Who knew a modular home could look this good?

01/04/2011 1:58 PM |

JENNETT MERIDAN RUSSELL PHOTO | Modular homes are now built in such a way the naked eye couldn't tell the difference.

It was nine years ago that businessman Roy Dower decided to fix up an ailing house on his family’s waterfront property in Flanders.

He wanted to restore it for his aging mother, Edna.

But wrangling with Southampton Town over building permits proved to be more than the East Williston resident could handle. He instead decided to build a new home. Six years into the effort of designing the house — and more dealings with Southampton Town — his mother passed away at 84.

Although saddened, Mr. Dower decided to continue his efforts to make his mother’s dream home a reality. The stately two-story house, which sits at the end of Pine Avenue in Flanders, features breathtaking views of the Peconic Bay and surrounding inlets from every room in the house. The fact that it’s a modular house, assembled after being prefabricated in Pennsylvania, makes it a unique piece of East End real estate.

Sitting atop thick wooden pylons to avoid problems with potential flooding, it boasts a laundry room, walk-in closets and a master suite complete with balcony and master bathroom. Mr. Dower said he would like to live in the 2,100-square-foot home, which also features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and is heavily insulated, but the memory of his late mother is causing him to have many mixed emotions.

He has decided to put the house, which appeared in these same Real Estate pages when it was under construction, up for sale at $1.1 million.

“I’d love to use it myself,” Mr. Dower said solemnly, but decided under the circumstances to sell the house, making an opportunity for someone else “to have an amazing place.”

After deciding to go modular, Mr. Dower, who summers in Baiting Hollow, engaged Riverhead engineer Jeffrey Butler, then sent the design plans to Simplex Homes, a modular home builder in Scranton, Pa. This past August, four prefabricated components were trucked in from Simplex.

Setting these major elements in place by a crane took only one day.

The exterior siding, granite countertops and other fixtures were then installed on-site. Mr. Dower said that off-site building offered a host of benefits — including sturdier construction, faster installation, easier climate control and what might be the most attractive factor of all, lower prices.

The house is produced in components, Mr. Dower said, “and then they put the components together on the property and then you add what you want. It’s cheaper to build and it’s much faster.”

Coldwell Banker/Trading Places Realtor Lorraine Miller is currently managing the sale of the property. She pointed out that the house features a great room with a dining area and a gourmet kitchen, plus numerous large windows that offer spectacular views.

“There is a water view from every single window in this house, which I find utterly amazing,” Ms. Miller said. “You get so drawn in here and are so captivated by everything around you.”

As for the taxes, Ms. Miller quipped that anyone who has to ask likely can’t afford the home to begin with. However, Riverhead property taxes estimated for the house are just over $8,000 a year.

However, Ms. Miller pointed out that the property sits on a half-acre peninsula, and “it’s so tranquil and beautiful and you have the wildlife all around you. It’s the kind of place where you just want to sit in a chair and not move for the rest of the day.”



12 Comment

  • How dare Mr. Dower “quip” that if a person asks how much the taxes are they “likely can’t afford the home.” You arrogant man little man! Are you saying that a person who’s looking to purchase a home shouldn’t ask about taxes?
    Read the News Review in December and see for yourself how many people haven’t paid their taxes on their homes in so long that their names are now shouted out to the public. A serious homebuyer always asks about taxes!! Jerk! I hope you don’t sell it. I wouldn’t buy it if you offered it to me for $1.

  • I think you should read a little more carefully before you go off on a rant. lol

  • I’m confused when it says Riverhead property taxes are estimated to be over $8k a year but the article says he fought over permits with Southampton Town……Which town is this home for sale in?
    Thank you and good luck with the sale.

  • Hey guest. I did read it carefully. What part of “As for the taxes, Ms. Miller quipped that anyone who has to ask likely can’t afford the home to begin with. However, Riverhead property taxes estimated for the house are just over $8,000 a year.” did you not understand?

  • Then why are you calling Ms. Miller an arrogant little MAN???!!! Ms Miller is just a Realtor, not the home owner. Why do you wish ill of the owner, Mr. Dower?? He made no such ‘quip’. Seems you are just a pissy person…….

  • This is a big, and ongoing issue with the area. It is officially in Southampton township, but children will be in the Riverhead school district. I honestly do not know how the taxes are broken down, but I know residents of Flanders have been complaining of this problem for years..

  • I wonder if the taxes are for the new construction or the older, smaller home that was there previously. The town has his market value at under 600,000.

  • Seems like he should pay his fair share in taxes…. My taxes are over 9k per year. I am no where near the water and have a smaller house. Seeems like there are some inequities in the tax structure. Guess Flanders needs another tax adjustment. No wonder taxes are so high in Riverhead. The folks in Southampton town definitely don’t pay their fair share of school taxes to Riverhead.

  • It sure is crazy that a house costing over 1.1 Million only has an $8,000 tax bill…..

  • Great site, looking forward to reading and getting involved with the community.

  • I love the art of this house. Hope to see inside photos of this house.