Sitting atop a 120 foot bluff on the North Shore of Long Island (overlooking Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound just 25 miles east of Manhattan), the Village of Sea Cliff is a town unlike any other. Though becoming increasingly upscale, the area is known as a haven for artists, writers, musicians and actors with a bohemian relaxed feeling that the residents have enjoyed for over 100 years.
The walk-ability of the town and a central main street with charming boutique shops, restaurants, music/dance studios, outdoor cafes and the Victorian architecture make it a desired destination for city people who do not want to give up the downtown experience.
At just 1 square mile, The Village of Sea Cliff has 16 parks, some hidden among the many small side streets that add to the charm and lifestyle. It is an area rich in spirit; with a strong civic consciousness including excellent schools, quiet and friendly neighborhoods and an incredible arts community.
Each October, the Mini Mart arts and crafts fair showcases many of the talented residents.
Tappen Beach, with community pool and a 272 slip marina, is there for lovers of the sea. A long walkway esplanade along the beach is a magnet for those who enjoy walks with their dogs; people can often be seen capturing sunset views over the harbor. Sea Cliff Memorial Park boasts some of the most magnificent water views that could rival those of the Amalfi Coast and draws local musicians. Clifton Park is home to the Sea Cliff Little League where sluggers of all ages compete. Children’s storytelling at the library is a tradition enjoyed by all age groups. Sea Cliff Museum, right next to Village Hall, remains a focal point of the town where people work tirelessly to preserve their quality of life.
Well renowned poets, authors, rock stars and famous actors have all called The Village of Sea Cliff home at one time or another. It is a truly special place on the North Shore; one that embodies the small town feel with the groove of a happening place in the know. The zip code 11579, with preserved architecture of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s of Victorian homes and quaint arts and crafts cottages, fill the landscape of about 5,000 residents.
Westways stands alone as a meticulously restored grand estate located in the heart of the village. Just imagine the parties and lavish affairs that world famous composer Cole Porter once hosted in this magical home that he rented during the summer in the 1930’s. This English Cotswold Storybook Estate is privately set and not visible from the street, but upon first sight of this magnificent residence, it will take your breath away. On 1.5 acres, the property has a peaceful serenity and incredible pool setting with cabana and summer kitchen.
With only three owners since 1913, Westways is approximately 6,800 square feet. With 64 windows and high ceilings, the residence was built by hand with all concrete and steel. Definitely a house for entertaining, the reception foyer has refurbished wood paneling, detailed staircase and a fireplace. Walking through the generously sized living room with another fireplace, the rooms flow nicely into the library, banquet sized dining room and solarium that overlooks the slate patios and grounds.
Perhaps one of the best features of the home is the newly remodeled kitchen with coffered ceilings, radiant heat and copper sinks. The idea of the kitchen was to maintain the integrity of the time while updating it to the 21st century with all new appliances, a center island and family-friendly breakfast area.
The Master Suite with dressing rooms plus large closets and fireplace is the perfect place to unwind. Bedrooms have access to private en-suite baths and include a 2-room suite. The third floor is outfitted with a game room/playroom. The house also has a chauffeur’s apartment separate from the main house.
Westways estate is the perfect place for the person or family who wants to live in a community, but in the privacy a grand estate and beautiful property offers. Sea Cliff is sure to delight all who visit; once you do, you will not want to leave. The vibe has existed for many years and is surely not leaving this enchanting village any time soon. It is a lifestyle all its own with a personal touch that welcomes new residents.