An Eighteenth-Century Southampton Lady Gets a Facelift


This home, on Main Street, has been an iconic part of Southampton history since it was first built in 1710. It was then expanded in 1820 and today, after a recent reconstruction, the facade looks almost identical to 200 years ago. The property was purchased from the Southampton Historical Museum and most of the exterior had to be reconstructed with historical accuracy.

All photos via Brown Harris Stevens

The house was constructed in sections spanning four centuries—from the original west portion early eighteenth century farmhouse, to the Main Street facing 1820 Greek Revival, to the north portion early 1900s addition, to the latest 2016 additions and makeover.

Inside, though, the rooms are definitely twenty-first century! They’re spacious and bright, but with enough historic detail to ensure the past isn’t forgotten. Old materials have been thoughtfully repurposed and reused: when a new foundation was poured, the old stones from the original foundation were reused into a fireplace and a decorative wall in the lower level.

(And now, the finished lower level includes a wine room, gym/media room, sauna, and living area.) Original ceiling beams were used to create the beautiful double-height kitchen, and there are lovely original fireplaces in many of the main rooms. In all, there are seven bedrooms and 5.5 baths in the 6450-square-foot main house, plus a 900 square foot pool house with kitchen, additional bedroom and full bath. There’s also a large barn-style garage on the 0.81-acre plot, along with a gunite pool and spa.

Asking price for the property, represented by Shaunagh M. Byrne at Brown Harris Stevens, is $6.35 million. Original asking price last year was two million dollars more. This property has a lot to offer, of course, if the buyer can get around the fact that it’s on Main Street. On the plus side, of course, is that so many of the great shops and restaurants in the village can be easily walked to from the house.

For more, click here. 159 Main Street, Southampton