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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.

Open House Watch: See 5 Holtsville homes this weekend

This home at 6 Priscilla Ave. in Holtsville

(Credit: Realty Connect USA)

The asking price for this four-bedroom, two-bathroom cape-style home at 6 Priscilla Ave. in Holtsville was recently reduced to $364,000. “There is a huge sunroom that is 15 feet by 30 feet with skylights,” says listing agent Cynthia Fiore of Realty Connect USA (877-647-1092). The sunroom looks onto a professionally landscaped property located near a wooded area. “The kitchen has been all updated...

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Why you should buy her house in Massapequa

Jean Kappes next to the granite countertop that

(Credit: Uli Seit)

Seller: Jean Kappes

Address: 6 Brightwater Place, Massapequa

Asking price: $599,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, 1½-bath expanded ranch on a 144-by-125-foot waterfront lot at the top of a canal.

The competition: A similar-size home, also at the top of a canal, is listed for $649,620.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom Cape on West Shore Drive sold July 28 for $485,000.


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'Wolf of Wall Street' architect renovated Sands Point home

This Sands Point home, on the market for

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

This Sands Point home, on the market for $4.95 million, was built in 1913 and renovated in 1986 by famed architect Myron Goldfinger. (One of his Long Island designs was featured in a party scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”)

The house overlooks Long Island Sound in the back and Manhasset Bay in the front; the home and its 10 rooms face the water. There’s a one-bedroom guest cottage with an...

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$3.65M Atlantic Beach house with 3 kitchens

This renovated 1926 home overlooking Reynolds Channel in

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

This renovated 1926 house overlooking Reynolds Channel in Atlantic Beach listed for $3.65 million takes full advantage of its waterfront location. Seller Joe Iorio, a builder, says the home was constructed before a law went into effect mandating that owners build on only 38 percent of the property.

“It’s a house that can’t be rebuilt, that’s for sure,” Iorio says.

The property includes...

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J.Crew chief selling Wainscott home for $26.5M

The head of J Crew is selling his

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate / Aleksandra S. Saland)

The head of J.Crew is selling his waterfront Hamptons property with views of Wainscott Pond for $26.5 million.

The 3,500-square-foot Wainscott home is on 2.3 acres with 315 feet of frontage, says Paul Brennan of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is co-listing the home.

It belongs to Mickey Drexler, the clothing chain’s chairman and chief executive.The location is “one of the most painted...

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A post-and-beam cabin in Manorville

Nestled on a 2.6-acre Manorville property is this

(Credit: Little Bay Realty)

Nestled on a 2.6-acre Manorville property is a one-bedroom, two-bath red oak post-and-beam cabin, on the market for $399,000. The property includes a barn and two sheds near the cabin.

“Post-and-beam framing is put together using no nails but pegs instead,” says homeowner Kathleen McConnell. “The carpenters had to cut the beams to fit each other. It really is a work of art ... and we used...

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Why you should buy their house in Bellmore

Lee Perrotta-Fityo and Paul Fityo in their kitchen

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Sellers: Lee Perrotta-Fityo and Paul Fityo

Address: 2518 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore

Asking price: $465,999

The basics: A four-bedroom, two-bath Colonial on a 101-by-102-foot lot.

The competition: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath split-level on Florin Court is listed for $469,000.

Recent sale in the area: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath split-level on Newbridge Road sold July 30 for $440,000.


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Oakdale house used to be bowling alley

A three-bedroom house in Oakdale, is listed for

(Credit: Century 21 Bays Edge Realty)

A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Oakdale, listed for $499,000, once housed a two-lane bowling alley. It was originally part of the William K. Vanderbilt estate, the main house of which is home to Dowling College. The 2,471-square-foot house also once included a separate room devoted to billiards.

A nearby kitchen was eventually attached to the house, which is on a .59-acre lot. Vanderbilt’s...

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An indoor pool at Huntington Harbor home with a view

This six-bedroom, five-bathroom house in Huntington Harbor includes

(Credit: Laffey Fine Homes)

It’s easy to feel like you’re on vacation in this chalet-style home set 60 feet above Huntington Harbor. Along with decks on two floors, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house also features a heated indoor gunite pool and steam shower. It was recently listed for $1.05 million.

The house was built in 1982; the current owner purchased it in the mid-80s, adding a wing with the pool and master bedroom,...

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Old Westbury mansion reminiscent of a Newport castle

An Old Westbury mansion built by Thomas Hastings,

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

An Old Westbury mansion built by Thomas Hastings — the architect for the New York Public Library — is on the market for $9.49 million.

Hastings was the original owner of the 1913 home, says Dalia Elison, listing agent for the house with Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

The 10-bedroom home contains original murals, including one depicting a sky on a ceiling of the breakfast room, Elison says,...

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