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(Photos courtesy of Saunders)

A historic jewel box of a house in an historic village setting. 


The nuts and bolts

2 bedrooms

2.5 bathrooms

1,950 square feet

.24 acres

House proud

Built in 1834, this classic Sag Harbor home oozes with authentic charm, thanks to careful renovations by the Heiberg Cummings Design team, which kept original details throughout and updated with finishes that complemented the existing historic fabric. The home is “an inspired synthesis of old and new,” says Stacey Cohen, the Saunders & Associates agent representing the property.

What’s the plan?

To the left of the entry hall and anchoring the first floor is the living room with its wood-burning fireplace and built-in shelving. A series of open doorways lead to all other common rooms on this level, flowing straight to the back kitchen and dining room and the all-season sunroom with its original wood-beamed ceilings. Upstairs is dedicated to the two bedrooms, one of which is the primary bedroom with fireplace featuring a vaulted beamed ceiling, built in storage and a window banquette. This level also includes a full bath. The partial basement houses the laundry facilities and house mechanicals.

(Photos courtesy of Saunders)

What’s cooking?

The compact kitchen features a Bertazzoni range, black-finished cabinetry with butcher block counters, brushed metal handles and open shelving. Two windows let in ample light. 

What else?

The original details in the home have been meticulously preserved or restored, including the windows and ornamental moldings around the frames, as well as in the living room mantle and shelving, wide-plank hardwood floors and beamed ceilings. 

Amenities and more

  • A hidden path leads to a legal pre-existing cottage, with a pretty sitting room, kitchenette and bath. 
  • The salt-water gunite pool has jets and can be used as hot tub
  • There’s a woodburning fireplace in the living room and a wood-burning stove in the family room to the back.

One cool thing 

The house on Rysam Street was the birthplace of Oscar Fitzalon Stanton (1834-1924), a Civil War-era Navy seaman, who, before his retirement as admiral, served on the Susquehanna and Constellation, among other notable military missions. 


Agent’s callout 

“What is important about this house is all the original detail was kept—the gorgeous banister and detail work throughout. It’s all about the history and the beauty of the house,” Cohen says. The exterior of the home, she adds, was transformed with equal care, with all-new landscaping in the front of the house and the surrounding backyard, with specimen trees, including a flowering cherry tree, the refurbished brick-patterned patio and a fire pit.


Location, location, location

“Rysam is one of the more desirable streets in the village,” says Cohen, noting that along with High Street, most of the homes on Rysam have kept their original character because of their location in the historic district. The home is .2 miles from the village center, which, in keeping with Sag Harbor’s historic character, is anchored by the 1844 Old Whalers Church. The nearby Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is in an 1855 Greek Revival house and is the site of events open to the public, such as the upcoming “Garden Party and Taste of Sag Harbor” on June 22. Waterside, you’ll find the Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts, a 299-seat playhouse, and the yacht club. Havens Beach is .7 miles from the home.


The home at 49 Rysam St. lists for $3,950,000 and the details can be seen here.