The charm and elegance upholds the legacy to one of Bellport’s earliest homes. The history began in 1838 when a New York City builder by the name of Henry Weeks Titus built the home, later on selling it to the Otis family in 1865. The home was once owned by Birdsall Otis Edey, an early organizer and eventually national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Otis Edey spent summers writing poetry and plays at this elegant South Shore retreat. Her father, James Otis, a state senator and active in the women’s suffrage movement, would host meetings in the home.
Recently, designer Jamie Drake was commissioned by the current owners to thoughtfully restore and renovate this gracious 1.54 acre estate. Drake restored the colonnaded exterior and modified the interior with a combination of historical and 21st century elements, while preserving period details.
An elegant entry hall sets the scene for the rest of the magnificent interior, which includes five en suites, seven marble fireplaces and a gourmet country kitchen masterfully designed with top of the line appliances and custom cabinetry. The formal neoclassical dining room, graced with Greek Key molding features a 19th century Italian white marble fireplace and period chandelier. Nowhere is the combination of historical and contemporary more apparent than in the front parlor where pocket doors open to an adjacent library leading to a light filled sun room. French doors open onto a brick patio surrounded by mature perennial gardens.
The outside verandah is resplendent with places to host social gatherings, which prove to be both awe inspiring and relaxing. A gunite lap pool is complimented by a charming former village post office turned-pool house, surrounded by clipped boxwood hedges, offering a hypnotic blend of dramatic unspoiled landscaping.
The perfect backdrop for grand-scale living and entertaining, this memorable property is just moments away from beach and sailing clubs, marinas, golf, theatre and fine restaurants. About an hour’s drive from Manhattan in the tiny and charming village of Bellport this historic enclave has been part of summer social life since the early 1900's.