The home the place Hamptonites flocked for the realm’s finest tomatoes has hit the market for the first time since the mid-1800s, asking $1,795,000, The Post has realized.
Named the Holton House, the Sag Harbor property has been owned by the identical household for two centuries, an prevalence that has been pegged by the realtors as “extremely rare.”
Many locals and culinary celebs would purchase from famed “Tomato Lady” Carol Olejnik’s stand, situated throughout from the place she lived on Main Street.
“The ‘Tomato Lady’ stand started with my grandmother in the 1970s when she herself was in her 70s. She was in business with a family who had fields in Bridgehampton,” Elizabeth McGuire, Olejnik’s niece, advised The Post. “The stand in entrance of our home grew to become extremely popular for the range and style of the tomatoes.
“It also became a hotspot for neighbors in the community to gather, helping my grandmother, and sharing fresh-made lemonade and age-old stories,” continued McGuire, who famous that the first deed she nonetheless has dates to 1853. “My grandmother would sit on the porch waiting for her next customer until she was 89.”
In the summer time of 1996, a number of years after her grandmother’s demise, McGuire’s aunt took over the stand and added different greens and even flowers to the accessible bounty, she mentioned. Olejnik labored on the stand for twenty years, till she was identified with leukemia in April 2016. She died at home at age 74 in September 2017.
But the stand’s mystique remained.
“For years after my aunt’s passing, when late July came around, I would see bewildered people around our house … until they finally would ask … do you know where the ‘Tomato Lady’ lives?”
The household’s quaint, three-bedroom, two-bath abode nonetheless portrays an outdated English vibe. The authentic brick fireside stays intact over time, which makes for a heat and comfortable aesthetic.
And the structure itself isn’t the one side of the property with a protracted historical past.
“The grapes that are growing in the backyard are grapes brought here in the early 1900s when my maternal great-grandparents, Giuseppe [changed to Joseph] and Salvatrese Laspesa, immigrated here from Palermo, Italy,” mentioned McGuire.
Of course, some issues have been modernized over time. In 2018, all the decrease stage of the home was renovated all the way down to the studs, including new electrical, plumbing and central air-con, in keeping with the itemizing.
The eat-in kitchen is a showpiece, that includes an authentic brick fireside and fashionable home equipment. Additionally, a beneficiant, lined entrance porch provides to the not too long ago reconstructed home.
A visitor bed room and full tub are additionally situated on the first ground.
Spanning 1,634 sq. ft, the home additionally includes a shaded again patio that faces the yard with mature landscaping — in addition to the Italian grapevines first planted on the flip of the twentieth century.
“Holton House is ready for your personal touch and possibly room for a pool,” the itemizing states.
Cee Scott Brown of Compass holds the listing.