Shelter Island's Renowned Snyder House Is Listed for $13.95M

March 8, 2023

A quaint cottage, it is not. But this midcentury modern standout is renowned.

“The traditional home on Shelter Island is a shingled, 19th-century, Maine-style home,” says Nick Brown of Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage, the listing agent for the island’s second-most expensive property.

Priced at $13.95 million, this 6,006-square-foot behemoth is 100 miles east of Manhattan, just off Long Island, and accessible by seaplane, helicopter, or ferry.

The home known as the Snyder House was designed by Bauhaus-trained architect Bertrand Goldberg in 1952 for steel magnate John Snyder.

There are six bedrooms and four baths.

“When it was built, it was considered futuristic,” Brown says.

And these days, it’s a rarity.

“There’s very little that remains of (Goldberg’s) work, on the residential side,” Brown explains.

The sellers, who are the home’s third owners, snapped up the place in 2000. Their two-year restoration struck an impressive balance of honoring the home’s original footprint—the stone floors and eight-flue fireplaces remain—while adding contemporary upgrades.

“They really brought the house into the 21st century,” Brown says.

Air conditioning, radiant floor heating, a walk-in closet in the primary bedroom, a media room, and a yoga room were added.

One of the home’s bedrooms has a private entrance and bath, which would be ideal for any household staff, Brown says.

The kitchen’s chef-grade appliances and the open dining and living areas are an entertainer’s dream.

The property includes a private beach and a heated saltwater pool, which was completed just a year ago.

There’s also a two-car garage and a nearly all-glass, covered porch, which brings in plenty of natural light.

Original stone fireplace

(Chris Foster for Sotheby's International Realty)

Living room

(Chris Foster for Sotheby's International Realty)


(Chris Foster for Sotheby's International Realty)

Covered porch

(Chris Foster for Sotheby's International Realty)

One of the baths

(Chris Foster for Sotheby's International Realty)


(Chris Foster for Sotheby's International Realty)

Private beach and a fire pit

(Chris Foster for Sotheby's International Realty)

The home also features a rare amenity: a 235-foot, deep-water dock.

“It was originally designed for seaplane use,” Brown says. “You could have multiple boats.”

Delightfully, the home’s location makes it easy to cruise around the area in just about any watercraft.

“You can just whip across and go to Sag Harbor for dinner,” Brown says.

The house sits on 3.4 acres and has views of West Neck Harbor and Long Island Sound.

Brown notes the property has plenty of space to expand in the future.

And building up might be what’s ahead for the once-sleepy, Hamptons-adjacent vacation area. According to Brown, Shelter Island is “catching up” to the South Fork of Long Island, including the Hamptons.

“A lot of hotels and restaurants have been recently renovated,” he says.

The island has long been a summertime destination, but year-round residents and long-term visitors are increasingly common on the serene outpost.

“Shelter Island is becoming very hot,” Brown says. “We’ve had a lot of interest from buyers from abroad. Europeans love Shelter Island.”

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