Buying and selling real estate in the communities of Long Island
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Valerie Kellogg fell in love with real estate when she bought her first home in 2004. Monitoring the real estate ads and checking out open houses soon became an addiction. The housing gods smiled down when she got offered the job of Newsday's shelter editor in early 2006, overseeing the real estate and home section. She had been at Newsday since 2000, editing the opinion pages, as well as the advice, faith and technology sections. Currently, she also edits the Long Island arts and kids sections and runs this blog.
A 1994 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Valerie has worked at CBS (where she helped launch cbsnewyork.com), the Long Island Voice and the Bridgewater (N.J.) Courier-News. She taught journalism part time at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University from 1999 to 2010. She attended the school on a full scholarship package, earning her bachelor's in art history with a minor in journalism. She grew up in East Northport.
Valerie lives in Huntington (in a house she bought in 2006) with her husband, Richard T. McKenna, and son, Harrison.
Actor Adam Sandler will film scenes for a new movie at a Brookville home listed for $10.9 million, says the broker listing the property.
Sandler and actress Ellen Barkin will be at the estate this weekend to work on the film, says Shawn Elliott, who owns Woodbury-based Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates.
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The teacher sent a midday email to me the other day. I knew when I saw her name appear in the inbox that it wouldn’t be good news.
My 10-year-old refused to do a math lesson about partial quotients because, she said, he “did not like this method.” I learned later that he was defiant in the classroom, claiming that the new Common Core Standards are “pointless.”
When he got home after...Read more »
You could rely just on those Christmas wish lists, or you could go the extra mile and find a gift that will surprise your child.
This year, everything from Minecraft to Furby to Doc McStuffins is stocking retailers' shelves. Check out our picks for the season's hottest holiday toys in this segment from News 12 Long Island.
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Carson Daly, host of NBC's highly rated music competition show "The Voice," is in contract to buy a $6.499 million home in Manhasset, according to real estate records and people familiar with the deal.
The six-bedroom, five-bath, four-half-bath brick Colonial is on 1.3 acres with an in-ground pool, pool house and bluestone patio, according to the listing with Marybeth Avallone of...Read more »
A 2-acre oceanfront property on exclusive Meadow Lane in Southampton sold Thursday for $23 million, according to the website of the real estate firm with the listing.
There is an 8,000-square-foot house on the land, which is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Coopers Neck Pond. Built in 1930, the house has nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, two half-baths and "room for pool."
"The...Read more »
A 21.9-acre peninsula on Asharoken's Duck Island recently sold for $7 million, according to real estate records.
The last asking price for the property was $8 million. It first came on the market in 2011 for $12 million.
The buyer was John Rittenhouse, a London resident who runs EDF Trading. The Asharoken native's father is a former village police commissioner; his mother sat on the...Read more »
Fashion designer Vince Camuto's Southampton estate, on the market for more than $48 million, is in contract.
The asking price for the Nine West co-founder's 10,000-square-foot oceanfront home, located on 5.14 acres on storied Gin Lane, is $48 million. But the transfer price is expected to be higher because the buyer is purchasing an additional nine acres of land, says Tim Davis of The Corcoran...Read more »
Joyful is the word that came to mind when visiting Bounce! Trampoline Sports, the latest Long Island indoor play venue for kids.
I recently took my 10-year-old and two friends to test drive the 50,000-square-foot Syosset facility, a former kitchen-sink warehouse. The place is so big that the lines went fast, which was a relief for all of us on that busy, drizzly Sunday afternoon.
The...Read more »
There was some debate about my son’s school’s book fair this year — if a child’s family forgets to send him in with money, even after weeks’ worth of electronic and paper reminders, should he go home without a book?
One such child in my son’s class would have if it hadn’t been for the resourcefulness of his friends.
That day, I sent in $5 and change with my son, who informed me a few...Read more »
Billy Joel is saying goodbye to Sagaponack.
The oceanfront home where he lives part time has just been listed for $23.5 million. It's the second time the rocker has tried to sell the 5,550-square-foot house. He took it off the market last January. Its asking price was $16.75 million, down from $22.5 million when Joel first tried to sell it in 2009.
A pool is being constructed on the...Read more »