This Westbury cape, on the market for $595,000, wouldn't look out of place in Italy. The owners did an extensive renovation to the 1949 home, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a half-bath, adding Venetian plaster and hand-painted frescoes and creating an antique Italianate design.

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"He created a manor house kind of look," says listing agent Daniel Gale's Randell Beck. "He really just made it have the feel of something that is way up in the mountains and out in the woods."

The sellers also invested in landscaping, adding a koi pond and waterfall to the backyard.