A sprawling estate in the Hamptons is up for sale for the first time in over a century.
“It is still owned by the same family that built it in 1880 and it has been a family home for generations, so that’s really unique,” says Jenny Landey, who is co-listing the home with Zack Dayton, both with Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s the original authentic home and has not been altered much at all—other than to maintain it.
The 2,800-square-foot home and nearly 10 acres it sits on in the Springs area of East Hampton, NY, are available for $5,995,000.
Known as the Julius Parsons Residence, the Victorian farmhouse on the South Fork features six bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s a throwback to a simpler time in what’s now one of the nation’s hottest spots to vacation and party.
“I’ve been driving by this property for 20 years without knowing who lives here and what grabs you is the farmhouse is so well-maintained. It’s a painted, white farmhouse and it’s got a big barn and it’s just surrounded by expanse,” Landey says. “That’s what sets it apart. You don’t see that too often. It just has this simple elegance to it, and it hasn’t been changed.”
Everything in the house works, although the underlying technology isn’t exactly 21st century standards.
“It’s fully livable. It doesn’t need any work if anybody wants to move into it in as is condition,” she says. “It’s a lived-in and well-loved home. It just hasn’t been renovated.”
Because the home sits in a historic district, the exterior can’t be altered. However, there are no limits to what a new owner could do inside.
“It’s got beautiful wood floors and a beautiful mantel and a gorgeous spindle banister to the stairs. It’s authentic,” Landey says. “Somebody might want to redo all the bathrooms and the kitchen, but sort of keep it original with the other rooms. It depends on the buyer.”
There is also a barn and room for a pool, although any exterior additions must go through a review process.
The buyer also has the option to purchase an additional acre of adjacent land—which would push the total price to $6.97 million.
“That lot is buildable,” says Landey. She adds that the one-acre lot isn’t currently available for separate purchase, but it could come up for sale if a buyer of the parcel with the home doesn’t want it.
The property is currently owned by Parson’s great-grandsons, Cleon Dodge and Carter Dodge, according to Dirt. They lived in the house as children and inherited it in 2008 upon the passing of their mother, Mary Louise Edwards Dodge.
“Neither of [the men] are full-time in the area and they are wanting to downsize,” Landey says about why the family is selling now.
“The specialness really comes across with this home,” she says. “It’s surrounded by a lot of land and a lot of history and a lot of magic. It has authentic charm.”
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