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(Photo courtesy of Bespoke Real Estate)

Combining the old with the new, this updated pre-Revolutionary-era home is ready for its next owner. We don’t know if Washington slept here, but you can!

The nuts and bolts

.93 acres

6,060 square feet

5 bedrooms

6.5 bathrooms

House proud

Originally built around 1775, this historic farmhouse-style home, once known as the Sylvanus Strong-Bennett House, was renovated and expanded in 2005. It has had only two owners since the 1940s, and has been “lovingly cared for,” says Michael Schultz, the Bespoke Real Estate agent representing the listing.  Set back from the road, it offers an expansive yard with privacy hedges, mature specimen trees and bordering wildflower fields. Overlooking an agricultural reserve, it’s a serene spot that recalls its history as a farm. The picket fence is custom-designed.

What’s the plan?

The first floor includes a front parlor with built-in bookshelves and a dual fireplace that also serves the adjoining den, the kitchen with a pantry. There’s a library with adjacent wet bar, a separate dining room, a sunroom featuring multi-paned windows and bead board walls and ceiling, a bonus space, and a staff room with full bathroom off the kitchen. All the other bedrooms are on the upper level. The primary bedroom includes a fireplace. With handsome exposed ceiling beams, the third level includes two bonus rooms, a play area, a bathroom and attic space. The finished lower level features a media room and laundry facilities. 

What’s cooking?

The updated eat-in kitchen features a high-end appliance suite including a Viking range, a porcelain farm sink, built-in shelving combined with upper cabinets and a wood-topped center island that seats three. The dining area features imported French terra-cotta tiles in a corner window formation and access to the outside. The countertops are marble, as is the backsplash.

(Photo courtesy of Bespoke Real Estate)

What else?

Five wood-burning fireplaces with their original wooden mantles are among the authentic details throughout this home, which include exposed beam ceilings, reclaimed wide-plank wood floors in some sections and the original 18th-century plank floors throughout. 

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Amenities and more

The heated 20 x 40 gunite pool and 8 x 8 spa are part of an entertainment complex that includes a three-story 600-square foot pool house converted from a former barn and now featuring a bath and outdoor shower. The upper and lower levels are unfinished, awaiting someone with the vision to turn this into a charming guest cottage, study or expand its entertainment options. It’s attached to a two-car garage in the same style. An added bonus is the tea house, set amongst the gardens, with its vintage brick floor, and rustic wood finishings. 

(Photo courtesy of Bespoke Real Estate)

One cool thing (or two)

  • The fireplace in the dining room is oversized and Schultz speculates it was once used for household cooking. 
  • Many of the windows are the original hand-blown glass.
  • The home is listed on the Sagaponack historic register

Agent’s callout 

While the owners renovated for comfort and convenience, “they didn’t want to go too modern –they wanted an authentic farmhouse look inside and out,” says Schultz.  

Location, location, location

Located in Sagaponack South, it is 1.4 miles to the village established in 1653 and .7 miles to Town Line Beach. Also nearby are the Sagaponack Sculpture Field, Wainscott Pond and the hamlet of Wainscott, Georgica Pond, South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature CenterChildren’s Museum of the East End and the gateway to South Fork wine country.


The home at 700 Hedges Lane lists for $8,950,000 and the details can be seen here.