One of East Hampton's grand old summer colony houses, Wheelock House was built in 1891 by William E. Wheelock. The two-story, 4,500+/- sq. ft. home is sited atop an inland dune, where it originally presented panoramic ocean views. The forest grew up over the decades and obscured the water views, but the house still enjoys delightful cooling summer breezes. The home was renovated by Robert A.M. Stern in 1980, and many original details remain intact, including ceiling beams, wood flooring, doors and hardware, and handrails on staircases. The master suite includes custom storage closets cleverly built into the walls. Many of the rooms have beamed ceilings, and there are six fireplaces throughout. Multiple columned porches are perfect places to sit on a summer's day and gaze across the beautifully landscaped grounds that feature broad, rolling lawns, towering ancient firs and statuesque copper beeches, along with beds and borders of colorful flowering perennials and shrubs. The main house has four bedrooms and three baths, with an entry vestibule leading to a two-story open hall that can be used as a formal dining area, an eat-in kitchen with breakfast area, seating, fireplace, central island and stainless steel appliances. There is a library, and a cozy living room with fireplace and doors to a porch. The heated gunite pool is set away from the house and enclosed with lovely plantings. The all-weather tennis court is located down from the house site, on a part of the property that may be subdivided if desired. In addition to the main house, the property includes a small unheated summer cottage with bedroom, full bath, kitchen, living room, laundry and deck covered by a romantic vine-covered pergola. This venerable property presents a variety of possibilities, including creation of a private compound.
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