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(Photo courtesy of Saunders & Associates)

This turn-key home with room to roam in Shelter Island’s Hay Beach is set on nearly an acre of land and offers bay views and easy access to a sandy beach across the road. 

The nuts and bolts

3 Bedrooms

3 Baths

Built in 2000

.92 acres

1,897 square feet

House proud

Renovated this year, this traditionally styled house located on a peninsula features a new kitchen and bathrooms, hardwood floors and a fresh paint job throughout. The updates include a new saltwater gunite pool. The expansive front yard is ringed with mature trees and offers open views to the bay across the street. 

What’s the plan?

The wide foyer makes for a grand entrance with double-height ceilings that continue into the open living-dining area, where a wall of windows overlooks the back yard, visually extends the space, and provides plenty of natural light. A wood-burning fireplace and French doors to the backyard deck complete the space. The first floor includes a bonus room, currently used as a bedroom. The full bathroom is accessed from the bonus room and the common living areas. Upstairs, two guest bedrooms share a hallway bathroom, and the ensuite primary bedroom has a new full bathroom with a walk-in glass shower and spa fixtures, and a marble-topped vanity. 

What’s cooking?

The newly renovated kitchen features open shelving and custom cabinets with polished brass hardware and topped with Caesarstone counters. Upgrades include Bertazzoni stainless-steel appliances and a ceiling-suspended Elica hood. The 10 and a half-foot-long center island includes a sink and seats four. White oak hardwood floors provide a warm  

What else?

The lower level is unfinished and partially below grade, with glass doors to the rear yard and egress windows, offering the opportunity for future expansion. The septic capacity is for four bedrooms. All floors have been refurbished, replacing carpet and installing or refurbishing wide oak hardwood throughout.

(Photo courtesy of Saunders & Associates)

Amenities and more

  • Wood-burning fireplace 
  • Newly installed 16 x 40-foot saltwater gunite pool

One cool thing (or two)

Hay Beach derives its name from Colonial days when tenant farmers would bring bales of hay to nearby Hiberry Lane leave them along the shoreline as payment of rent. It was also the pickup site for trees harvested during the Revolutionary War and brought to George Washington and his troops for use during their military campaign.

Agent’s callout 

“This home is remarkable for its move-in ready state and the modern and stylish flair that its owners clearly have a talent for,” says Penelope Moore, the Saunders Shelter Island specialist who is listing the property. “The next owner will appreciate all of the nuances, the thought that has been put into this renovation.”


Location, location, location

“Its location near the beach and the quaint village lanes of Dering Harbor are idyllic for a relaxing stroll,” Moore says, adding, “There is a ‘coffee cup’ beach across the street and a couple of doors down on Carousel Lane.

The home is .3 miles from Town Landing Beach, 1.3 miles from Menhaden Lane Beach and Cornelius Point and 1.7 miles from Upper Beach. Also nearby are the historic Dering Harbor village, with its eclectic architecture, the Gardiners Bay Country Club and the Ram Island County Park.



The home at 40 Dinah Rock Road lists for $2,375,000 and the details can be seen here