History abounds in the coveted private enclave known as Manursing Island, the stunning site of Rye, N.Y.’s earliest settlers. The colonists’ claim on this first tract of land, which was founded in 1660 and originally referred to as “Manussing Island” by its Native American inhabitants, marked the start of many additional land purchases leading to the development of Rye. Now an exclusive coastal neighborhood in a wonderfully thriving town, Manursing Island is home to several outstanding residences, all of which enjoy its prime waterfront location near downtown offerings and conveniences. This benefit, combined with the area’s preserved history and modern luxuries, presents a rare opportunity for all current and prospective residents to enjoy the absolute best of both worlds. Such is the case at 6 South Manursing Island Road, a Colonial-style antique home with a prominent record of past ownership. Now for sale and listed with Rye agents Melissa Kaminsky and Christy Murphy, the $6,750,000 estate is more than just a beautiful home—it’s a beautiful piece of history with quite the story to tell.
William Paterson Van Rensselaer, son of Lieutenant Governor of New York and Congressman Stephen Van Rensselaer, owned the southern part of Manursing Island in 1840. Following William’s death, Zeeland Realty purchased the 83-acre estate from the Van Rensselaer family in 1910, dividing the land up into nine lots with seven homes. And so began the journey of 6 South Manursing Island Road. Upon its construction, the six-bedroom center hall Colonial was first owned by Donald and Catherine McKesson, a highly regarded pharmaceutical family, drawn to the neighborhood, like many other notable individuals, by its unbeatable offerings. The home remained in the family until 1940, and continued to attract prominent owners throughout the years, most recently serving as home to the close relatives of major political figures. “Politicians and even a president or two would visit for family get-togethers, and sometimes stay overnight, enjoying the residence’s excellent accommodations.”
Exquisitely renovated with the finest craftsmanship and materials in 2013-2014 to preserve its original historic qualities, the luxurious South Manursing Island estate features state-of-the-art amenities for formal entertaining as well as casual everyday living throughout its 6,135 square feet of space. Neighboring Rye’s premier private beach club, Manursing Island Club, the fabulous structure boasts upper-level water views and over an acre of lush lawns complete with a newly built bluestone terrace, mature specimen trees and pristine landscaping. Interior highlights include a plush media room with an adjoining wet bar, a custom library and third floor playroom and gym overlooking the Long Island Sound. Residents can additionally relax in the spectacular family room, which extends seamlessly from a superbly equipped chef’s kitchen. The residence also features five fireplaces, all with original surrounds, beautiful wood flooring and custom detailing throughout, especially evident in its crown moldings and elegant paneling. The master suite exudes a private, tranquil atmosphere, and contains a study and exquisite marble bath.
“This property really is a ‘new’ historic home in a one-of-a-kind waterfront enclave setting,” comments Murphy. “Finding a home and lifestyle as wonderful as this is so incredibly rare.”
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For more information on the property, located at 6 South Manursing Island Road, please visit the firm’s website here. You can also contact Rye agent Melissa Kaminsky by phone at 917.748.8880, or by email at Melissa.Kaminsky@juliabfee.com. Rye agent Christy Murphy may also be reached at 914.262.7123, or by email at Christy.Murphy@juliabfee.com.