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.
Built in 1954, this updated four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 216 Cottage Blvd. in Hicksville is on the market for $489,000. “It’s a totally renovated, dormered ranch with new framing, insulation, Sheetrock and wiring,” says co-listing agent Christopher Hubbard of ReMax Central Properties (516-731-2700). “It is a complete new exterior, with newer siding, windows and a new blacktop driveway with...Read more »
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 Stone Grissom and 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,...Read more »
This historic house in Sea Cliff started out as a Victorian but was transformed into an Arts and Crafts-style home at the turn of the last century. The three-bedroom, 2½-bathroom home, built in 1873, recently came on the market for $699,000.
The Arts and Crafts architecture is much simpler and less ornate than the Victorian style, says listing agent Terry Sciubba of Sherlock Homes. “There’s...Read more »
Art Wilson, the owner of AJW Home Consultants in Ridge, has built what he calls Long Island’s first solar community. And it seems as though being green saves a lot of green.
The five-lot Middle Island subdivision comprises Gold Label Energy Star-rated ranches, four of which have sold. “Sales are excellent,” says listing agent Brenden Burns of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates, noting...Read more »
On a long list of amenities, you can check off underground tunnel for this Sands Point estate, which is on the market for $4.975 million. When the 7,700-square-foot manse was built on a 2-acre lot in 2007, the owners incorporated a lighted underground tunnel with a marble floor into the design.
Stretching 25 feet from the basement to an area next to the detached, four-car garage, the tunnel...Read more »
A Bay Shore Colonial on Great South Bay with 250 feet of private beach is on the market for $5.99 million.
Built in 1991 and dubbed The Sandcastle, the 14,200-square-foot home has walls of windows for taking in the water views, says Katherine Ferraro, listing agent with Karin Hendricks of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
There are six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two half-bathrooms....Read more »
Sellers: John and Beatrice Lonigro
Address: 2 Fleet Ct., Northport
Asking price $869,000
The basics: A five-bedroom, four-bath farm ranch on a 1.1-acre lot
The competition: A five-bedroom, 4½-bath Contemporary on Porpoise Court is listed for $999,900.
Recent sale in the area: A four-bedroom, 3½-bath Colonial on Clipper Drive sold in March for $830,000.
Taxes:...Read more »
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...Read more »
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.
Taxes:...Read more »
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...Read more »