Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon led a storied life that included cultivating multiple prime properties and renowned gardens. Purchased as a gift to her son in the 1960s, Bunny Mellon poured her heart into the restoration of this rare offering sited on an elevated bluff on the private island of Oyster Harbors. Historians believe the home was one of the originals to the region, possibly dating back as early as 1680. Through loving restoration it still retains the Mellon touch with restored period details including a hidden passageway in the chimney that legend says was used to hide an injured child during the Indian Wars.
Moved once in the 19th century, historians believe the home was moved using teams of horses across the frozen ice. This historic home may well be moved again on the over 7 waterfront acres and 270 degree views to accommodate a magnificent new home for an owner with vision.
Mrs. Mellon famously endowed her gardens with a renowned taste and character, and they were treated with the same care as the home ensuring a treasured harvest of vegetables and a changing seasonal display of flowers.
Celebrated as one of America’s top classical architects, Patrick Ahearn, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects describes this site and its potential as a, “celebration of Cape Cod and New England architecture, where buildings were added to over time, things grew, and parcels were assembled to suit the family.” A master at adaptive reuse projects with a primary focus on historical, and site-sensitive spaces, Patrick has designed more than 500 specific private residences and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers.
LOT SIZE: 7.44 acres in three parcels
BEDROOMS: 9 in total. 7 in Main house, 2 in guest cottage
BATHROOMS: 7 full, 2 half
LIVING AREA: 5,894 square feet
HEATING: Oil, Hot water base board
COOLING: Central Air