The Orchard property, later to become the Whitefields condominiums, on Hill Street in Southampton, was a crowning achievement of McKim, Mead & White. This 5000 square foot unit, with seven bedrooms and 6.5 baths, must be the nicest and most elegant of those we’ve seen for sale in this building.
It all started as a farm (thus the name The Orchard). The farmhouse was then remodeled into a Greek Revival house for a whaling captain in the 1850s. Eventually financier James L. Breese purchased the house and asked his friend Stanford White to remodel it. Today, the building, now called Whitefields after Stanford White, is very little changed on the exterior from its heyday as a mansion. The 16 acres of grounds were landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead, and of course include a pool and tennis courts.
This apartment includes a stunning, elegant staircase, which is the centerpiece of the main building. The handsome bones of the original building remain intact, including five fireplaces, although it seems that the kitchen and baths could use updating.
Asking price for the apartment, which is represented by Michaela Keszler at Elliman, is $4.795 million. That sounds fairly reasonable to us: there’s plenty of space, a very handy walk-to-everything location, and carefree maintenance. What do you think?
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