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Kristin Lavin Taveira

Kristin Lavin Taveira has been writing for Newsday since 2005. In addition to covering the real estate scene, she writes about home interior trends and advice, home improvement and green living.

Over the years she has also written Newsday articles on everything from mid-level medical professionals to Muppets. She’s had two weekly columns for the paper covering real estate and books. Prior to Newsday, Kristin was assistant managing editor/online for a business-to-business technology magazine, where she managed the online content and wrote daily news articles and bi-weekly features. She also wrote a weekly fitness column for

Kristin also has an extensive background in newspaper, magazine and web design and production in such roles as editorial design director, production manager and assistant art director.

Massapequa Park house backs preserve

A look at the large, blooming trees at

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate / Greg Mario)

The large, blooming trees at the Massapequa Preserve are the first sight you take in as you step outside the sliding glass doors in the rear lower level of a Massapequa Park house on the market for $479,000.

“It’s really nice because on Long Island, houses are on top of each other with little backyards,” says Tiffany Pedone of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is listing the house. “Here, you...

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Pugatch Realty hosts twilight open house event

This home in Cedarhurst is one of many

(Credit: Pugatch Realty)

If you’re house hunting in the Five Town’s area, check this out: Pugatch Realty Corp. is hosting its annual twilight open house Wednesday, June 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wear comfortable shoes, because 20 homes are open to the public. Collect a raffle for each house you visit for a chance to win prizes that include gift certificates to local restaurants. The drawing is June 19.


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'Money Pit' home comes on the market for $12.5M

As the star in the 1986 movie, "The

(Credit: Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates)

It may not be a money pit, but the Lattingtown mansion used in the 1986 Tom Hanks movie about a fixer-upper may set someone back $12.5 million. The eight-bedroom house, built in 1898 on 5.5 acres, just hit the market and luckily doesn’t need any renovations. The current homeowners did all the work after buying the home in 2002. 

Eric Ridder of the Knight-Ridder newspaper family owned...

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Ewan McGregor once rented this Shelter Island home

Actor Ewan McGregor once rented this Shelter Island

(Credit: Saunders and Associates)

Even a Big Fish can get lost in this small "pond" on Shelter Island. Actor Ewan McGregor rented the waterfront property, now on the market for $5.125 million, confirms listing agent Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates.

Moore says the Scottish actor was so inconspicuous that she didn't know he had rented the property in 2011 and 2012 on the east side of Shelter Island until owners recently...

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Snap up Billy Joel's Sagaponack house at a $3.5M discount

The oceanfront home owned by musician Billy Joel

Billy Joel is in a new Realtor state of mind.

The rocker recently re-listed his his oceanfront Sagaponack home with a new agent, Nancy Mizrahi of Saunders, for $19.95 million. The 5,550-square-foot house, on 145 feet of sandy beach, had been on the market with Biana Stepanian of The Corcoran Group for $23.5 million.

This is the third time the Joel has put the home on the market. He first...

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Why you should buy her house in Long Beach

Marie Mignoli-Lombardi is selling her home in the

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Seller. Marie Mignoli-Lombardi

Address. 27 October Walk, Long Beach

Asking price. $549,000

The basics. A 2,100-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial built in 2003 on a 40-by-50-foot lot

The competition. A similar size home on the same walk is listed for the same price.

Recent sale in the area. A similar size home on West Olive Street sold Jan. 4 for $590,000.


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You get an award-winning pool with this Huntington home

The infinity edge pool and spa in the

(Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)

The water views from many rooms of this postmodern Huntington home are stunning, but they are even more impressive from the infinity edge pool and spa in the backyard.

The design, reminiscent of a trendy hotel, won an award from the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, says seller Carol Striker, who added the pool in 2004 and recently put the home on the market for $3.995 million.


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Former Madeleine Albright home in Upper Brookville for sale

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be U.S.

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State who served President Bill Clinton, called this Upper Brookville mansion home starting in the 1960s. The seven-bedroom home was recently listed for $2.998 million.

Albright, 77, was married to Joseph Medill Patterson Albright, whose aunt, Alicia Patterson, founded Newsday in 1940. He also helped run Newsday after his aunt died in 1963.


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Historic clock tower comes with Glen Cove house

The clock tower in the backyard at 1

(Credit: Newsday / Lisa Viscovich)

A piece of Gold Coast history lives on at Bob and Shirley Godfrey’s Glen Cove residence, which is on the market for $1.325 million.

Their property --  about three quarters of an acre on part of the former Pratt Estate -- includes a clock tower that once stood at the center of an administration complex designed to operate all of Pratt’s estates.

The clock tower, which stands about...

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Bedroom in Greenport house replicates Titanic stateroom

One of the three bedrooms in a Greenport

(Credit: Rosehip Partners)

One of the three bedrooms in a Greenport home on Long Island Sound listed for $1.65 million is a replica of a Titanic stateroom, complete with nautical-style bunk beds, built-in drawers and fixtures.

During the past four years, the seller, a serial renovator, installed a new kitchen (with marble countertops and stainless-steel appliances) that flows into light-filled living and dining spaces.


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