In the exclusive Bay Crest Beach Community, a piece of history awaits discerning homebuyers seeking the epitome of Long Island’s North Shore living. Willow Pond, a meticulously preserved and updated summer cottage dating back to 1888, has just been unveiled on the market, presenting a rare chance to own a piece of Bay Crest’s storied past. The property, listed at $4,750,000 by Risa Ziegler and Jyll Kata of Douglas Elliman, is a homage to a bygone era when the affluent of New York sought refuge and relaxation in the charming waterfront enclave of Bay Crest.
Bay Crest’s roots trace back to the late 19th century when it was conceived as a summer cottage colony for the city’s elite. Between 1887 and 1910, fourteen properties, including Willow Pond at 46 Baycrest Drive, were built along winding lanes stretching from Bay Avenue to the shoreline. The Bay Crest Historic District, established in 1985, immortalizes this unique slice of history on the National Register of Historic Places.
Willow Pond, one of the first houses in Bay Crest and among the last remaining original homes, exudes timeless elegance. A 5-bedroom, 5.55-bath residence, the property spans 2.53 acres, embracing 100 feet of pristine coastline with unobstructed water views all year round.
Entering Willow Pond, visitors are greeted by a landscaped approach that sets the stage for the home’s interior. Rich wood floors, intricate moldings, coffered ceilings, and gas fireplaces adorn the perfectly scaled principal rooms, creating an ambiance of sophistication. Large windows frame the breathtaking water views, seamlessly integrating the natural beauty of the surroundings with the home’s impeccable design.
The primary suite stands out as a pinnacle of luxury, featuring two ensuite radiant heated bathrooms, a bespoke dressing room, and a private sitting room with a gas fireplace. The attention to detail extends beyond the aesthetics, with an elevator granting access to three floors, an attached heated and cooled 4-car tandem garage, and a 3000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar.
Willow Pond caters to every need, offering an in-ground, solar-heated, chlorine-free gunite pool for relaxation and a full-house generator for peace of mind. The property also includes deeded beach and mooring rights to the Bay Crest Association, complete with cabanas, lifeguards, pavilions, and a seasonal social calendar (dues apply).
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