Windows -- picture, bay, bow, Palladian, leaded glass, stained glass, garden, eyebrow, you name it -- can add style to any home.
"People do take note of nice windows," says Elena D'Agostino of Signature Premier Properties, who is co-listing the Cold Spring Harbor home on the opposite page.
People look for natural light, says Ellen Zipes of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, who is co-listing the Roslyn Harbor home featured below. And as some homeowners strive to let the outdoors in, they forgo window treatments, Zipes adds. Popular today are windows with simulated divided light grilles, which look like traditional windows made of multiple panes of glass but are energy efficient and more affordable, D'Agostino notes.
No matter how attractive, a window needs to be well-insulated to make a home comfortable, especially since they can have a significant impact on heating and cooling costs. Look for well-maintained windows -- those without evidence of wear and leaks, advises Zipes.
70 Spruce St.
Talk about a room with a view -- or in the case of this custom Contemporary ranch, rooms with a view. Most have walls of glass overlooking the property. "When you walk in the front door, you are a part of nature," says one of the homeowners. High ceilings as well as marble and bleached oak floors and two fireplaces are also part of the design, a collaboration by architect Brian Shore and builder Terence Walsh. Of 12 rooms, six are bedrooms, including the master suite, which boasts a private balcony. There are 51 / 2 bathrooms. The finished lower level contains a wine cellar, media room, gym, billiard room and playroom. Outside, there is a tiered deck with a built-in barbecue. The lush 1.45-acre landscape is complemented by an in-ground pool with a hot tub, while a tennis court is out of view from the house. Ellen Zipes and Alice Walsh, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-626-7600
37 Woodridge Lane
Constructed in 2008 by the builder for his family, this custom neo-Victorian home has special windows throughout -- most of them double hung tilt-in wash, as well as picture windows and an eyebrow. In fact, the builder-owner was invited to the Andersen Factory in Bayport, Minn. The company suggested 400 Series storm-resistant windows for those facing Hempstead Harbor. The builder used the windows for the entire house, which cost more than $40,000, says the listing agent. Windows overlooking the water include those in the kitchen, the two-story great room, some bedrooms, and in the turret, where there is a breakfast area on the first floor and sitting area on the second. Other details include wood floors, two fireplaces, six bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, including the master suite. The basement, which has 10-foot ceilings, has egress windows. Resting on a .55-acre lot, the house has more than 5,200 square feet of living space. Dee Dee Brix, Laffey Fine Homes International, 516-551-5241
COLD SPRING HARBOR
62 Snake Hill Rd.
Showcasing three walls of windows, the 537-square-foot three-season room in this renovated country estate overlooks a lush landscape and a gunite saltwater pool. Accessible from the great room through a double set of French doors, the three-season room also features wood floors and a beadboard ceiling with recessed lighting and a fan. It is equipped with a barbecue grill with an exhaust system and a Marvel refrigerator. Other special windows can be found throughout the 6,400-square-foot house, which has been added onto throughout the years. The original structure is a 19th century barn. The sellers did a high-end renovation down to the hardware and interior doors, says one of the listing agents. Other details include five fireplaces, five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half-baths. The lot size is 2.16 acres. Elena D'Agostino and Joyce Mennella, Signature Premier Properties, 631-835-2759
138 Grandview Dr.
Designed with west-facing floor-to-ceiling windows and a broad deck, this A-frame home offers views of Bellport Bay. While the second floor is occupied by the master suite, the first-floor open layout includes the family room with a stone fireplace, an eat-in kitchen and dining area, as well as another two bedrooms and a bathroom. Set on a 65-by-200-foot parcel, the property comes with access to a private beach and mooring for a boat. Amenities include a new roof, central air-conditioning and a skylight. Water did not enter the house during Sandy, says the agent. Geraldine Sapanaro and Victoria Swenson, Moriches Bay Realty, 631-878-0003
3 Marie Ct.
Two sets of bay windows -- one in the living room, the other in the dining room -- overlook the front yard. The living room also has a wood-burning stove flanked by two oversized windows, while the great room has a cathedral ceiling -- and of course, more windows. Other features include wood floors, French doors, a screened porch and a finished basement. There are four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms, including the master suite. The house is set in a wooded cul-de-sac on a .92-acre parcel. Christine Schaeffer, Eileen A. Green Realty Corp., 631-286-3366