Emmet Estate—originally built in 1905 and once owned by an Astor family heir—is one of Long Island’s notable historic properties, offering both touchstones to a rich past with modern-living amenities. Step inside as this edition of the Long Island HOME Property of the Week heads to Head of the Harbor.
15 Emmet Drive, Head of the Harbor, NY
Asking Price: $7,888,000
Web ID #3847738
Listed By: Rachel King, Serhant
Also referred to as “The Mallows” for the rose mallows that grow along the creek—this work of artful architecture features 11 bedrooms, 6 baths and one-of-a-kind views over waters stretching across the Long Island Sound. The 9,400 square-foot abode and four-acre property with 300 feet of waterfront offers splendor inside and out.
Loyal Long Island HOME fans know we love the concept of “location, location, location,” and the adage applies here in spades. Nearby surrounding areas such as Stony Brook, St. James and Setauket offer award-winning restaurants (Michelin stars, anyone?) and quaint coffee shops, art galleries and antique shops, local farms and wineries, historic sites, museums and nature preserves where the natural beauty of this part of Long Island is only steps away.
For those looking to go a bit further afield, the Emmet Estate is located at the midpoint of New York City and the Hamptons, ideal for either a dinner and show in the city that never sleeps or a day of strolling and shopping the streets of Southampton and Sag Harbor or basking at one of the East End’s glorious beaches.
Of course, the many amenities here may have one wondering, why leave home at all? The home offers a kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, a lounge with a second kitchen, a formal dining room, elevator, two-floor sunroom, guest suites and a guest apartment.
Throughout, one sees grandeur in the detail of the original molding, antique light fixtures amongst lofty ceilings, and custom millwork within the three-story neoclassical home. The delicate decor is displayed in subtle symmetry, the combination of natural textures and colors within the ornate wood flooring tying together a homey yet refreshing aesthetic.
The exterior is equally alluring, with a private tennis court, heated saltwater pool, hot tub, limestone patio, gazebo, garden, 20-car cobblestone driveway… even a chicken coop.
Added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1993, the property is an homage to a past that includes presidents—Gerald Ford paid a visit in 1988—and Hollywood ((filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee used The Mallows in the 1999 film Loser Love starring Burt Young, Lauren Hutton and Laurel Holloman). That history began when Christopher Temple Emmet and his wife, Alide Beekman Chandler, heir of William Backhouse Astor, purchased 165 acres of land—originally a vineyard and gardens—and hired renowned architect Charles A. Platt to custom-design the house in 1906.
Today, with “easy access for private beach recreation and commuting,” the listing states, “the Gold Coast lifestyle awaits.”