UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2017
Recently I heard from a longtime reader of this blog, who told me she’d bought this 1873 Queen Anne Victorian in the eastern Long Island town of Greenport some five or six years ago, and has been working on it since. She moved out from Brooklyn to live there full-time, and went to town (so to speak) with exterior colors.
Here’s what she writes about her renovation experience:
From the first time I saw this house, I loved the bump-outs & the different/unique shingle designs under the eaves of the roof. But all that white didn’t accentuate their beauty. I felt they needed distinction by painting them contrasting/complimentary colors to make them stand out.
I removed the vinyl siding & original clapboard (sorry – didn’t want to paint every few yrs) & replaced them with Hardie Planks, which are pre-colored. The color I chose was called Woodland Cream.
Future plans include a carport attached to my mudroom, which will mimic the style of the house & will have a mermaid weather vane at its peak. I named my house La Casa Sirena (The Mermaid House in Italian) & had a plaque made to hang on the house. I’m also considering adding a front porch w/ remote controlled screens & ceiling fans. Must go before the zoning board for everything….
INTRIGUING TWO-DAY-OLD LISTING in the always-up-and-coming but still-just-a-tad-rough-around-the-edges town of Greenport, near the tip of Long Island’s North Fork.
It’s a circa 1920, 3BR, 1 bath house on a 1/6-acre lot in a neighborhood of older homes (that’s most of Greenport). The exact address is 416 South Street, Greenport, NY 11944. It appears to be in decent exterior shape, with bay windows and decorative shingling.
There’s some mystery about the place, to judge by the well-capitalized listing:
Estate Sale Being Sold As Is With Contents. All Infomation Should Be Verified As Little Is Known About The Home.
I don’t know about you, but that gets my juices flowing. Contents?! Could be anything (or nothing)!