It’s unclear what is more unusual about this 4,000-square-foot contemporary home in East Quogue listed for $1.499 million — the miniature golf course in the backyard or the property taxes.
The miniature golf course has six holes and all the bells and whistles that would come with a professional putt-putt golf course: waterfalls, lights and a Bose stereo system, to name a few. The last hole features a two-tier green. If a player gets the ball into the top hole, it drops down to the last green below. At least one houseguest was known to achieve a double hole-in-one there. There’s even a water trap that carries stroke penalties.
Homeowner Larry Simon, a golfer, says the mini course was originally a tennis court. A friend who does landscaping for Donald Trump suggested the conversion, he says. “He was right,” he adds. “More people can play miniature golf than can play tennis.”
Simon says he has had 16 people playing miniature golf at the same time. A 20-by-40-foot in-ground pool next to the golf course is available to cool off after a grueling round.
The interior was built with fun in mind, too. The open floor plan, soaring ceilings, walls of windows and a bar next to the fireplace accommodates even the most ambitious entertaining plans. There are six bedrooms and five full baths. A full gym in the lower level is equipped with Life Fitness equipment. The chef’s kitchen is seven years old but Simon, a bachelor, says, “I don’t cook, so it’s really brand new.”
Simon has owned the property for 25 years, during half of which he used it as a weekend home only. “I’ve had the greatest time here. It’s a fun house,” he says. The property is also available for rent for an annual rate of $88,000, or $65,000 for June, July and August.
The house is listed with Mark Schindler and Gary DePersia of The Corcoran Group.
And the property taxes? $3,970 a year.