The neighborhood of Dongan Hills Colony–or “the Colony”, as referred to by native Staten Islanders–is another one of Staten Island’s greatest little secrets. Ironically, though, it was one of the first neighborhoods in Staten Island to have a surge of development after World War II in the 1950s.
Located within the valley between Todt Hill and Emerson Hill, and above Richmond Road, the Colony sits in somewhat seclusion, as compared to other Staten Island neighborhoods, because of its only segue being roadways from the southern side. The natural noise buffers from the hills have also made it one of the quietest of Staten Island communities. Although considered a valley, there are rolling hills within the colony that allow for homes on top of these hills to have a sprawling view that spans from the New York Harbor to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
There are both one- and two-family homes built here, but you will only find detached homes in the Dongan Hills Colony. The popular assumption for those who know about the Colony is that there are exclusive luxury homes in the area. Another one of the Colony’s great secrets is that in addition to some of its beautiful mansions, there are also moderately-priced homes, as well as some that fall in between.
Our latest listing at 145 Mason Street is just such an example of a home that falls in between. Priced at $769,000, this four bedroom Colonial home boasts close to 2,700 square feet of living space and a 4,300 property size in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Staten Island.
With a country-style feel to it, this home successfully combines the traditional decor with modern amenities. Upon pulling up to the home, you will find a well-manicured front lawn combined with new pavers in front of the garage, as well as new siding stonework, new windows throughout, and a traditional Colonial front porch just waiting for a quaint rocking bench.
Upon entering the home and to the left of the first floor entryway, you will find a very large living room with French doors leading to the formal dining room–both with beautifully-done hardwood flooring and crown molding. To the right, you will find a powder room and the entryway to a large eat-in kitchen, which is complete with Corian counter tops and stainless steel appliances. In the back of the first floor is also a nice-sized family room with a skylight and glass sliding doors leading to the tiered, decked yard with an above-ground, 12-by-24 foot pool. The first floor also has a side foyer which leads you to the side door, garage and the basement of this home, which is fully-finished with high ceilings and two rooms, in addition to a laundry area. The basement also has a brand new full bath.
Let’s head up to the second floor of this home, where there are a few things that stand out for me. The first thing you will notice when coming up the stairs is how roomy and open the second floor hallway is, which is a rarity in many homes. Another rarity in this home is the size of the bedrooms. Most older Colonial homes were built with small bedrooms in order to save money heating the rooms. It was said that back in the Colonial-era, you could boast of how much money you had by the size of your bedrooms. Three of the four bedrooms in this home boast approximately 12 x 12 feet of space, which is considered large for even a newly constructed home. The only exception is the fourth and final bedroom, the master bedroom, which of course is larger than the others. Two of the four bedrooms also have beautiful harbor views that not all of the homes in the colony are lucky enough to have. The recently-redone master bath is also a sight to see. With entryways from both the main hall and the master bedroom, this four-piece bath hosts a large ornate vanity topped with granite, a Jacuzzi tub, a beautiful glass-enclosed shower, and tumbled stone throughout. It’s just a nice little perk to come home to after a hard day’s work.
From its traditional style, to its modern amenities, to its serene and beautiful setting, our latest listing in Dongan Hills Colony at 145 Mason Street is one of Staten Island’s greatest secrets we at RealEstateSINY.com are letting out. For more information or to schedule a viewing of this home, please contact the RealEstateSINY.com office at 718-966-9669