Nick Olsen Redesigns a Sag Harbor Estate

Teresa Zhang | August 23, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

Newly reimagined by interior designer Nick Olsen, this whaling-era home in Sag Harbor won’t be for sale for long.


Nick Olsen’s bright colors modernized the whaling-era home

With an ivory front porch surrounded by crepe myrtle trees, this Main Street masterpiece is a rarity on the East End’s ever-crowded real estate market. Originally built in 1810 by renowned craftsman Benjamin Glover, for whom Glover Street is named, the house was expanded in 1850 by Glover to include an adjacent carriage house, where his daughter lived. The entire structure has been left intact but given a bright, eclectic spin by interior designer Nick Olsen.


Cornetta Designs did the home’s landscaping.

Celebrated for mixing antiques and modern artwork with signature élan, Olsen retouched this traditional mansion by creating a comfortable interior that nods to the past while maintaining a sense of whimsy. Never one to shy from bold color, patterns or an overscale gesture, he designed a home that is brilliantly broken up by saturated spaces like a blaze-red study and the emerald green bedroom.


The eat-in kitchen features a sitting area with a grand fireplace

Beyond the gated entrance, the three-story, 4,000-square-foot home encompasses five bedrooms, four bathrooms, seven fireplaces, a media room, a library, a bar, formal living and dining rooms and a master suite parlor that conjures visions of a different time. Exterior amenities at the pristine relic include a back deck and patio, a dining area, a heated gunite pool and two off-street parking spaces.


“Nick Olsen, along with homeowner Michael Lorber, really did an amazing job capturing the spirit and history of Sag Harbor in this house,” listing agent Adam Hofer says. “The wallcoverings add a fun, nautical flair that give every room its own personality.”

With a luxurious indoor space that uses a mixture of beige bricks and Carrara marble, this new traditional home presents a refreshing look of modernization. Listing agent Adam Hofer agrees: “Beyond special, this house is perfect inside and out.”


Privet surrounds the heated gunite pool



278 Main St.


Sag Harbor


5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Square Feet

Approx. 3,950

Listing Price

$6.495 million

Listing Agent

Adam Hofer, Douglas Elliman, 631.283.4343,

Photography by: douglas elliman