Spotlight on the Captain Cartwright House

  • 12/30/19

Tour This Renovated Classic in the Heart of Sag Harbor

Today, Sag Harbor is best known as a ritzy resort town beloved for its harbor, art galleries, and charming homes. But in the 1800s, the coastal enclave was a bustling port town and whaling capital populated by crew members and merchants, many of whom lived in upscale homes in the town center. In 1835, whaling ship Captain David Cartwright followed in the footsteps of many of his well-to-do counterparts by commissioning a Federal-Greek Revival home in historic Sag Harbor Village.

Following an extensive 10-year renovation, the Captain Cartwright House has been updated for modern residents without sacrificing its classic style. From the outside, the 5,000-square-foot period home shows off twin dormers, pillars, and the original captain’s front door (which has fittingly been painted a deep ocean blue as an homage to its former owner). Inside, a pair of original parlors feature restored windows and woodburning fireplaces with antique mantels. To glimpse one of the most unique parts of the home, head to the office, which features a built-in officer’s bunk salvaged from a WWII ship, as well as walls decorated with vintage nautical maps.

Reimagined for 21st century cooks, the adjacent chef’s kitchen is outfitted with double ovens, a farmhouse sink, coffered ceilings, and a wood island. In the nearby living area, French double doors lead outside to a patio designed for alfresco dining or relaxing. Upstairs, the gabled roofline gives the four bedrooms a cottage-like feel, while paneled walls and windows add additional seaside charm. From cozying up next to one of the six fireplaces to reading a book in one of the sun-soaked living areas, residents will find plenty to love about this airy abode.

Outside, a manicured lawn and sparkling pool provide ample room to host barbecues and croquet games, cool off on hot days, and gather with family and friends. Embodying Sag Harbor’s historic past, while also looking to its future, the renovated house is perfect for anyone who loves period homes.

The move-in ready house is currently on the market for $6.8 million. If you’re interested in touring this timeless treasure, contact Matthew Breitenbach and the Breitenbach Advisory Team today. With years of experience selling homes in Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and beyond, the team can answer any questions you have about the house and guide you through the homebuying process should you decide to make an offer.


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