Colonial homes are among the most popular in the United States. The style of symmetrical architecture — with a focus on the front door and the windows that frame it — was created when Colonists arrived in America. Different varieties evolved over time. Here are five examples for sale on Long Island.
Aquebogue, 80 Southfields Rd., $579,000
The “lush location” is one of the draws of this “classic Colonial,” says listing agent Janet Bidwell of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The one-acre, cul-de-sac lot features its own natural pond, Bidwell says, and the property borders preserved land, making the yard a secluded, tranquil retreat.
The 1990 house was custom designed by the builder-owner, Bidwell says, who included special design touches such as crown moldings, wide plank hardwood flooring and built-in bookcases. Bidwell says “a grand entryway” leads to a formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace.
There’s a formal dining room with French doors to a large screened-in porch that overlooks the yard. A second set of French doors leads from the porch to the eat-in kitchen, which features custom cabinets, granite counters, a center island, stainless steel appliances, a double oven and a wine refrigerator.
The 2,600-square-foot home offers four “generously sized” bedrooms, Bidwell says, including a master suite. There are 2 1⁄2 baths, a family room, an office and a full basement with an outside entrance. The property has two brick patios, a sprinkler system and a two-car garage with a loft for storage.
Taxes are $11,091. Janet Bidwell and Pamela Hogrefe, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-255-4088 and 631-298-8000.
East Islip, 11 Washington Ave., $349,000
Every detail of this 1930 Colonial was a labor of love, says listing agent Susan Simmons of Coach Realtors, because the craftsman builder constructed the house for his own family. The three-bedroom home has high ceilings and oversized windows, Simmons says, as well as the original hardwood floors, moldings and banister.
There’s a formal dining room and living room with a fireplace that Simmons says has a wood-burning stove insert that can help heat the house. The current owner takes great care to decorate and maintain the home in keeping with its history, Simmons says, but has added the modern conveniences of two updated bathrooms and a renovated eat-in kitchen with new appliances.
Simmons says the owner is “globally conscious,” choosing to use only organic products on the home, inside and out. There’s a patio on the 50-by-150-foot property, which features perennial plantings and an organic vegetable garden.
Taxes are $9,452. Susan Simmons, Coach Realtors, 631-338-1936.
Commack, 10 Tara Lane, $649,000
This center hall Colonial features “Tuscan Flair,” says Ronni Tranes of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Tranes says that “warm, inviting style” is on display in the eat-in kitchen with cherry glazed cabinets, granite countertops, a tumbled marble backsplash, porcelain tile floors and other high-end amenities such as a warming tray.
There’s a living room, formal dining room and an expanded family room with a gas fireplace, large windows overlooking the yard and sliding glass doors leading out to a deck. The four-bedroom home offers hardwood floors, two full bathrooms and two half-baths, which Tranes says have been renovated and custom designed.
Built in 1982, the home has Andersen windows, an updated roof, garage doors and electrical system — and there’s a second kitchen in the full, finished basement. The .38-acre property features an in-ground pool, patio and a two-car garage and is equipped with in-ground sprinklers.
Taxes are $16,951. Ronni Tranes, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 631-240-1377.
Rockville Centre, 15 Demott Place, $795,000
This 1930 Colonial has been the beneficiary of TLC from the artist who calls it home, says Marilyn Sandroni, owner of Baldwin Realty. The house has been constantly updated with custom paints, stenciling and wallpaper, Sandroni says, and there’s a “welcoming charm” to the way the home is laid out.
Sandroni says the living room has a custom stone fireplace and offers an abundance of natural light. There’s a formal dining room and an updated, eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a new tile floor. A brick fireplace warms the family room, which features exposed beams and French doors to the yard.
The house has five bedrooms, including a master suite, and 2 1⁄2 renovated baths. Other recent improvements to the home include a new roof, windows and heating system. There’s a full basement and a walk-up attic. There’s also a two-car garage and a brick patio on the 50-by-150-foot property, which has been planted with colorful perennials and framed by a vine covered trellis — the work of the owner, whom Sandroni calls “a gifted gardener.”
Taxes are $18,689. Marilyn Sandroni, Baldwin Realty, 516-457-0678.
Northport, 10 Dreamworks Ct., $899,000
A two-story entrance hall welcomes you to this “elegant” Colonial, says listing agent William Ortiz of Redfin Real Estate. Ortiz says the “impeccable” home has the architectural detail of a traditional Colonial, with the benefit of modern amenities. Built in 2011, the home offers four bedrooms and 2 1⁄2 baths.
Ortiz says the master suite features a walk-in closet and a large sitting room with pocket doors that can separate it from the sleeping area. The master bathroom has double sinks, a frameless shower and a jetted tub. The open floor plan includes a formal living and dining room, Ortiz says, and a “bright and airy” kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen opens to a family room with a fireplace and sliding glass doors. Crown molding, wainscoting and dark oak floors are featured throughout the 3,300-square-foot home, Ortiz says, and the full basement has 10-foot ceilings and an outside entrance. The one-acre, wooded property features a two-car garage, a front porch and rear Trex deck.
Taxes are $19,150. William Ortiz, Redfin Real Estate, 631-922-0560.