John Russo

John Russo

Richard B. Arnold Real Estate

222 Prospect Ave: A Victorian Gothic Sea Cliff Home

Here's your chance to contribute to Sea Cliff History. 222 Prospect Ave is a 5 bed & 2.5 bath home, and it is a locally designated Sea Cliff Landmark. This High Victorian Gothic home has three stories of living and endless amounts of charm. Enjoy private moments in the beautiful backyard or sit on the front porch and enjoy the view of the community.

Nicknamed “The Yellow Lady,” this home is a short walk to downtown Sea Cliff and quite close to the boardwalk leading to Sea Cliff Beach.

At the turn of the century, this home was owned by a steamboat ferry captain.  He raised his family here, and this home’s position as an iconic Sea Cliff landmark was established.

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.  

With its charm and beauty, 222 Prospect Ave continues to live on as a beautiful piece of Sea Cliff history.


A defining characteristic of Sea Cliff is the variety of landmarked Victorian homes. 222 Prospect Ave contributes to this tradition, and the home is a beloved structure in the community. This home celebrates many defining characteristics of Victorian architecture: contrasting paint colors, an asymmetrical shape, & a comfortable front porch. To learn more about the history of Victorian Architecture in Sea Cliff, read Tom Kaufman’s Simply North Shore article, “Victorian Architecture 101: Visit Sea Cliff.” 

The sky blue paint on the ceiling of the front porch mimics the colors of nature & is a typical characteristic of Victorian architecture.
Guests are welcomed in the comfortable entry foyer before moving to the rest of the home.
The front parlor is a versatile space off the entry foyer. The built-in bookshelves provide convenient & aesthetically pleasing storage.

I love Sea Cliff’s Victorian charm and sense of community. When my wife Laura & I renovated our Victorian home, we had an amazing experience with the Sea Cliff Landmarks Preservation Commission. 

The kitchen overlooks the peaceful backyard and is a convenient location to serve dinner on the incredible porch.

This group of dedicated volunteers serves as a tremendously knowledgable resource for the community. Consequently, I decided to sit on the Board of this amazing group, and I pride myself on sharing my architectural insight with friends, neighbors, & customers. As mentioned earlier, 222 Prospect Ave is proudly recognized by the Sea Cliff Landmarks Commission as a locally landmarked home. 

The formal dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and the entrance to the porch.
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.

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 a short distance from home.

With three levels of living space, the home enjoys many windows that look out on the private backyard. There is a wonderful garden at the back of the property to escape the chaos of everyday life. When you’re finished in the backyard, you can relax and enjoy a meal on the deck overlooking the yard. After your meal, you’re a short walk to Sea Cliff Beach or the Promenade along Tappan Beach that overlooks Hempstead Harbor. In short, the location is a perfect spot to take advantage of the best that Sea Cliff has to offer.

The private yard at 222 Prospect Ave is an amazing spot to unwind after work and a great location to entertain friends and family.
Now is the time to make this home yours! Be ready to enjoy the summer in this beautiful Sea Cliff charmer!
The hardwood floors in this home add to its charm!
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.

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