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Valerie Kellogg

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.

Billy Joel finds buyer for Sagaponack home

Billy Joel's Sagaponack home stayed "bone dry" during

(Credit: Saunders and Associates)

Billy Joel may soon be “movin’ out” of his waterfront home in Sagaponack.

Nancy Mizrahi of Saunders & Associates, the listing agent for the 5,500-square-foot house, confirmed that it recently went into contract. The house has been on the market for $19.95 million since June. Mizrahi said it will close “pretty soon,” though she declined to provide any more details on the potential buyer.

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News 12: Upper Brookville bowling alley home, and more

This Upper Brookville estate, which is for sale,

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

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 homes. 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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Open House Watch: See 12 Manorville homes this weekend

This house at 7 Manorage Rd., Manorville, is

This six-bedroom, 3½-bathroom expanded Colonial on Manorage Road in Manorville is listed for $475,000. “It’s a really cool house,” says listing agent Patricia Texeira of Coldwell Banker M&D Goodlife. “There is a separate wing of the house that has two bedrooms, a bath and a large living area." The home features hardwood and ceramic floors throughout, tray ceilings, wainscoting, custom moldings...

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Cutchogue property comes with ice house

This 5-bedroom farmhouse with six outbuildings on 2.16

(Credit: Lori Feilen)

At first glance, the farmhouse and its six outbuildings on 2.16 acres in Cutchogue listed for sale for $969,000 could be straight from the farm scenes in “The Wizard of Oz.”

The main building, a circa 1840 farmhouse, has five bedrooms and 1½ baths and remains largely original. “It’s very, very rare to find an original farmhouse that hasn’t been altered to come on the market,” says listing...

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Why you should buy their house in Patchogue

Diane and Mike Keil in the sitting room

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Sellers:  Diane and Mike Keil

Address:  72 Patchogue Ave., Patchogue

Asking price:  $312,500

The basics:  A three-bedroom, 1½-bath Colonial on a 60-by-100-foot lot

The competition:  A three-bedroom Colonial on Risley Road is listed for $274,900.

Recent sale in the area:  A four-bedroom, two-bath ranch on Sherman Street sold May 27 for $265,000.

Taxes: ...

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Hewlett home comes with waterwheel

This Hewlett home on the market in July

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate / Chuck Danas Photography)

Builder John Cusumano built this Hewlett Colonial, on the market in the range of $1.25 million to $1.375 million, for himself.

“Everything was done for his personal use — it’s very over the top,” says Thomas Tripodi of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is listing the house with Gil Shemtov.

As you enter the house, there is a stream with a waterwheel. In the living room, there is a silver...

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Columnist selling Atlantic Beach pad

This modern beachfront house in Atlantic Beach on

(Credit: Citi Habitats)

This modern beachfront home has provided one Manhattan resident with an escape from the city, but without the three-hour drive to the East End. Daily News columnist and novelist Linda Stasi recently listed her six-bedroom, 3½-bathroom Atlantic Beach home for $3.799 million.

“You’re on the same ocean as the Hamptons,” says Stasi.

The home has been used for fashion shoots and served as...

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Chateau, palazzo or North Shore mansion?

On the market in July 2014 for $11.8

Is this mansion in Mill Neck or on the Mediterranean? Listed for $11.8 million, the 15,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom home looks like it could be in Europe.

Built in 1915, it has a two-story great room with 16-foot ceilings and arched floor-to-ceiling windows.

On the first floor, off the front entrance hallway, is a billiards room and media room with a ceiling that looks like the night...

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Sellers to try to auction off Kings Point property

A unique parcel of land located in Kings

A unique parcel of land located in Kings Point is going on auction Wednesday night.

The 40,000-square-foot waterfront property features a 400-foot driveway that leads to a 3,700-square-foot seven-bedroom, 2.5-bath Contemporary-style home resting on a half peninsula with 395 feet of frontage on Manhasset Bay. There is a 14-foot elevation and an additional 20,000 square feet of usable shoreline.

“Property...

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Anderson Cooper's other Hamptons home now for sale

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is putting his second

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is putting his second Quiogue property up for sale after trying to rent it out. Cooper is asking $3.599 million for the English Country waterfront cottage.

The four-bedroom, 3½-bath home was built in 1928 — the year is carved into the center of the stone fireplace in living room — and was once a sports club for a nearby estate, according Douglas Elliman Real Estate...

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