By Danny Schrafel
Looking for a home with a tie to the family of America’s poet laureate, Walt Whitman, and what might be the oldest barn in the country? Daniel Gale Sotheby’s has your house.
A 15-room home with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, located at 356 West Hills Road in West Hills, is on the market for $749,900, according to a listing accessed Monday.
The home was the original residence in the Whitman historic district and contains what historians believe is the oldest barn in America, according to Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty’s Linda Wohl – who is listing the historic property with Maria Boccard.
“There are some repairs that need to be done to the house and the barn, but there’s also an attached cottage… it’s wonderful, wonderful property and the house itself is as charming as can be,” Wohl said.
Historians believe Whitman, the founding publisher of The Long-Islander in 1837, visited the West Hills home, which was owned by a great-uncle who sold to a Revolutionary War soldier in 1788.
“Walt Whitman visited the family home, but he wasn’t an original owner – it was one of his relatives,” Wohl said.
What remains in 2015 is a “wonderful, big, sprawling house that has had some additions to it,” Wohl said – a historic structure with some original features remaining amidst modern conveniences.
The oldest part of the home, however, is not for sale – that’s because it was moved across the street in 1908 and used to build another home.
Now, to the decidedly modern brass tacks – the home is located in the South Huntington School District, and taxes are listed at $21,382/year. It currently features oil heat, a partial basement and walk-up attic.