A true classic, The Levi Starbuck House is one of Nantucket’s earliest and most exquisite examples of Greek Revival architecture. Built in 1838 and renovated in 2003, this twelve room, five bedroom, five and one-half bathroom residence has been carefully maintained with attention paid to preserve a myriad of historic features. The three levels of finished living space are introduced by a grand front entry porch, leading to an elegant foyer with a beautiful staircase with original wood detail, and a double parlor with two fireplaces. With views of Nantucket Harbor and unparalleled craftsmanship throughout, this is truly one of the most desirable offerings in all of historic downtown Nantucket.
Located at 14 Orange Street, The Levi Starbuck House is one of Nantucket’s most iconic residences. Dating back to 1838, the House was designed by William M. Andrews in the Greek Revival style, one of the earliest specimens of the architectural movement to be found on the island. Before 14 Orange Street, Andrews completed nearby 22 Hussey Street, and possibly 24 Hussey Street and 8 Orange Street. In 1838, the magnificently appointed residence was acquired by a prominent member of Nantucket society, Levi Starbuck, who at age 69 was already a successful whale oil merchant, and was part of one of the Nantucket’s most notable whaling and merchant families. He spent the rest his life living in and enjoying his magnificent new house at 14 Orange Street. Subsequent owners have respected the historic value of the property through later additions and alterations to the residence, carefully maintaining the original style of the home. A property of this historic caliber, evoking all the luxury of a bygone age, seldom becomes available in such immaculate condition.
First Floor: A historical front entrance framed with columns guides you into a formal foyer with an elegant Greek Revival style staircase. The graceful curves appear in balustrade rails along with the emergence of continuous contours. The entrance foyer leads into the gracious double parlor, which features historic elements such as elaborately detailed crown moldings. Formal dining room accesses the updated kitchen. The kitchen is open to an informal living and dining area that boasts stunning harbor views. There is an office with large windows overlooking the private patio and is accented with details such as a fireplace, wet bar, half bath with a wall mural.
Second Floor: Second floor deck views of the Harbor are enjoyed by both the Master bedroom and office. The master bedroom has a his and hers bathroom and dressing areas. There is a hall laundry area. The second floor hosts two guest bedrooms, one has an ensuite and the other accesses a hall bathroom.
Third Floor: Oversized family room with a kitchenette, full bathroom and two bedrooms. A historical heat vent captures the craftsmanship of the stairwell below through a looking glass. Stunning views of both Town and Nantucket Harbor are exhibited from the third floor bedrooms.
Basement: Partial finished basement with walkout exterior access. The interior access is a secret hatch. Finished wine cellar.
Listed By: Nantucket Realty Advisors