Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Manursing Island Estate with Prominent Ownership History


Rye, N.Y. October 19, 2016 Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm has listed a historic Colonial on Manursing Island, a waterfront private enclave in Rye, N.Y. The thoughtfully and completely renovated residence, which boasts a prominent homeownership past, is now listed with Rye agents Melissa Kaminsky and Christy Murphy, and offered at $6,750,000.

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, one of them 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.

“The residence has always attracted great attention,” said Kaminsky. “Former owners have hosted many politicians, and even a president or two used to visit for family get-togethers, and sometimes even stayed overnight, enjoying the residence’s excellent accommodations.”

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 fully updated 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 family room, which extends seamlessly from a superbly equipped chef’s kitchen. The residence also features five fireplaces, all with original surrounds, 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 marble bath.

“This property really is a ‘new’ historic home in a one-of-a-kind waterfront enclave setting,” said Murphy. “Finding a home and lifestyle as wonderful as this is so incredibly rare.”

For more information on the property, located at 6 South Manursing Island Road, please visit the firm’s website here.

About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.9-billion portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 28 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes approximately 19,000 sales associates located in approximately 850 offices throughout 65 countries and territories.


Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

Melissa Kaminsky

Real Estate Agent




Christy Murphy

Real Estate Agent



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