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Maura McDermott

Maura McDermott writes about residential and commercial real estate at Newsday. Before coming to Newsday, she was a staff writer for five years at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., where her most recent beat – redevelopment – included the Prudential Center hockey arena in downtown Newark, the new Giants and Jets stadium and a $2 billion megamall under construction at the Meadowlands. She has covered mutual fund governance for a Financial Times-owned publication, crime for the Herald News of Passaic County, N.J., and education for The Riverdale Press in the Bronx, where she also served as managing editor. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, she lives with her husband, son and daughter in Queens, in an apartment overlooking the garden where her husband grows organic tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and lots and lots (and lots) of squash.

Oyster Bay Cove home's surprise: slot-car track

This Oyster Bay Cove home, which comes with

(Credit: Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates)

When the owners had their five-bedroom Oyster Bay Cove home custom-built in 1993, they were looking for a fun house — and fun is what they got.

The 7,200-square-foot home in the Tall Oaks neighborhood that recently hit the market has a 23-by-18-foot rock-climbing wall in the family room, an entire room devoted to a professional slot-car racing track and an outdoor, lighted basketball half-court.


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Why you should buy their house in Mount Sinai

Catherine and Kevin Jones sit in the family

(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Sellers: Kevin and Catherine Jones

Address: 3 Sunken Valley Rd., Mount Sinai

Asking price: $889,990

The basics: A four-bedroom, four-bathroom Postmodern on .79 acre

The competition: A five-bedroom, 3½-bath Contemporary around the corner is listed for $829,990.

Recent sale in the area: A five-bedroom, 4½-bath Colonial on Little Harbor Road sold June 3 for $700,000.


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Noyack glass house sells for more than $13M

A glass beach house in Noyack designed by

(Credit: Sanders & Associates)

A glass beach house in Noyack designed by architect Roger Ferris recently sold for a little more than its $13 million listing price. Ferris, who also designed the Bridge Golf Club clubhouse in Bridgehampton, built this house to maximize the water views, says listing agent Alan Schnurman of Saunders & Associates.

The furnished home was on the market less than a month before it went into...

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News 12: LI homes with something extra

This Oyster Bay Cove home, which comes with

(Credit: Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and E)

Newsday LI Home editor Valerie Kellogg appeared on News 12 Long Island Tuesday night, as she does every Tuesday night around 7:15, to talk about high-end Long Island homes.

This week she took News 12's Lea Tyrrell on a tour of three luxe properties. Here's the clip, in case you missed it, with a list of the agents representing each of the properties. To see past segments, click here.


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Glen Cove Legend house comes with boat slip

This house, listed for $2.988 million, is part

(Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby's International)

One 5,700-square-foot four-bedroom home, built in 2000 and on the market for $2.988 million, has the luxuries you would expect from a Gold Coast residence: two-story entry with grand staircase, fireplace, professional-grade kitchen appliances. And it has amenities that most single-family homes can’t boast: landscaping, snow removal and 24-hour security.

The house is part of the Legend Yacht...

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Open house watch: See 6 Baldwin homes this weekend

This home on Cramer Court in Baldwin is

(Credit: Laffey Fine Homes)

This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on Cramer Court in Baldwin is on the market for $465,000. “It is a split that has been totally updated,” says listing agent Kathleen Myers, of Laffey Fine Homes (516-333-0025). There are four levels of living space. With a finished basement, “you could easily have a second living room or a recreation room down there,” says Myers. “There is also tons of storage,...

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Hobbit-like house comes on market in Southold

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Between the colorful gardens, the diminutive scale and the shabby-chic interior design, this cottage for sale in Southold looks like it’s straight out of “The Hobbit.”

The two-bedroom, one-bath home recently came on the market for $900,000.

“It’s like a fairy tale house, very rustic,” says listing agent Mary Lentini of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

Rustic, it is....

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Open House Watch: See 6 Ronkonkoma homes this weekend

A three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage-style ranch on North Huron

(Credit: Century 21 Bays Edge Realty)

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage-style ranch on North Huron Street in Ronkonkoma is on the market for $299,999. “It is a very charming little house that would be great for first-time home buyers or for someone downsizing,” says listing agent Lisa Silverstein of Century 21 Bays Edge Realty (631-563-1616). “It was originally a summer cottage that was converted.” She says there are cathedral...

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LI tennis house where Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson played for sale

The tennis house is the only remaining structure

(Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby's International)

The tennis house is the only remaining structure of the original 400-acre Winthrop Estate in Woodbury, and it recently came on the market, along with a four-bedroom Colonial that was built on the property in the 1960s, for $1.299 million.

The tennis house was built in the 1920s by Henry Rogers Winthrop, a millionaire banker and director of the Long Island Rail Road, and his wife, Alice Woodward...

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Why you should buy her house in Farmingdale

Gail Fine stands in the eat-in kitchen of

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Seller: Gail Fine

Address: 10 Stratford Green, Farmingdale

Asking price: $314,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath town house condo in the Stratford Green development on Hempstead Turnpike.

The competition: A similar size end unit in the same complex is listed for $429,000.Recent sale in the area: A similar size unit in the complex sold in mid-July for $323,500.


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