Nassau and Suffolk counties have some of the highest home prices in the country. Between that, the high costs of living and the astronomical tax rates, living on Long Island is an expensive proposition. So just by residing here you may be living out some form of your dream.
But when you allow your mind to wander to thoughts of a dream home, practicality gets tossed from the equation. You let your imagination run wild. Just don't let it gloss over these key features essential to anyone's dream Long Island home.
Simply put, dealing with feet — and even inches — of snow is a nightmare. Eliminate the problem altogether by building a heated driveway for your dream estate.
Nothing brings a room to life like a ton of natural light. Don't forget to load your dream home with windows large enough to capture Long Island in all its natural glory.
Call it a man cave, a den, a game room or whatever tickles your fancy, but definitely include it in your dream home. Challenge yourself to make it as attractive as the one in this Roslyn Heights home.
Even if you can afford to purchase your dream home, you're still likely to be taken aback by the cost for a family of five to take in a movie at the local theater. Don't bother adhering to the movie theater's showtimes or worrying that you'll get stuck with a neck-straining front-row seat — just build a theater in your home. And while you're at it, a popcorn machine would come in handy, too.
Infinity edge pool
In-ground pools aren't reserved solely for the wealthiest anymore, in fact, they're pretty widespread on Long Island. It's a great feature to entertain kids during the summer and is ideal for hosting warm-weather gatherings. Not quite as practical or kid-friendly though, is an infinity edge pool. But when it overlooks the water — as does the one pictured outside a Sands Point home — the resulting aesthetic is very dreamy.
Even if you aren't a wine enthusiast, having a cellar specifically designed for wine adds a classy touch to any home, including the Sagaponack South estate pictured. If nothing else, it gives you a talking point with guests and a place to store the wine they'll surely bring to the parties you throw at your lavish dream home.
For all the modern climate-controlling conveniences, nothing quite warms the soul on a cold day like the crackling sounds and mesmerizing sights of a wood-burning fireplace like the one pictured in an Upper Brookville mansion.
High-end or Chef's Kitchen
Counter and stovetop space shortage is no one's idea of a dream, so the ideal Long Island home needs to come equipped with a great kitchen, like the one in this East Hampton home. Whether it's for personal experimentation or hired professional help, cooking, serving and cleaning is far more enjoyable when the appliances are stainless, the burners are abundant and the refrigerator is enormous.
Porch and/or patio
As nice as your dream home is, when the weather gets nice you're going to want to enjoy it outside. That's where a landscaped patio (or porch), like the one pictured from a Westbury mansion, can come in handy. After all, what's more peaceful than laying out among trees and bushes without having to drive anywhere to do so?
One of Long Island's treasures is its abundance of beach land. But if you had your way would you really fight the crowds just for the right to carry your beach chairs and coolers to a few feet of space on a public beach? Of course not. Your dream home would have access to a beach. And with some financial luck, perhaps you can afford the 90 feet of water frontage the pictured Quogue home boasts.
Big bathrooms — and plenty of them
Few dream of frantically standing outside a bathroom waiting for loved ones to take care of their business while urgently having to go themselves. That's why any dream home should have at least as many bathrooms as bedrooms. And while you're at it, dream big. Few things say luxury like an oversized, marble bathroom, such as the one in this Westbury mansion.
They say that just getting to the gym is half the battle, but if you're building your dream home why not reduce fighting as much as possible? Put a gym, like the one in Carlos Beltran's Sands Point house, on your property and work out from the comfort of your own home. Kiss moldy gym locker rooms goodbye.
After you hit your dream home's gym, you're going to want to relax your muscles in a Jacuzzi, like the one in this Sands Point home.
Room for help
It takes a lot of hard work to be able to afford your dream home (especially one with all the aforementioned features). Assuming you don't want to get bogged down in cleaning, cooking and maintenance projects, you're going to want help on hand whenever you need it. Make sure your home has enough room, like this 15,000-square-foot Water Mill house, to keep close by and ready to respond.