THIS CONSIDERABLY SIZED YET SURPRISINGLY INTIMATE CENTER HALL COLONIAL RECALLS PRINCE’S BAY’S 19TH CENTURY MANSION HOMES WHILE MARKING ITS ONGOING REVITALIZATION
BY TIA KIM
Staten Island’s Prince’s Bay, first read as “Princess Bay” on a 1776 map, might not have the same literal or price point altitude as a neighborhood like Todt Hill, but to us is possessed of history, character, and storytelling that is without parallel in the borough. Established as a fishing village in the middle decades of the 18th century, its oysters were nothing less than world famous, appearing regularly in the finest restaurants in Manhattan and shipped to locations in London and Paris. Like more than a few locations on the South Shore, Prince’s Bay was a popular location for homes for Manhattan residents eager to escape city heat and hustle, many of them manorial in size (the most famous the sprawling Greek Revival Seguine Mansion one of the few surviving examples of 19th century architecture on Staten Island). Both residential exclusivity and the area’s fishing vitality waned as pollution gathered in shore waters in the middle decades of the 20th century, but a massive cleanup effort has revitalize much of them, and today the neighborhood is experiencing a building boom, particularly with respect to larger homes.
This custom all brick center hall colonial, built in 2005, is certainly considerable in dimension its living space a sweeping 6,450 square feet but its has both curb and interior appeal that conveys a surprising intimacy. It features six bedrooms, seven baths, a large top floor that’s ideal for media room application, and a two car garage. Additional accommodations are made for service staff quarters.
Fit and finish features include custom woodwork throughout, a large finished basement, a Viking stove and other high end appliances, granite kitchen counters, and wood floors. There’s radiant heat throughout, five independently adjustable HVAC systems, a fireplace, central vacuum system, and, as something of a pièce de résistance, a heated in ground saltwater pool with waterfall on a parklike landscaped backyard. That outdoor space is additionally ornamented by a kitchen and a black granite bar.
78 Johanna Lane – $1,990,000 Robert DeFalco Realty / 8709 Third Avenue, Brooklyn / 718.748.7000 1678
Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island / 718.987.7900
655 Rossville Avenue, Staten Island / 718.605.9300 / defalcorealty.com