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Historic Gem in Sag Harbor

Exclusively represented by Jonathan Smith and Lawrence Ingolia of Sotheby’s International Realty

HRES recently sat down with Lawrence Ingolia and Jonathan Smith of Sotheby’s International Realty to talk about their renovation of a historic home on Division Street in Sag Harbor. 

HRES: Renovating a historic property can be challenging. What can you tell us about the process?

Lawrence: Jonathan and I have been real estate agents in the Hamptons for more than 30 years combined. Over the years, we have been collecting ideas and inspiration and when we saw the property at 205 Division Street, we knew it was the perfect project for us. The house was built in the 1860’s and had many great historical qualities but the previous owner had abandoned it. We saw that with a combination of bespoke design and quality workmanship, it would be perfect for intelligent buyers who understood the Sag Harbor market. Working with the preeminent architect John Himmelsbach, who has designed many of the great homes in the Hamptons, we set about rebuilding this historic property. 

HRES: What contemporary features have been incorporated to complement the historical charm of the house?

Jonathan: We incorporated more modern elements like the striking, loft-like, metal and glass wall alongside historical details like Victorian push-button electrical switches and cast-iron vent covers. The contrast works, elevating the house into the modern era while maintaining a charm that’s in keeping with the coastal aesthetic of the village. 

HRES: How did the collaboration with Kristin Kamp Design and Mabley Handler Interior Design influence the overall aesthetics of the property? 

Jonathan: It was such a gift to be able to consult independently with both of these fantastic designers. With years of design experience in the Hamptons, Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler guided us through many of the decisions for details and finishes, including the luxe unlacquered brass fixtures and the coastal design elements. Kristin is a master of color, and her stamp is witnessed in the cohesive palette throughout the house. Both designers are experts in the transitional style, helping us to navigate the fine line between historical preservation and contemporary spirit. 

HRES: Specifically, what modern conveniences or unique features distinguish this house from similar properties in the area?

Lawrence: As one example, we engaged Bakes & Kropp to build the custom kitchen and their quality of construction is beyond the standard for this price point. The cabinetry features elegant walnut accents and a large butcherblock slab which complement the designer appliances, like the Bertazonni range. We wanted this project to shine and, to that end, we decided early on to invest in the highest quality finishes. 

HRES: Why is this listing a good investment?

Jonathan: This property is an excellent investment. Sag Harbor Village real estate is always in high demand, whether for sale or rent, and this house is a rare turnkey offering.

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Lawrence Ingolia, Associate R.E. Broker

Jonathan Smith, Licensed Salesperson