Ex-senator’s Secluded Northport Victorian With Harbor Views Asks $2.4M


This private, historic Victorian once owned by former New York State Senator Bernard Smith that offers panoramic views of Northport Harbor is listed for sale at 1 Sunset Hill in the Village of Northport.

Built in 1895 on a luscious nearly 5-acre estate on a quiet cul-de-sac and hidden by a long tree-lined driveway, this seven-bedroom home has five and a half bathrooms. It boasts a  wrap-around porch to enjoy the calming breezes and spectacular sunsets that grace this hidden gem.

“I heard you have the most beautiful house on Long Island,” former Gov. Mario Cuomo is said to have once told Smith, who reportedly replied, “indeed I do.”

The house was built Henry S Mott, a banker in Northport village, whose family kept cows, horses and other livestock on the property.  The senator bought the house in 1961. His brother, architect Larry Smith, who designed Northport Village Hall, among other government buildings, was friends with On The Road author Jack Kerouac, who lived in the village at the time and frequently visited the house.

The house features an entrance foyer, eat-in kitchen, pantry, formal dining room, guest quarters, home office, powder room, and walk-in closets. Outside it has a detached four-car garage with a loft. 

The property is within walking distance of waterfront parks, downtown Northport, and about a mile from the Northport Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Northport School District.

The asking price is $2,449,000, not including the annual property taxes of $22,624.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Chris McAuley of Signature Premier Properties, who can be reached at 516-921-1400.3262310 23262310 33262310 43262310 53262310 63262310 73262310 83262310 93262310 103262310 113262310 123262310 133262310 143262310 153262310 163262310 173262310 183262310 19

Related Story: Northport: From Cows To Ships To Kerouac

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