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Rich Cribs: A ‘castle’ in Bay Shore, and more
LOOKING OVER AWIXA Looking for a good deal on a castle? Well, the original asking price of a 22-room manse in Bay Shore known as Awixa Castle has been reduced by more than half to $1,979,999.
It was originally listed in 2011 for $3.995 million. Set on 3.1 acres, the house — completed around 1904 — was built as a summer cottage for a banker, says Steve Rainone of Netter Real Estate, who is marketing the property. It was another owner who in 1964 altered the exterior to create a castle facade.
At some point, he also added two substantial rooms, including a ballroom. The current owners, Joe and Julie Weiss, renovated the house in 2000. A sample of the work that was done includes refinishing all the woodwork and repairing Tiffany windows. “We were able to strip down to the original floors,” Joe Weiss says.
The golden oak paneling, stairs and balustrade in the front hall were antiqued in a lighter color to brighten the space. The architectural details of the front hall seen from the foyer are Jacobean-style and the chandelier was purchased by the second homeowner, who had it commissioned while on a trip to Florence, Italy, in 1959.
The kitchen, which had never reached 60 degrees in the winter, was gutted. Radiant heat was added, as were four-inch oak floors. The kitchen is outfitted with five ovens, including one from Paris. The house has nine bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half-baths, as well as 11 fireplaces and a movie theater. Rainone says all the rooms on the third level have views of Awixa Creek. The 1.3-acre property is equally as impressive, Rainone says, noting it boasts 350 feet of bulkhead, a boat house (now a guesthouse), an in-ground pool and a pool house, as well as a detached five-car garage with a loft. Looking back to the house from the pool, you can see part of the octagonal living room and the massive outdoor kitchen. Also included in the price — a small private island situated right off the property, reachable by a walking bridge. -- LISA DOLL BRUNO
FRENCH-STYLE MANOR The master bathroom in this Nissequogue home comes with a few unusual extras — marble floors, a chandelier, fireplace and a TV.
The 45-inch television is staying with the home, which is listed for $3.9 million. Other atypical features include a soundproof theater on the main floor, humidor in the library, boccie ball court and built-in generator. The 10,000-square-foot French-inspired manor is on almost three acres on Nissequogue’s highest point, with distant water views, says listing agent Maria Orlandi of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The kitchen is another elaborate room, featuring travertine marble floors, granite countertops, a cabinet-covered refrigerator and freezer, two dishwashers, a six-burner range, 2-1/2 ovens and a built-in butcher block. -- VALERIE KELLOGG