A 1930s property on the Long Island Sound is a blend of Old World glamour and modern convenience.
There’s a lot of interesting history in Larchmont and nowhere is that more evident than in the homes that line the village’s streets, particularly those that hug the shore of the Long Island Sound.
Some are onetime summer “cottages” owned by wealthy New York City merchants, others were built by some of Larchmont’s earliest families.
A gracious waterfront estate, designed in the 1930s by architect, E. Dean Parmelee, could be considered the former.
Set on over two acres, the Georgian-influenced, six-bedroom, six bathroom home at 25 Ocean Avenue offers panoramic views of the Larchmont Harbor and the Long Island Sound. The gated, fenced and very private property also has its own beach and dock. It’s listed on the market for $9.9 million with Pollena Forsman of Houlihan Lawrence.
The stately brick exterior belies the bright, white and open layout throughout. There’s a broad, rolling lawn that leads down to the water. The outdoor space includes a heated pool, cabana and an ornamental pond and fountain.
Along with the master suite and four additional bedrooms, the home features a one-bedroom apartment in a separate wing.
This area, near the Larchmont Yacht Club, was known as Fleming Park for many years, according to a history provided by the Larchmont Historical Society.
In 1878 Francis “Frank” Fleming purchased property bounded by Walnut, Bay and Ocean Avenues and built what is described as “a splendid dwelling and pretty Porter’s lodge,” on the site. Over the years, other cottages were built and demolished and plots of land sold.
Eventually, 25 Ocean Ave. was built by T. Harold and Carrie Forbes on the site of a former “cottage.” T. Harold owned 11 Westchester newspapers, but he and his wife also spent some time as a vaudeville act.
The couple then sold the property to Rudolph Schaefer Jr., chairman of the Schaefer brewing company, who was born in Larchmont. His 1982 New York Times obituary noted he was designated “Commodore Ruddy” by the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Schaefer’s father, Rudolph Sr. had owned another village property, La Hacienda, which is now the clubhouse of the Larchmont Shore Club.
Just down the street from 25 Ocean Ave. is 1 Bay Ave. Rudolph’s brother, F.M.E. and his wife Helene moved into a Victorian home here in 1934, then replaced it with a stately Georgian-influenced brick colonial that looks somewhat similar to 25 Ocean Ave. The couple’s original Victorian was built by Francis Fleming.
According to a former owner of 1 Bay Ave., F.M.E. traveled to work at Schaefer’s Brooklyn brewery by boat, right from his own dock.
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Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Larchmont
Contact: Pollena Forsman, Houlihan Lawrence.
By: Karen Croke | The Journal News
Published: 10:09 am ET Aug 7, 2019