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Buying and selling real estate in the communities of Long Island

Rich Cribs: Modern makeover in Old Westbury, and more

Soaring ceilings, walls of glass and black walnut

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An Old Westbury home, on the market for $3.599 million, was given a complete modern makeover just over a year ago. The original 1981 ranch now features soaring ceilings, walls of glass and black walnut flooring throughout the house.

A sunken living room shares a two-sided fireplace with a banquet-size formal dining room. Its front foyer has a limestone floor and access to the backyard’s stone...

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Greenport's 'old schoolhouse' for sale

A house, known around Greenport as "the old

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Originally located on North Road across from Moores Lane, this circa-1880 Greenport farmhouse was once known as “the old schoolhouse.” It was purchased by the Burt family in 1942 for $400 and in 1943, it was moved to a family lot on County Road 48 at the cost of $350.

Seventy-one years later, Charles Burt, who grew up here, and his wife, Sue, are selling the home, which is listed with Paul...

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Wantagh house for sale, murals included

Explore a jungle, be a princess or fight

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Explore a jungle, be a princess or fight crime as a superhero in this three-bedroom, 1½-bath Wantagh house on the market for $379,000.

The home comes with several wall murals. One bedroom features Disney princesses such as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and superheroes, such as Iron Man and Batman. Another room’s walls are jungle-themed and covered with...

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Why you should buy her house in Shirley

Judy Mandala wants to sell her Shirley home

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Sellers. Judy and Sal Mandala

Address. 48 Fairlawn Ct., Shirley

Asking price. $549,000

The competition. A canal-front, three-bedroom house on Roneck Court is on the market for $399,999.

Recent sale in the area. There are no recent similar sales in the area.

Taxes. $14,856

Time on the market. Since January

Listing agent. Tracy Boucher, Coach Realtors, West...

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Under new rules, insurers must speed superstorm Sandy claims

Jaime Green sits in her gutted Oceanside home,

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New York has imposed new rules forcing insurers to process claims more quickly in areas hit by superstorm Sandy.

Insurers still have 15 business days after they receive a claim of loss to decide whether, and how much, to pay. However, under the Department of Financial Services’ new rules, insurers that cannot make a decision within that time can only get 30-day extensions, instead of the 90-day...

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Come to Oyster Bay open house and get a psychic reading

This 2,027-square-foot home in Oyster Bay was built

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Those who might go to one March 2 open house in Oyster Bay may want to think long and hard about their questions: The 1 to 8 p.m. event at the Mediterranean-style home at 15 Locust Lane will feature psychic readings.

Deborah Gutheil of Angels on Main in Sayville, one of the intuitive readers who will be on hand, says she already has a good feeling about the five-bedroom, 2-1/2-bathroom house,...

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Open House Watch: See 10 Valley Stream homes

This house at 6 Ash Lane is on

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This Tudor on a cul-de-sac in Valley Stream is on the market for $449,000. “It is very charming with a lot of character,” says listing agent Deborah Gerbore of Coach Realtors (516-536-8100). The three-bedroom, 1-1/2-bath home on Ash Lane has new windows, a new gas burner and in-ground sprinklers. “There is a large backyard that has a wraparound deck on the back and side of the house,” Gerbore says....

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Why you should buy their house in Franklin Square

Maria Stavropoulos with her children -- James, 8,

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Sellers. Maria and Dean Stavropoulos

Address. 733 Seabury Ave., Franklin Square

Asking price. $470,000

The competition. A three-bedroom, three-bath expanded ranch on Othello Avenue is on the market for $529,000.

Recent sale in the area. A ranch also on Seabury Avenue sold in October for $460,000.

Taxes. $11,236

Time on the market. Since May

Listing agent....

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Rich Cribs: Old Westbury basement bonus, and more

The lower level of this Old Westbury mansion,

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 The lower level of this Old Westbury mansion is the “ultimate playground for adults and children,” says listing agent Maria Babaev of Laffey Fine Homes.

On the market for $5.35 million, the seven-bedroom, 8½-bath house comes with a carpeted theater featuring a built-in projector, intricate lighting and reclining chairs. The space also has a home “food stand” with a popcorn machine and...

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Stony Brook home for sale, once owned by LI's first millionaire

On the market for $579,000, this historical Stony

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On the market for $579,000, this historical Stony Brook house was one of the many homes owned by Long Island’s first millionaire, Jonas Smith, says Karen Martin, the archivist for the Three Village Historical Society.

The three-bedroom, two-bath home is called the Hammond-Bayles house and comes complete with a Three Village Historical Society plaque to prove its historical significance. Many...

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