A 1905 farmhouse at 1308 Sunnyside Ave. has been put on the market and is the talk of neighborhood not for the home’s large gracious size, but for the stories of its use during the Prohibition era.
A recent open house drew lots of neighbors talking about the history of the home, said listing agent Elaine Petrillo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Rye, which is handling the sale.
“The house was a speakeasy during the Prohibition,” she said recounting what neighbors told her of how illegal alcohol was served when drinks were banned from 1920-1933. And there is a very large wooden bar in the entrance foyer and secret doors from the hallway giving evidence of the tale. The living room is particularly large and she said could hold at least 90 people.
Sounds like a good place for a drink and maybe some dancing. This local place could have indeed competed with the famed New York’s 21 Club.
The house is a former barn for Sterling Estates and has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, three sunrooms and a screened porch. The yard is large, and Petrillo says, it is a perfect family house.
It is listed for $959,000 and is within the Rye Neck school district.