Penelope Moore lists and sells properties throughout Shelter Island, which although small in geographic area, offers a panoply of architectural styles and topography.
Shelter Island Heights, a fantasia of Victoriana–Stick-Eastlake, Queen Anne Style and Colonial Revival homes–and on the National Register of Historic Places, is just up from the North Ferry dock and also offers the Shelter Island Yacht Club and Shelter Island Beach Club, the latter an amenity for Heights residents. Designed by the first generation of American landscape architects, including Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed New York City’s Central Park, and Robert Morris Copeland. The original 141 cottages in the Heigths Historic District built in the early 19th century resemble the exuberant folk architecture found in other camp meeting site such as Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Ocean Grove, NJ.
The Village of Dering Harbor, the smallest incorporated village in the US, was established in 1874, centered around a 300-room resort hotel, The Manhanset House, and incoporated later in 1916. Among its guests included General William T Sherman, John Philip Sousa and JP Morgan. Village cottages attracted Broadway stars of the day, including David Belasco, Mrs. Leslie Carter, Minnie Maddern Fiske and Barbara Bel Geddes. Alfred Easton Poor, architect, designed the Village in a neo-classical style which remains the predominant style. Stanford White once designed a Village cottage overlooking the water which has since been torn down. Many of the properties here now are the original homes, restored with amenities of today, while there are others which have been recently constructed.
Montclair Colony, on the southern side of the island, has forever views toward Shell Beach from mainly simple cottages built in the 1920’s and 30’s.
Greenlawns, established in the late 1800’s on the west side of the island, is considered one of the estate sections, with grand homes all with sunset views, windmills, barns on large lots.
Silver Beach, located on the southwest side of the island, offers several private beaches, beach peninsula Shell Beach, and homes with dunes and open waters toward Southampton.
West Neck features resort activities galore, from Andre Balaz’s Sunset Beach, Itzhak Perlman’s music camp for young musicians, Camp Quinipet, Pridwin Hotel, golfing at Goat Hill and a wide stretch of sandy beach.
Westmoreland is a peninsula bordering West Neck Bay and West Neck Creek built around historic Westmoreland Farms, where Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, vacationed and where former Gov. Hugh Carey once lived.
Hay Beach, located on the north side of the island and developed in the mid 1970’s, with minimum one acre lots, is an eclectic blend of traditionals and modern homes, including a four designed by noted modern architect, Norman Jaffe.
There are two islands connected to the mainland by causeways, Little Ram Island and Ram Island, which border Gardiners Bay and Coecles Harbor, the latter of which is popular with boaters. Both islands feature significant waterfront homes, most built in recent decades. Tuthill Drive on Ram Island was once a popular summer waterfront community in the early part of the last century, and where are arts and crafts bungalows and cottages on this lane which face Mashomack Preserve.
Penelope Moore, Licensed Associate RE Broker
Saunders & Associates
9 Grand Avenue, PO Box 100
Shelter Island Hgts, NY 11965-0100
Office: 631-749-5801 / mobile: 917-208-5519