Listing of historic homes in Huntington Bay for $ 1.325 million
A 1914 Spanish Revival-style colonial house with an unusual pedigree is on the market in Huntington Bay for $ 1.325 million. Annual property taxes are $ 19,320.
The house is one of five model houses built by the Bustanoby brothers, who in 1906 had extended a hotel on the bay, calling it the Castle of Fine Arts, according to Toby Kissam, a member of the Huntington Historical Society. After adding a waterfront casino to the site, the brothers devised a plan to build a cluster of houses next door that would take advantage of the resort’s services.
The contractors’ plans to build the Parc des Beaux-Arts, a development of 100 houses in the colonial Spanish / Neo-Tudor style, were overturned by filial fights, which ultimately bankrupted their business.
Legend has it that tunnels were built between the casino, hotel and other buildings because the casino was raided frequently during Prohibition, notes John Crousillat, owner of the house.
âThe rich people of the 1920s didn’t want to get caught by the police, so they transported them to these tunnels to escape raids,â says Crousillat.
The hotel and casino have been sold and have gone through various iterations like Huntington Bay Lodge, Nathan Hale Golf and Marine Club, Huntington Bay Club and Huntington Crescent Club, according to Robert Hughes, historian for the city of Huntington. The hotel was demolished in the 1930s to provide parking for the Crescent Club. The casino, battered by the tides over the years, was razed in 1958. Today, the Head of the Bay Club sits on the site.
The same architectural firm that designed Oheka Castle, Delano & Aldrich, designed her house, as well as the house behind it, which belonged to actress Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst’s mistress, who is there entertained Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood luminaries, Crousillat says.
With four floors of living space, the six-bedroom, 4Â½-bath stucco house has a red clay roof, high ceilings with wood beams, crown moldings, stucco walls and wood-paneled walls. cypress trees in the dining room and library, which has bookcases and fitted wardrobes. The master suite has a terrace, fireplace and built-in drawers, and the other bedrooms have built-in bookcases. There is a hobby room / den, bedroom, bathroom and storage space on the lower level.
Recent renovations include original one inch wide plank wood floors and new windows.
The house has turrets, peaks and terraces, explains listing agent Risa Ziegler of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. It’s very, very unusual, âshe says, adding that light is streaming in from the more than 60 windows in the house.
The half acre property, which has a detached garage for four cars, is within walking distance of the bay and offers water views in the winter.