The small, quiet village of North Haven, whose only commercial business property is a small boat yard, is increasingly coming into the spotlight as more and more of those looking for seclusion seek out properties away from the throngs of thongs that perpetuate “south of the highway” in the Hamptons.  If you’ve ever gone to Shelter Island on the South Ferry, you’ve driven completely through the village of North Haven, perhaps without even knowing it.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Mary Pickford and Irving Berlin were some of the first to claim North Haven as their hide-away. Several years back, Jimmy Buffett found his waterfront paradise. More recently, Julie Andrews and Richard Gere and Carey Lowell have joined the movement.  Most people refer to North Haven as Sag Harbor, because it shares the same zip code and most think you’re referring to someplace in Connecticut when you mention the name.

The sale of the Maycroft Estate three years ago for $20 million and the reported additional $10 million that the hedge fund owner is putting into its “restoration” (which includes completely turning the 14,000 sq ft house 90 degrees on a completely new foundation so that it addresses the water more appropriately) was the start of this latest round of mega-deals.

There are numerous large waterfront estates here in this tiny village.  Expect to see more in the news.  Our listing at 41 Barclay Drive in the tony gated North Haven community of West Banks is looking more and more attractive, especially since John Woudsma, the builder, just reduced the price by half a million to $3,995,000 . 

As Braden Keil reports in Gimme Shelter,


A sprawling 55-acre North Haven waterfront estate in the Hamptons is hitting the market for a whopping $80 million, the highest listing price ever placed on a residential property in the state of New York.