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Rich Cribs: Matinecock home with ice cream parlor, and more
There is much fun to be had -- regardless of how old you are -- on this 5.86-acre Matinecock estate with four ponds on the market for $2.895 million.
Take the pool house. It’s set up like an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, complete with a soda fountain. A lone carousel horse completes the fantastical scene. After a frosty treat, one can head down a few steps to work out in the gym or retreat to the sauna and Jacuzzi. Another option is to hit the game room on the second floor, where there are arcade classics such as Pac-Man and pinball.
Next to the pool house is a Disney-themed Bavarian half-timbered playhouse that is large enough for a child to sleep in, says listing agent Julie Accetta of Laffey Fine Homes. Another outbuilding will turn heads -- a log cabin with a rocking chair front porch.
In the main house -- an 1850 Colonial -- there are other whimsical spaces, including the children’s reading room, which is decorated with a Cinderella rug and small couch. From here, magical views of the property are offered through pretty windows. Train buffs will get a kick out of an elevated track set against the backdrop of a mountain scene. This area, as well as a game room and craft room, are in the finished basement.
Perhaps the most magical experience for adults will be the rathskeller. Situated under the original beams of the house, the cellar’s European ambience is punctuated by wide plank walls and terra-cotta tile floors. There are also old oak barrels and a bevy of wine racks in the temperature-controlled wine cellar.
SOLID AS A BRICK As the story goes, Lyndon Tuthill, a decedent of Ira Tuthill -- a founder of New Suffolk -- had his stately Federal-style home built in 1936 to employ local tradesman during the Great Depression. “This house must have put a heck of a lot of people to work,” says Vicky Germaise of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is marketing the property for $1,395,000.
Set on 2.75 acres in New Suffolk, the Lyndon Tuthill-Floyd Houston House was built with bricks from a former brick factory on Robins Island, in Peconic Bay. It was solidly built, Germaise says, noting the basement was poured with 12-inch concrete walls. “There’s no creaking in this house,” Germaise adds. The exterior’s red brick is complemented by white trim, green shutters and a slate roof.
Interior features include three polished oak staircases, arched entryways and two fireplaces. Every closet in the house is cedar. There are 2.5 bathrooms. Rooms include a library and a sunroom as well as four bedrooms. From the second floor, a wide staircase ascends to an unfinished stand-up attic. All the mechanicals in the house have been updated. Amenities include central air-conditioning and a three-car garage.