By Phelan Wolf, Esq.
3 Oakland Avenue, Quogue, $1,700,000.
This substantial home is located near the center of the Quogue, which is a peninsula which juts out into the Shinnecock Bay, named for the proliferation of large clams, or quahogs, in the bay.
The property is slightly larger than the standard acre-sized lots in the neighborhood. The 10-year-old home is large for the neighborhood as well, at around 5,000 square feet.
Homes of this size can get overdone fast, with too many architectural features. But the façade of this house is quite attractive and is a model of restraint; just a few gables to break up the mass of the house, a front porch with white columns and a few round windows for extra detail. It helps a great deal that the house sits low to the ground, surrounded by foundation plantings, and that the attached garage has been separated slightly from the house, with a lower roof line and a cupola, making it look like an attractive outbuilding.
Inside, the finishes are white, bright and cheery. As might be expected in a home of this size, there are five bedrooms, 3½ baths, a large professional kitchen, a formal living room and den.
Ceilings seem to have been a particular focus of the builder of this home, as there are a wide variety. They are finished attractively, including coffered ceilings, tray ceilings and an unusual bowed ceiling in one bedroom that resembles the inside of the bottom of a boat that has been flipped over and suspended from the ceiling, surrounded by moldings.
A large, circular driveway gives the entry to this home a formal appearance. Additionally, the backyard has a large pool and patio.
The purchasers of this home have made a substantial investment in this community, where there are not many non-waterfront homes that sell at this level. But this is a lovely property, and is likely to be a desirable home for many years to come.