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Buying and selling real estate in the communities of Long Island

Polo player's Old Westbury getaway for sale

This Georgian style brick Colonial in Old Westbury

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About 90 years ago, Robert Strawbridge Jr., of the Strawbridge & Clothier department store family in Philadelphia, hired noted architect William Lawrence Bottomley to design this brick Georgian Colonial in Old Westbury as a little getaway on the Gold Coast.

Built in 1926, the three-story home was originally part of a more-than-100-acre estate where Strawbridge, a star polo player, had...

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Babylon home designed to withstand the elements

The 5,000-square-foot house in Babylon is listed for

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This waterfront home in Babylon, listed for $2.5 million, was built to last. It is made of multiple masonry products.

Michel Zack, one of two partners who own the property, is in the home-construction business. He is of Czechoslovakian descent and very proud of the house, saying, “It is spotless and very European.”

The 5,000-square-foot home was completed in 2006 after five years of...

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Daniel Gale Sotheby's buys Garden City firm

Taylor Warner Realty of Garden City.

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Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty has acquired a Garden City brokerage, the Cold Spring Harbor-based realty company announced Monday.

The brokerage, Taylor Warner, is Garden City’s longest-running independent realty company, according to Daniel Gale Sotheby’s. Taylor Warner was founded in 1919, and since 1952 has been owned by members of the same family.  Bob Krener bought the...

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Why you should buy their house in West Hempstead

West Hempstead residents Rita and Maurice Katz in

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Sellers: Rita and Maurice Katz

Address: 391 Maple St., West Hempstead

Asking price: $475,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, two-bath Colonial on a .15-acre lot

The competition: A four-bedroom split-level on the same street is listed for $579,000.

Recent sale in the area: An expanded ranch on the same street sold in April for $336,000.

Taxes: $11,360

Time on...

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East Moriches home retains historic details

This restored Victorian in the East Moriches Historic

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This restored Victorian in the East Moriches Historic District was built for a local pastor in 1887 and moved to its current location on a private lane just a short walk from the village.

Extensively renovated in the last year with a new roof, central air-conditioning, oil heat and chef’s kitchen, the home — on the market for $949,000 with Mario D’Amore of Unique Home Sales of Long Island...

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Open house watch: See 13 Selden homes this weekend

This house at 38 Mooney Pond Rd. in

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This three-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch house on Mooney Pond Road in Selden is on the market for $339,000.

“The home has a new eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops and new stainless-steel appliances,” says listing agent Margaret Tsoukaris of ReMax Integrity Leaders (631-736-2000). There is a side door off the kitchen that leads to a fenced-in backyard. The property is...

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This $3.29M Great Neck home has 2 theaters

One of two home theaters in a Great

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This Great Neck home, listed for $3.29 million, comes with two home theaters.

In the kitchen-den area, a screen comes down from the ceiling with a high-definition projector for playing movies. Seller Saul Modlin has four children, ages 9 and younger, so he also has a Nintendo Wii hooked up to the screen along with a Blu-ray player and the capability to stream from iTunes.

In this theater,...

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Waterslide turns Dix Hills home into a park-like oasis

"As nice as the house is, the backyard

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Who needs a trip to Splish Splash when you can spend the summers in this water park-like backyard in Dix Hills? The sloping, landscaped property features a waterslide into the free-form pool. The property is on the market for $2.249 million.

“It’s very dramatic,” says listing agent Paulette Nadel of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “It’s like Disney World.”

Up on the hill is a sports court,...

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Old Westbury home comes with its own sports complex

The Old Westbury estate's sports emporium comes with

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A complete sports emporium — including a 74-by-56-foot basketball court, gym, locker room, kitchen and sauna — is on the market as part of an Old Westbury estate for $6.998 million.

The owners had the sports center built for the family and children in the neighborhood to have a place to play basketball.

“There were often times where my son would play basketball with the neighborhood...

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News 12: Take the Rich Cribs quiz

This house in Old Field is listed for

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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 villas -- and then gave her a quiz on which has the highest asking price. Here's the clip, in case you missed it, with a list of the agents representing each of the...

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