Monday, January 17, 2011


'Brightwaters', the William C. Atwater estate designed by Henry Bacon of Brite & Bacon c. 1904 in Westhampton. Atwater was involved in the coal business. The estate is currently for sale for $24,750,000 and also comes with over 10 acres and 1,000 feet of waterfront. Click HERE to see the listing via Prudential Douglas Elliman. Click HERE to see 'Brightwaters' on google earth and HERE on bing.

Listing photos from Prudential Douglas Elliman.


The Devoted Classicist said...

In relation to the Hamptons as a whole, Westhampton often gets a bad reputation for having ugly post-war beach houses rented for the summer with multiple shares. But this is a wonderful example of some of the earlier beauties.

The Down East Dilettante said...

It does appear to be a marvelous house, but Jeezus Adele Christmas, who designs those ugly forecourt plantings that half of the great old houses on long island seem to have?

Turner Pack Rats said...

a really handsome place but i'm with DED on the landscaping or lack thereof. it puzzles me that if you can blow down multi bucks for one of these places, plant a few posies, buy a couple shrubs for gods sakes. the allee is nice but..... the main feature of these places back in the day was they were a synergistic system of land and house and i'm glad the ones that made it made it but they look lost without the gardens. i know there are no olmsteads and farrands anymore but someone on li must know how to grow a lilac or a daffodil still.
the other unfortunate or fortunate about this house is thank god for all that land cause he has ronald mcdonald on one side and shacks on the other.

a belated answer to a question posed when you ran the post on the Tiffany place. the reason all the artifacts went to the morse museum in florida is that the museum was started in the 40's by one of the Tiffany Art Foundation students who wanted to preserve things Tiffany in an era when they were not popular so when the place burned, a Tiffany offspring - Comfort Gilder - called him to let him know they were carting stuff away in trucks. McKean got in touch with the owner and saved much of what was left. The front entrance he gave to the Metropolitan Museum so that more people could enjoy it You should look up the book on Tiffany by Frelinhuysen. It's a must read.

security word def - "cance" - a contraction describing ms palin's ability on the floor.

Old (former) Long Islander said...


Let me be the first to congratulate you on Post #1001. Great job. Keep 'em comin'!


Charles said...

This house is gorgeous!

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

For TPR - Little Ipswich 1966 -

ChipSF - remnants of Rockhurst -

Has anyone been watching PBS's Masterpiece "Downton Abbey"? GREAT English drama with some New York money thrown in! Starts with the sinking of the Titanic, lots of upstairs/downstairs atmosphere, delicious lines - ex. "One swallow doesn't make a summer" and Maggie Smith playing the Dowager Bitch.

You can watch the 1st episode online -

Location for estate -

Anonymous said...

I've been watching. I actually ordered it from Video Collections for $23, can't wait for it to arrive. I'd like to see a film made about Long Island's gilded age...there is so much that could be done!!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Sobering indeed to look at all those aerials, of Little Ipswich and see how Long Island just filled up in those 20 years---1980, still lots of open space in the neighborhood, 2000, practically nothing but 1 acre lots.

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

Production starts in March for a 2nd season airing sometime 2012.