Set on a bluff overlooking Hempstead Harbor, the compact
village of Sea Cliff is known for its small-town charm, established arts
community, historic Victorian architecture - and not many new homes.
So when new construction does pop up, it's likely to be one house at a
time. That's the case at 86 Ransom Ave., where builder Sergei Antonov has torn
down a small cape, replacing it with a 4,500-square-foot "center hall Colonial
with Victorian touches."
Designed by Roslyn-based architect Matthew Korn, the $1.6 million home has
four bedrooms and 3� baths on a nearly half-acre lot that's within a few blocks
of an elementary school, a public library and the village center.
"It's almost smack in the middle of Sea Cliff," says Patricia Zebrowski of
Sherlock Homes Realty Corp. (516-671-1717), the property's listing agent and a
longtime village resident.
The entrance to the house has a three-story foyer, with two levels of
windows designed to bring in additional light. The great room has a fireplace,
with space above the brown marble mantel for a flat-screen TV. There are bay
windows in the adjacent dining room, as well as high horizontal windows in the
great room to provide light but maintain privacy from the street. Crown molding
and 10-foot tray ceilings are featured throughout the house; the hardwood
floors will be stained dark brown, with decorative borders.
The kitchen includes a "computer nook" in one corner, as well as a center
island, a six-burner gas stove, granite countertops and cherry wood cabinets.
From the kitchen there is access to a breakfast area on one side, a formal
dining room on the other, and a patio in the backyard.
Also on the first floor is a guest bathroom, a laundry room and a side
entrance from the yard to a mudroom that connects to an oversized two-car
The second-floor master bedroom suite has "his and her" walk-in closets and
a bath with a Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, separate toilet area and an enclosed
glass shower with a bench. Another bedroom has a double closet and private
bath. There is a hallway bathroom; the two other bedrooms have walk-in closets.
The unfinished basement offers 2,800 square feet of space with no
supporting beams, so it can be subdivided into separate rooms according to the
homeowners' preferences, Antonov says.
During the past decade, Antonov has built about two dozen houses on Long
Island, first in eastern Suffolk and more recently in the Roslyn area. This is
his first project in Sea Cliff, and it is expected to be completed by early
spring.SEND information on new construction to Valerie Kellogg, shelter editor,
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