into a traditional, generously-sized double parlor, with hugely proportioned rooms and high ceilings. To one side is a regal library with floor to ceiling custom made bookcases and on the other an ample formal dining room for all your guests and family. Double doors lead to the sunlit and airy bountiful chef’s, eat-in kitchen (with 13-foot ceiling height and custom lead glazed windows) with top of the line Sub Zero, Wolf and Viking appliances, antique stone work floor, cracked glaze tiles and rows of shelving to display ceramic collections. French doors open onto a bluestone terrace with extensive dining and living areas including an outdoor fireplace. The two-tier, lush back yard is ensured privacy by a total surround of English yew hedging, a cloud box hedge and ornamental trees, with steps leading to the diaphanous pool and spa, the largest in the center of the village. The evergreens ensure year-round privacy and visual interest.
The second floor includes two ensuite guest bedrooms and baths with the most outstanding and unique, royal master suite, complete with dressing room and expansive closets, vaulted ceilings, wood paneled walls, English custom Jamb fireplace, private terrace and large bathroom featuring a spa steam double shower and two tubs with custom finishes throughout from David Kleinberg. The top level offers two additional twin bedrooms, one with charming captain’s bedroom and a superb, full-sized bathroom with custom finishes.
The home shines in each season from cozy fireside winter chats in the library to summer afternoons serenely lounging by the pool and garden and offers comfortable room for guests and family to create memorable moments and holiday celebrations. A finished lower level also offers a large gym, huge wine cellar, storage, full scale laundry, state of the art gym and a large family room or room for TV or projection screening. The entire house also features cutting edge technology including a security and sprinkler system throughout. The center of the picturesque, vibrant Village of Sag Harbor is just down the street with chic shops, restaurants, theaters, and a gorgeous harbor home to classic sailboats and luxury yachts. This is a rare opportunity to own the best village house in Sag Harbor, a truly unique and outstanding renovation and expansion, as one of the lovingly restored historic Hamptons home, ready to be enjoyed for the next hundred years.