John Russo

John Russo

Richard B. Arnold Real Estate

174 15th Ave in Sea Cliff: The Way Life Should Be!

Perched high on a cliff with three levels of unobstructed views of Hempstead Harbor, life at 174 15th Avenue in Sea Cliff is heavenly! To live in this home is to hark back to Sea Cliff of the early 1900s - a time when Sea Cliff was one of the premier resort towns on Long Island.

Today, Sea Cliff maintains its charm as a waterfront community with residents who enjoy countless activities on the water.  That said, it’s a modern community with highly regarded schools, access to world-class shopping, and a train-line to Manhattan.  

When you first enter 174 15th Ave, you’ll immediately notice the painstaking details of the hardwood floor. As you look up, you’ll recognize the detailed woodwork – clearly a sign of the charm that awaits a visitor as you settle into this classic Victorian Sea Cliff home. The molding, the fireplace, the built-in bookshelves: all things that force you to slow down and digest the experience of this true Sea Cliff Victorian home – a home that characterizes the style of the period.  

The home's interior design is punctuated with panoramic views of Hempstead Harbor & the Long Island Sound.
Natural light creates an inviting warmth that radiates throughout every room. Every detail is authentically Victorian, and the home's future owner should embrace these details.
The mantle on the fireplace is so carefully detailed that one gets lost in its beauty.
Notice the outdoor speakers which create a perfect synergy between the home's interior and the home's exterior. This house allows you to celebrate life!

With all these details that draw your attention, time seems to slow down in this home.  You’ll catch your breath and look beyond the room’s design to see the windows offer a clear view of Hempstead Harbor, Sands Point, & the Long Island Sound. Yes, every window in the living room – literally every one – has a clear view of the water. The home’s wraparound porch invites you outside. Each level of the home has its own distinct outdoor living space – an extension of the home’s entertaining & living areas. You’ll also notice that the porches were designed to be functional – wide enough to accommodate tables & chairs and still have room for movement.

The custom built-in cabinet makes perfect use of a corner of the room.
The only problem with this view is that it's hard to leave for work - or for any reason for that matter!

From 1890 until 1920, Sea Cliff was one of the most popular resort towns on Long Island.  As summer residents began to occupy their homes year-round, the infrastructure of the community grew – along with the train, the schools, the parks and the shopping. Today, Sea Cliff certainly has everything a contemporary family, commuter, or retiree could want all within one-square-mile.  That said, life at 174 15th Avenue is a reminder that Sea Cliff has a rich history as a resort community that celebrates sailing, swimming, socializing, and sleeping under a sunset.

This picture of Sea Cliff Beach shows the excitement of life on the water. Today, Sea Cliff Beach and the Sea Cliff Yacht Club are popular destinations for local residents. Photo courtesy of Richard B. Arnold Real Estate.
This home is perfectly situated on a hill overlooking the water. The property is big enough to customize it to your taste. Likewise, the home is perfectly situated just a short walk to the beach and to the downtown area.
As noted in Tom Kaufman's article "Victorian Architecture 101: Visit Sea Cliff", whimsical, contrasting colors are a defining characteristic of Victorian architecture. Click on this picture to read the article & to see additional pictures of this amazing property.
The steps at the end of Tilly Place, a short stroll from your backyard at 174 15th Ave, lead right to the boardwalk. It's a 5 minute walk to Sea Cliff Beach and the Sea Cliff Yacht Club.

174 15th Avenue is 30 yards from the boardwalk overlooking Hempstead Harbor & the Long Island Sound.  Yes, the boardwalk is a short stroll from your back porch – the same boardwalk that leads directly to Sea Cliff Beach.  The idyllic location of the home is also a short walk to downtown Sea Cliff, with its charming restaurants, friendly bars, & unique small businesses. Many Sea Cliff business owners are also residents. For example, Still Partners is a community bar & restaurant with local owners who celebrate Sea Cliff’s unique culture. Read Tom Kaufman’s article about Still Partners to get more insight into the community.

The interior design of this home remains true to the Victorian period. Click on this picture to see more pictures of this home posted by @simplynorthshore #17415thavenue
174 15th Ave shines in the snow! When Tom Kaufman posted this picture on the @simplynorthshore Instagram feed, it immediately attracted a lot of traffic. Click on this picture to see the additional pictures we've posted at #17415thavenue

In short, I’m crazy about this house. I love the architectural details, I love the location, and I love the views. Tom Kaufman – my business partner with The Russo Kaufman Team at Richard B. Arnold RE in Sea Cliff – and I are proud to show this home to a discerning buyer who wants to own a piece of Sea Cliff history.  Feel free to contact me or Tom directly so you can be in the house of your dreams by the summer!

John Russo

John Russo

John transitioned from a 30-year successful career on Wall Street to follow his true passion, real estate. He has lived in Sea Cliff for over 20 years and is highly regarded in the community.

Tom Kaufman

Tom Kaufman

As a life-long resident of Long Island, Tom appreciates the unique personalities of Long Island's diverse communities. Tom’s insight into Long Island’s North & South Shores uniquely positions him to find the best home for you and your family.

Heidi Hunt

Heidi Hunt

Heidi holds a BFA in photography and has been working in the field for over twenty years. Her commercial employment includes Kodak, Fox News and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She uses her lens every day to capture life's moments. To see more of Heidi’s work and to contact her, click on her picture to visit her website:

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