There's been a price cut for this turn-of-the-20th-century Center Moriches Victorian owned by a New York Times best-selling author and her husband.
Listed for $999,000, the house was built for the prominent Wilcox duck farming family. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 2.28 acres abutting Old Neck Creek "is the kind of place you just fall in love with," owner Michael Pagnotta says. It had been on the market last year for $1.35 million.
Pagnotta, a music manager and publicist who has worked for George Michael, Depeche Mode, Prince, The Cure, Erasure and the Olsen twins, has owned the home since 2001 with his wife, Tonya Hurley, author of the best-selling young adult "Ghostgirl" and "The Blessed" trilogies.
Much of the original woodwork remains intact in the 3,750-square-foot home; the same is true of an original tin ceiling, Pagnotta says.
"What we wanted to do is make it modern without losing any of the original touches," he says.
During a major renovation about three years ago, they upgraded the bathrooms, added Sub-Zero appliances and marble countertops to the kitchen, built a sunroom and added floors sourced from 19th century barn wood.
While adding landscaping, fencing and a 20-by-40-foot in-ground pool, they "could still sort of make out the trails that they used," he says, adding that they also discovered "tons of duck tracks buried underground." On the first floor, there is also a living room with a fireplace, an enclosed porch, formal dining room, music room and den. Upstairs is the master bedroom suite, three guest bedrooms, an office/bedroom and a full bathroom. A full, unfinished basement is currently used for utilities and storage. A detached garage could be converted to artist's space, Pagnotta adds, and the property has a dock.
The home is listed with Joseph Savio and Lisa Stevens of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.